Friday, 13 February 2015

Ellis Tuesday Bakes: Gingerbread Valentine Hearts


Baking Gingerbread Recipe

Since last month's baking post was such a success, if you haven't seen it yet it involves one of my favourite Disney movies and characters (link here), I'm back with the second in my 'Ellis Tuesday Bakes' blog series. I'm still thinking of calling this series 'Ellis Tuesday Bakes On Wednesday' but since this is the day before Valentine's Day I thought that I would schedule it for today. And as it's the day before Valentine's Day I couldn't resist baking some gingerbread love hearts to celebrate the occasion. But let me start by saying, Valentine's Day is definitely not something that I particularly look forward to. I'm always single and there's a day a few days before it that receives my full attention and excitement; my birthday (which was on Wednesday there). But there's nothing to say that you can't treat yourself or your nearest and dearest to some sweet treats in the run up to the day itself.

This bake is a little more advanced than last month's bake but trust me when I say that it's well worth the extra time and energy, plus you don't necessarily need to spend a good thirty minutes trying to decorate them like I did but just look how cute they are!

Gingerbread Valentine Hearts

Ingredients

350g Plain Flour 
1 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
2 teaspoons of Ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
125g Butter
175g Soft Brown Sugar
1 Egg
4 tablespoon of Golden Syrup
Writing Icing
Cake Decorations

Step One: Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mix resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar to the mix.
Step Two: Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together and add until the mixture clumps together. Knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Step Three: Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Step Four: Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface into the shape of your choice (I bought these heart shaped cutters from Tesco).
Step Five: Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden-brown. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.

Writing with icing is actually quite a difficult skill to master, as you can see from my two first attempts below. Hehe. After struggling to write a couple of letters onto these two, I decided to get a little more artistic with the others, as you can hopefully see above.

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So what did you think of this baking post? Will you be attempting your own take on these gingerbread biscuits? And are there any specific bakes that you would like me to tackle next?

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