This is a very old recipe from my Mother’s recipe book and when I looked at a more modern recipe I found that gingerbread men are now called gingerbread people! Who knew that?
So, call them what you will, here is the recipe:
Oven 160 C 325 F or gas mark 3
- Grease or line three baking sheets
- 10 oz self raising flour
- A pinch of salt
- 3 teaspoons of ground ginger
- 4 oz soft brown sugar
- 2 oz butter
- 3 Tablespoons golden syrup
- 2 – 4 Tablespoons milk
- Currants, glace cherries and or icing
Warm sugar, butter and golden syrup together, meanwhile sift the flour with salt and ginger. Mix these dry ingredients together with the liquid and, if necessary, add some milk to make a firm dough. Knead slightly on a floured board, then roll out, not too thin unless you want crispy biscuits!
Cut out shapes and place on the baking sheets adding two currant pieces for eyes and a small piece of glace cherry for a mouth.
Or leave blank and ice later. Bake for 10-15 minutes until firm and golden. Allow to cool slightly on the baking sheet and then transfer carefully onto a wire cooling rack. Decorate with colored icing. This should make about 16-20 depending on the size of your cutter.
They will keep in an air-tight tin.