If you need an excuse to eat these, ginger has all sorts of healing properties you can benefit from. Ginger is a warming herb, a perfect remedy for people who feel the cold. Also known as an aphrodisiac, it restores our internal fire and kindles our passion. Traditionally used for all kinds of nausea it is also safe in pregnancy.
This recipe has added stem ginger for extra zing, and can be lots of fun to make with kids, especially when you get to decorating.
Here’s my recipe for Gluten free Gingerbread Men:
350g gluten free flour (I use Dove Farm)
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g dark soft brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
2 balls stem ginger from a jar, chopped
icing sugar, water and decorations
- Using a food processor mix together the flour, xanthan gum, ginger, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda.
- Add the butter to the food processor and mix until it looks like bread crumbs
- Now add the sugar and chopped ginger and mix thoroughly again.
- Add the golden syrup and egg, mix until it forms a dough
- Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge to cool for 20 minutes.
- Using flour to dust the surface, roll the dough to your required biscuit thickness,
- Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place these on greased baking sheets.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven 180 C/160 c fan, for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes
- Mix icing sugar with water and colouring together to create a sticky glue texture and use to decorate your gingerbread, or as a glue to stick on more decorations.
- Dunk in your favourite cuppa tea or frothy hot chocolate and enjoy.