Bake Off Mad

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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:

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(the finished product.  Not ginger in colour but very, very tasty)

Serves 30 (approximately)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 10-15 mintues

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  1.  Sift the plain flour, self­ raising flour, cornflour, sweetener and ground ginger into a bowl and mix. Mix in the glacé ginger.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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