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Thursday, May 09, 2013

It's Baking time, Part 2! [GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIES MAKING]

GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIES MAKING


This recipe makes about 4 baking trays (about 80 small gingerbread men or 24 large gingerbread men).


Ingredients needed:
- 400g plain flour
- 3/4 bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground giner
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice (i didnt have mixed spice, so i replaced it with 1/4 nutmeg)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 170g unsalted butter
- 110g dark brown sugar (didnt have dark brown sugar, hence i used brown sugar)
- 100 unsulfured molasses (cos i used brown sugar, hence i used about 110-120g of molasses to add on to more brown note).
- 1 large egg (just the egg white) (lightly beaten)

Things needed:
- Oven
- 2 large bowl
- Mixer
- Baking tin
- Rubber spatula (i used metal spoon)
- Cling Film (but i used normal plastic)
- Gingerbread man cookie cutter (i bought at Phoon Huat - Clementi outlet)


Time to Bake!!!

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Cookie cutter from Phoon Huat (clementi outlet)


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In a mixing bowl, whisk and sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ground ginger and mixed spice. Followed by the addition of salt. Mix well and set aside.

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Let the butter soften at room temperature. Place the softened butter into a mixing bowl. Add in the brown sugar and use a rubber spatula or spoon to mix the ingredients.

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Use a mixer to beat them until light and fluffy.

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Add in the molasses and slowly add the egg in 2-3 batches.
Beat at high speed till creamy.

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Gradually add the flour mixture. Initially, add a few tbsp at a time, then in large batches. Use a rubber spatula to roughly mix the flour mixture with the wet mixture.
Do not stir the mixture in a circular movement.
Use "cutting", "pressing" and "scraping" actions to combine the ingredients.
Lastly, use your hand to form the dough.
Do not overwork the dough.

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Looks like.....hmmmm... you know what i'm thinking...

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Divide the dough into 2 portions. Flatten them into about 1 inch thich and wrap in cling film. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (To harden it, so that it's easy to cut it later).

After refrigerate, work with 1 potion at a time. Roll the dough with the rolling pin to slightly flatter. Roll with the plastic above the dough, that would be easier.

Preheat the oven at 170*C. Line baking trays with parchment paper or just lightly brush it with butter or oil.

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Cut out shapes with the cookies cutters and transfer them to the baking tray.
You may decorate with some M&M chocolates.

Brush the cookies with egg white. Place the baking tray at the lowest rack. Bake at 170*C for about 15minutes.

Remove the baking tray from the oven. Leave the cookies to cool slightly on the baking tray. Decorate with royal icing as desired.

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Trying to act smart... dont wanna waste the egg yolk just now...
so i went to brush one of the cookies with egg yolk, turned out abit disgusting...
I guessed brushing it with egg white will have a more glossy surface.. but well.. i did not.... cos i dun wanna waste any more eggssss!


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My hubby and colleagues have tasted it and said its not bad...
So, Try now!!!!



Had a lot of fun baking today with hubby.... More to come soon~!!!


Next post will be MY 25th BDAY CELEBRATIONS~!!!



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