It’s funny how we learn how to love and be loved first from our parents. My Mum shows people she loves them through food and I have inherited this from her. This was the first ever recipe I made with my son and I remember making it with my Mum when I was little. I also handily got some cool “Ninja” bread man cutters from an online shop which I loved and so did my son but he made some hearts for me too.
This does make a very traditional, crisp gingerbread man with a strong ginger flavour which is how I had them when I was little. If you prefer them a little softer, take them out a little earlier or it might be an idea to substitute the flour for self raising (they will spread though). If you like a milder flavour, cut down on the ginger a little.
(Ninja) Ginger Bread Men – Makes lots
60g, 2oz Butter or margarine
60g, 2oz Caster sugar (regular sugar or granulated sugar is fine, just gives a grainier texture)
1 tbsp Black treacle – sorry US readers, I don’t think there is any direct replacement but molasses is probably closest
115g, 4oz Plain (all purpose) flour
1 tbsp Ground Ginger (Powdered Ginger)
Pinch mixed spice (pumpkin pie spice)
Little milk to mix, use soy milk if liked
Preheat the oven to 180oC, 350F, Gas Mark 4.
Cream the butter and sugar, add the treacle then mix in the dry ingredients. Add in enough milk to make to a stiff paste (you might not need it.) Roll out thinly, using flour to dust and cut out whatever shapes you like, hearts, ninjas...
Bake for around 10 minutes, cool on a wire rack and decorate! I've linked this to Simple Living's linky.