GLUTEN FREE GINGERBREAD MEN

Tis’ the season to eat gingerbread men!! I spent ages trying to find a way to make tasty gluten free gingerbread, and found this the recipe works a treat. It is simple with very few ingredients, and super fun to make. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy these festive treats, so get baking!!

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Ingredients

For the gingerbread

  • 225g (9oz) gluten free plain flour (I am using Doves Farm)
  • 100g (4oz) golden caster sugar
  • 100g (4oz) butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 pinch bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup

For the icing

  • 2 egg whites
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 2 drops vanilla extract

Method

Makes approx 6 gingerbread men

  1. Preheat the oven to 150C / Gas Mark 2.
  2. Start by mixing the flour, sugar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
  3. Next rub in the butter to form a fine breadcrumb like mixture.
  4. Spoon the syrup into a separate bowl and put it in the microwave for 20 seconds to melt it slightly, then add this to your breadcrumb mixture to form a dough. The syrup will help bind the mixture. This part can be quite messy so you have to be patient with it! Add more flour if the mix gets too sticky.
  5. Roll it into a ball using your hands and roll out on a clean surface to approx 1cm thick (the mixture may crack slightly at the edges but that is normal).
  6. Cut out using a gingerbread man cookie cutter and keep rolling out until you have used up all the mixture.
  7. Place onto a greased baking tray, with a good distance between each gingerbread in case they expand slightly during baking. Bake for approx 20 minutes. Make sure your oven isn’t too hot, as they come out a lot better at a lower heat for a longer period of time (this may vary depending on your oven).
  8. When they are done, leave them on a rack to cool and prepare your icing. I mix 2 egg whites with 400g icing sugar and a couple of drops of vanilla extract, then pipe it onto my cookies (if the icing doesn’t seem thick enough, just add more icing sugar to get the right consistency). This style icing sets very quickly so is perfect for gingerbread men.
  9. Enjoy!!

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Gingerbread men are so much fun to make and decorate, and baking is a perfect family activity for over the Christmas holidays! Just because you can’t eat gluten doesn’t mean you can’t have delicious gingerbreads just like everyone else and remember, you don’t just have to make gingerbread men, you could make stars, hearts, dogs – whatever shapes you like!

I hope you love this recipe just as much as I do and continue to enjoy the festive season!

K

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