Know your Gingerbread
The term gingerbread refers to a wide range of confectionery which contains ginger as its principal flavor, and is suitably complimented with a host of spices which may include cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg among others. Their texture may vary from been soft and moist to crispy.
- Gingerbread was first introduced in Europe by Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, who taught French Christians this exotic bakery recipe.
- German migrants brought the recipe of gingerbread with them to Sweden. The Swedish nuns of medieval times baked gingerbread in order to treat indigestion.
- Subsequently gingerbread was sold in temples, town squares and pharmacies traded particularly for its medicinal value. The town of Shorpshire in UK displayed gingerbread in its town’s welcome sign.
- European travelers brought gingerbread to America where it was produced with molasses instead of sugar. The result was a softer cake like version of the product instead crispy one which was similar to cookies.
In this issue of our daily publication we present to you this simple recipe of gingerbread which is great to be baked with children.
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- 500 grams of plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 teaspoon of finely ground dried ginger
- 1 teaspoon of finely ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of finely ground nutmeg
- 150 grams of salt free butter
- 200 grams of brown sugar
- 1 whole egg
- 4 tablespoon of golden syrup
- Bakery decorations
Procedure of Preparation
- Sift the flour together with baking soda, dried ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add butter and mix thoroughly until the mix begins to look like breadcrumbs.
- Keep mixing while you add the sugar.
- Beat the egg and golden syrup together and add it to the flour.
- Mix until the flour forms into an uniform clump.
- Knead the dough with your hand until it acquires an uniform texture.
- Wrap the dough in a clingfilm and keep it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to allow it to rest.
- Preheat the over at 180C and line the baking tray with baking paper. Sprinkle flour on the surface.
- Place the dough uniformly on the tray at a thickness of 0.5cm.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bread turns golden brown. Keep the bread in the oven for another 10 minutes. Subsequently let the bread cool down.
- When cooled decorate with icing and cake decorations.