Spicy and Sweet!

December 14th, 2011 Leave a Comment 1

No dear reader! Not our workshop elves but our Christmas window display. If you’d like to re-create some of the yuletide deliciousness gracing our windows at Goodman Morris, please feel free to use our tweaked, tried and tested recipe…

GINGERBREAD DOUGH

3/4 cup of molasses (we’ve used black treacle when molasses are thin on the ground)

3/4 cup of golden caster sugar

2 & 1/2 tablespoons each of ground ginger and ground cinnamon

3/4 cup of unsalted chopped butter (125 grams seems to do it)

1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

1 beaten egg

Approx 5 cups of plain flour

Bring the molasses/treacle, sugar, ginger and cinnamon to boil in a large, sturdy pan (your kitchen will instantly smell Christmassy and delicious). Take off the heat, add the bicarbonate of soda, stand back and with an outstretched arm, gingerly stir the mixture and wait for the reaction! Place the chopped butter in a mixing bowl and pour the warm, foamy mixture over the butter. Mix to combine. Beat the egg into the mix and then gradually add the flour until you have a stiff but pliable dough, you’re aiming for a kind of aromatic playdough…

Roll the dough out, cut your shapes and bake in a moderate oven for ten to twenty minutes depending on the size and thickness of the piece. Construct, decorate, stand back and admire your handiwork!

TOP TIPS

OK, our all time top tip is don’t try this without a cake-mixer unless you have biceps of steel and terrier-like tenacity!

Once you’ve acquired the aforementioned mixer and perfected your dough making technique you can make hearts, stars, reindeer and houses, or in fact anything that your biscuit cutter collection or imagination allows you. You can make your own paper house template, or if you’d like ours just mail a request to: info@goodmanmorris.com

When we made our house we rolled the dough onto floured baking parchment and lifted the parchment straight onto the baking trays to cook.

If you want to make coloured, glazed windows you can pulverize (great to relieve any pre-crimbo stress) boiled sweets. Unwrap them, pop them into a sandwich bag and merrily attack with a rolling pin – so satisfying. Sprinkle the resulting powder into cut out window holes. This will melt as the gingerbread cooks and you will have marvellous stained glass windows.

We used a ‘cement’ made from egg white and icing sugar to glue our house together and to stick on sweeties. Take the construction process slowly. Start with a firm foundation – a cake board or plate. The four base walls need to be firmly ‘set’ together before you put the roof on. You can make a slightly more liquid version of the icing for pouring over the roof as snow.

Our final top tip…? Don’t leave the finished item unsupervised in a room full of small children (or indeed hungry jewellers) unless you have a great method for coping with an unexpected sugar rush.

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