Sad face that this series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ has finished. In a vain attempt to fill the humongous void that Paul Hollywood’s icy blue stare has left behind, I’ve been baking! I had a want for gingerbread men and by hook or by crook, I was going to get some!
Cue scouring t’internet for a recipe that was fairly simple to follow and easy on the waistline. And I found it, a la Slimming World:
(the finished product. Not ginger in colour but very, very tasty)
Serves 30 (approximately)
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 mintues
- 150g plain flour
- 60g self raising flour
- 60g cornflour
- 25g artificial sweetener
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp finely chopped glacé ginger ( I used crystallised ginger)
- 2 level tbsp butter
- 2 level tbsp low fat soft cheese
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 egg
- ¼ tsp almond or vanilla essence
- Sift the plain flour, self raising flour, cornflour, sweetener and ground ginger into a bowl and mix. Mix in the glacé ginger.
- Beat together the butter, low fat soft cheese, oil, egg and essence in a separate bowl. Add the flour mixture and mix quickly into a dough, if too dry, add a few drops of cold water. Knead gently, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
- Transfer to a floured board and roll out to ½cm thickness. Cut into 30 shapes and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 170°C/150°C Fan/Gas 3 for 1015 minutes until golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool before serving.
And top tip, if you don’t have a rolling pin to hand, you can always use a very pretty flask.