- 340g plain flour (or) 1 1/2 cups
- 115g brown sugar (or) 1/2 cups
- 10g bicarbonate of soda (or) 2 teaspoons
- 20g of ginger powder (or) 4 teaspoons
- 170g butter (or) 3/4 cup
- 40ml golden syrup (or treacle) (or) 1/3 cup Karo
- and one egg
- Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl to remove clumps.
- Chop in cold butter and crumble between your forefingers and thumb to make a sandy mixture.
- Pour in the wet ingredients (syrup, egg) and mix together to form a pasty cement mixture.
- Use your hands, squash together the mixture, and then knead to create a dough.
- Roll out to 4-5mm thick on a floured surface. Anything thicker than a 1p coin (English) will produce cookies that are too puffy.
- Use a shaped cutter to cut out men. Draw in expressions and ‘buttons’ with a skewer.
- Lift onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake at 180ºC for 6-8mins.
- When the cookies look ‘tanned’, form and lift without breaking, take out of the over.
- Completely cool.
- Using chocolate buttons, icing (frosting) and sweets, decorate the gingerbread men.
Find the Ramadan Cookie Project details here: http://www.theecomuslim.com/2011/08/ramadan-gingerbread-cookie-project.html#.T7LxCxypT9o The original gingerbread recipe is on Zaufishan’s educational blog: http://www.zaufishan.co.uk/2009/09/making-gingerbread-men.html?m=0