“Run run as fast as you can”…Ginger Bread People – Thermomix Style

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Doesn’t everyone love a gingerbread man?  Miss E asked if I could do some Christmas cooking with her class at school last week.   The thought of actually cooking with 25 of them scared the pants off me so we thought that the kids might like to decorate something we had already made instead!  Line up the Ginger Bread People and some chocolate cupcakes to make into Rudolphs (see that recipe here if you like).

We whizzed up the gingerbread dough in the Thermomix which made it very easy (it’s easy anyway) but if you don’t have one, the regular recipe I like to use is this Donna Hay one.  (Scroll down for my Thermomix recipe).

Normally when I make cakes with the girls it ends up in a big mess and then I get cranky, this time they said it was the best fun that they have had in the kitchen for ages, sweet!

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 Perhaps the choice of headwear and doing it in PJ’s (at 3.30pm) had something to do with it?????

The girls loved cutting out the shapes (and making a few of their own creations as well). I put a hole in the top of the heads (using the nozzle from a piping bag but a skewer would also work) so that once they were baked we could put some twine through them and then they could be used decorations for the Christmas tree (that was the plan anyway).

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I bundled them all off to school with some M&M’s and some icing that I put in zip lock bags (so that they could use them like piping bags) and the kids had a great time.  There was quite a mess as my icing was a tad runny shall we say and a lot more M&M’s and jaffas were eaten than perhaps the teacher would have liked on a Thursday morning.

From what I could see I don’t think many made it home for the Christmas tree either!

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I felt like the headless one after the session! 

Anyway all you really wanted was the recipe wasn’t it?  Here it is!  Enjoy.

Ginger Bread People – Thermomix Style

Ingredients

  • 125g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 90 g brown sugar
  • 230 g golden syrup
  • 375 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar, Speed 4 / 15 seconds, scrape sides
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients and combine Speed 3 / Reverse / 25 seconds. Scrape sides
  3. Knead the dough 1 minute kneading function and then remove from the TM.
  4. Form the dough into a ball and then divide into two.
  5. Take 2 sheets of baking paper and roll half the dough between them until about 2 cm thick. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Refrigerate flat for 30 minutes
  6. Preheat the oven to 160 C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  7. Remove dough from fridge and use your gingerbread person cutter (or cookie cutter of choice) to cut out the shapes and place on the baking trays re-rolling the dough as necessary. Put a hole in the top of the shape large enough for your twine to fit through. (I used a piping bag nozzle).
  8. Bake in the oven for 6 - 8 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven but leave on the trays for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Thread twine through the hole and then decorate away.
  10. Makes about 32 mini gingerbread people. Will keep in an airtight container for 3 - 4 days.
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Gift Idea:  You could put some decorated ones in a jar and give as a present.

Time Saving Tip: If you didn’t want to make all 32 at once you can freeze the dough for up to 3 months

Do you have a favourite Ginger Bread Recipe?  Do you think I was mad to attempt cooking with 25 7 & 8 year olds?

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