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I love gingerbread men
They’re just so yummy and they really make me think of Christmas. So when the twins asked to bake this week, gingerbread men were the obvious answer.
The only problem is how messy and complicated the recipe is. Anything involving golden syrup and toddlers is going to end in disaster. Or, at least, a bath.
So I went the easy peasy route – I cheated. This is not like me at all. I love to bake from scratch and packet mixes never taste quite right. But Jack and Alice don’t care about that and I’m on a diet, so I couldn’t eat them anyway. So I bought a cute little packet mix.
Jack thought it was super cool. It comes with everything you need, except 100g butter and a bit of water. No golden syrup required. I did the majority of the mixing, to save arguments between the twins and mess, but they helped with the rolling.
(Don’t you just love how Jack’s hair has a mind of it’s own?) They also helped with cutting out the gingerbread.
Once that bit was done, I popped them on a baking tray (lined with greaseproof paper) and baked them for about 12 minutes.
I think it was fairly obvious, as soon as they came out of the oven, that they came out of a packet.
The colour looked wrong, and they lacked the yummy gingerbread smell that you get when you make them from scratch. But, you know what? The twins didn’t care. They just wanted to decorate them and eat them!
OK, so it’s probably not how I would have decorated them… they looked more like murder victims than happy festive gingerbread men, but look how much fun the twins were having! Jack definitely thought they passed the taste test, too!
All in all, it was a successful afternoon!
I know, I know… it’s just not the same as baking from scratch, but who has time for that at Christmas?? We ended up making two batches. One batch ended up mostly in Jack’s tummy (a head here, a leg there…) but batch two was packed up for Daddy to take to work – Jack thought our Kindness Elves would like that! He’s probably right!