What to do on a cold blustery Thursday afternoon?
Make 'bikits' of course!!
Boy & I decided to grab out the cookie cutters and the rolling pin and make ourselves some yummy gingerbread men.
I'm not sure where I got this recipe from - its just written down on a piece of paper. However, knowing me .. I probably stole it from a Donna Hay magazine while flipping through the pages at the supermarket.. or the docs surgery.
(Don't tell me you've never done it!..)
1/4 cup (90g) brown sugar
2 & 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
2 teaspoons ground ginger, sifted
1 teaspoon bi-carb, sifted.
Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and combine.
1 quantity of Gingerbread Mix
125g butter, diced
2/3 cup (230g) golden syrup
Before combining ingredients, remove approx a cup of gingerbread mix and set aside.
Now combine your remaining gingerbread mix, butter and golden syrup.
You want it to form a smooth dough that is still quite wet. So add your left over cup of gingerbread mix slowly-- you may need all or none depending on the consistency of the dough.
Basically your dough should come together easily when pressed between two fingers but if its rolling around in a ball at the end of the beater its too wet.
Separate the mixture in half and wrap each half in glad wrap before refrigerating for 30 mins.
(If you have any gingerbread mix left over keep it and use it to flour the bench and rolling pin for later, otherwise for a less messy option you can put the Gingerbread dough between two sheets of baking paper)
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.
After it has been in the fridge for the required amount of time roll it out to be approx 5mm thick.
Then bake it for approx 8 minutes. Depending on how thick your 'bikits' are & if your oven runs hot you may need less time. Ours only took about 6 mins (otherwise they end up breaking your teeth)
When you get them out you want them to be soft in the middle still. Let them sit and as they cool they will harden up enough for you to pick them up comfortably without them crumbling.
Delicious gingerbread 'bikits' made by Boy.