I have been baking gingerbread for Christmas for many many years now. It has been one of my favourite Christmas traditions really. When I was younger and was living with my Family, my Mum used to join me so every time I bake them, it brings back memories that warm my heart. I also adore that the the whole house smells like cinnamon as the shapes start to warm up in the oven.
This year, I have been making gingerbread with our Daughter, Zoé, who is almost 3. And I am sure that this will become our own family tradition as well. I also found my favourite recipe (so far) and thought I would share it with you.
The reason why I like this recipe is that the finished gingerbread is soft straight away but also has a little bit of a crunch to it which I personally really like. It lasts for weeks in a biscuit tin (if there's any left to be put away... ). Plus it is fun to make with little ones as well!
Zoe really enjoyed measuring the ingredients, rolling out the dough and using the cookie cutters. But what she enjoyed most was, of course, decorating the finished shapes. I have to admit that I bought the ready-made icing that comes in small tubes. These are easy to hold even for little hands. Make sure that your little ones wear an apron when helping out in the kitchen! 😀
The video of the recipe is in Hungarian but I will link it here as it can still be helpful:
300 g plain flour
100 g powdered sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100 g unsalted butter
3 tbsp honey
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Melt together the butter and honey, only heat them until they are combined.
2 Sift together the dry ingredients.
3 Add the egg to the butter and honey mixture.
4 Combine the dry and wet ingredients and then knead the dough.
5 Let it cool for about half an hour in the fridge or next to an open window. This is not necessary but makes it easier for you to work with the dough.
6 Tip the dough out, knead it again until smooth then roll it out to 0.3-0.5 cm thickness.
7 Cut out shapes then put them on a baking sheet. Leave some gap between each shape.
8 Put them in the pre-heated oven (175 degrees Celsius) for 8-9 minutes or until they are light brown.
9 Leave them cool down then decorate if you like.
If you would like your little ones to be able to "bake" whenever they feel like it, have a look at this beautiful home baking set!