Ingredients - Makes approx. 18, depending on the size of your ideal husband
|1lb (450g) plain flour||1 dessertspoon ground ginger|
|½ dessertspoon cinnamon||4 tablespoons black treacle|
|8oz (225g) soft brown sugar||1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda|
|Pinch salt||1 tablespoon milk|
|4oz (125g) butter||A few currants to decorate|
- Sift the flour, spices and salt into a large mixing bowl.
- Warm butter, treacle and sugar until the sugar dissolves and the treacle melts, stirring continuously.
- Let this cool a little before stirring into the flour mixture.
- Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in milk and add this to the mixture to make a pastry like dough (you may need to use a little more milk).
- Chill in the fridge for about 40 minutes
- Meanwhile, make a cardboard pattern of your ideal husband (or use a gingerbread man cutter if you are not that fussed).
- Pre-set oven to 170ºC/325ºF/Gas Mark 3.
- Roll out the chilled dough and cut out your gingerbread husbands.
- Place your husbands on a greased baking tray and put currants on them for eyes , noses and buttons (mouths optional).
- Back for 15 minutes or until evenly brown.
- Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight tin.
Actually my gingerbread husbands didn’t last long enough to either cool or store in a tin!