The Gingerbread Wreath

About 2 years ago I obsessed with making a Gingerbread man wreath, I made SO much gingerbread that I actually haven’t made gingerbread since.  But plan to make some more again this year.

The basic gingerbread recipe is a traditional Finnish recipe, given to me by my Finnish sister-in-law.

  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g soft butter
  • 175g light softbrown sugar
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

To decorate

  • Writing icing
  • cake decorations

 

Preparation method

  1. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of your food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  2. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 1800C. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
My reindeer

My reindeer

 

  1. Roll the dough out to approx mm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them, if not doing the wreath.  If you are doing the wreath, see below.
  2. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.

Wreath Preparation method

  1. Draw a circle on greaseproof, using a dinner plate, in pencil.
  2. Place the men, “holding hands”, using a pastry brush, paint water on the bottom hand, then press the top hand on top.
  3. Place in the freezer for ten minutes prior to cooking.

Leave to cool on the tray before threading ribbon through the little men.  This is NOT my pic, but I will pt mine up as soon as I have it made!

gingerwreath

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