Gingerbread is an extremely popular dessert that is particularly fun with kids. Children love the creative element of making their own gingerbread men and houses, and the solid and resilient nature of the bread makes it something that you can use in a huge variety of ways.
Gingerbread is also unique for not being too sickly sweet or unhealthy. Actually, ginger is very good for you and has a number of positive health benefits – and there’s not quite as much sugar in here as there is in other types of cake and dessert. Make no mistake: this certainly isn’t a health food! But it’s also something you can snack on without too much guilt.
And the best part is that it’s actually pretty easy to make! In this post, you’ll learn a range of different gingerbread recipes starting with the simple and straightforward, all the way up to the more complex and interesting. At the same time, you’ll discover how you can make that gingerbread into some really interesting constructions with lots of ideas for presentation.
Ready? Let’s go!
1 Extremely Simple Gingerbread Recipe
Let’s start with the most basic and straightforward gingerbread recipe that we can come up with. This will serve as a useful basis for all your other creations.
For this recipe, you will need: 350g of plain flour, 100g of butter, 5.5 teaspoons of ground ginger, 1.5 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1tsp of bicarbonate soda, 175g light brown soft sugar, 4 tbsp of golden syrup, 1 medium egg.
You’re then going to preheat the oven to 180C and put the dry ingredients in a bowl to mix. Use your fingerprints and keep going until it is crumbly. Then add in the syrup and the egg and mix until you form a firm pastry.
Now take a rolling pin and roll them out to 5mm thick. Take the gingerbread and place on a greased, non-stick baking tray. Bake until golden (about 15 minutes) and enjoy!