Thursday, 23 December 2010
This amazing gingerbread recipe comes from my friend Will, it is a bit of a struggle to make but so so worth it, makes the house smell like christmas!!!
150ml golden syrup
2 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
2 heaped tsp ground ginger
2 heaped tsp ground cloves
1 heaped tsp bicarbonate of soda
900ml plain flour (about 600g)
Put the butter, syrup and sugar in a biggish saucepan and melt it all together till the sugar has all dissolved. Take it off the heat and add the spices and the bicarb. Then you need to cool the whole thing down somehow so you can put the eggs in without them scrambling. I usually put the pan in a sink of cold water and stir it round till it cools down. Crack the eggs in and beat. Put the flour in and stir it up. It should be a fairly stiff mixture but quite sticky still. Put it in the fridge for a couple of hours or more, so that the mixture sets quite hard and cold - so you can roll it out. Dust the surface with quite a lot of flour when you roll it out. Take about a quarter of the mixture (which should be a hard block - so you need to hack dangerously at it with a knife to get a chunk) and roll it out really thin. About a milimetre thick. Cut your shapes. Put them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Put them in a 180 C oven for about ten minutes - depending on how thick they are. You can tell when they're done by the smell (they smell hot-biscuitty), and because they turn pale as they cook and then back to golden brown when they're done. Cool on a rack.
My beautiful pal Kerry is currently working for the impressive Chatsworth house. We went to check out the Christmas decorations and were suitably impressed...
'Veiled Vestal' statue
making new friends!
christmas pic of the heavenlies :)
Hope you have a beautiful and very joyful Christmas!
'There is a light that shines within me
There is a hope that burns inside me
Deep within my soul my very existence
There is a being waiting to be freed
A child who knows no fear, pain or rejection
There is an emotion
All encompassing of excitement, joyfulness, gladness and love
The creative potential of laughter
And the undeniable power of an infants joy, live inside me
Immeasurable are my limits for I call You Father.
Unimaginable my potential for You call me son
There is someone inside of me
Waiting to be unleashed
Whom you embrace
Whom I long to be
There is an All Consuming Fire
A light that permeates from my very being
You have unlocked me God
The doors You have opened no man can shut
I will praise You for all my days
For You are good
You have released me God with Your love
You are everything'
- Ian McIntosh