This time of year my menus at work start having things all warming and spicy in them, Halloween signals the start of the plunge into mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and most of all….Ginger !
Recently I had to make 400 gingerbread men & women for a special client, it was in September , I had people working at the studios asking why I was making Christmas stuff so soon as the building was full of the smell of baking gingerbread.
Well a couple of years ago I was making gingerbread men just around this time of year, playing with ideas for November/December time. I had cut out some gingerbread men and whilst placing them on the tray some of the heads ended up being slightly bent over, it reminded me of the way zombies heads loll around in those old “scary” movies, and so the idea for gingerbread zombies started to form.
I was originally going to call them Gingerdead men, but thought people might take offense…especially titian headed men 🙂
So here’s a pretty quick recipe and idea for design…I added green colour paste to the dough, use paste not liquid colour, as liquid will change the Dough consistency & you’ll end up with a snot like mess 😉
YOU WILL NEED:
A medium gingerbread man cutter.
Green colour PASTE
A batch of royal icing ( recipe here)
Red & Black colour paste
An oven pre-heated to 160c
And if you want ….a bit of the ole & green shimmer spray
RECIPE- (should make 8-10 medium cut outs)
125g unsalted butter
120g light soft brown sugar
4 Teaspoons of golden syrup
320g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 heaped teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon green food colour paste.
Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup on the stove until it’s all melted and sugar has dissolved, do not let it boil.
Leave to cool down slightly.
Sift all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add the melted ingredients to the dry with the food colour and beat until a smooth dough is formed.
If it seems dry add a touch more syrup, if too wet add a small amount of flour.
Roll out to around 5mm thick and place on tray on baking parchment, when on tray gently bend head to one side.
( you can mould together and re-roll this dough to get as much as you can out of it, no waste here)
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160c for around 15 minutes, they should brown slightly and the green fade a bit ( don’t worry when they are broken the green still appears in the middle like rotten innards 😉 )
Make some icing and colour some red and some black..decorate like images in gallery…feel free to add your own touches, the best bit is being creative 🙂
Optional – for an optional creepy tinge use a green shimmer spray 🙂
METHOD GALLERY- a step by step visual guide to help you along, click on an image to enlarge.
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