Blogmas! Baking and Decorating Gingerbread Cookies!

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Hi Readers

Believe it or not, I have never made a gingerbread man. But it looked like such a fun and festive activity that this year I couldn’t let Christmas go by without giving them a go. They turned out surprisingly okay but the icing was a bit of a messy disaster. 

The recipe I used was:

Ingredients –

350g Plain Flour
175g Brown Sugar (I used dark)
125g Butter
1 Egg
1ts Bicarbonate of Soda
3tsp Ground Ginger
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
4tbsp Golden Syrup
Cookie Cutters!

Sieve the flour, bicard and spices together and then add the butter. Mix it until it becomes the texture of breadcrumbs (you might need to use your hands for this.) Then add the sugar. 

Stir the egg and golden syrup together and combine with the dry mixture. Bring it together until it’s a dough (again, use your hands!)

Knead into a ball and wrap in clean film. Put it in the fridge and leave it there for half an hour. This will make it easier to roll out. 

Pre-heat the oven to 170oC and prepare the tins whilst your waiting. Grease them or use baking sheets. 

Take the dough out of the fridge. Use a floured surface and rolling pin to roll it out into a half a centimetre and cut out your shapes.  

Bake for 10 -15 minutes.

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The Icing!

1 egg white
About 100g of Icing Sugar 
A piping bag and small nozzle

Whisk the egg whites until white and frothy. 

Add the icing sugar a little bit at a time. Keep adding it until it’s a bright white colour and is stiff enough to stand on peaks. 

Get your piping bag and have fun! Mine went terribly and I’m still finding icing sugar in weird places. But that’s the fun of Christmas baking! 

These are some of the better ones…

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Thanks for reading!

Jess X

International Women’s Day Book Recs and TBR

Hi Readers

A lot of people may be excited for tomorrow as it is the release for season 2 of Jessica Jones. But tomorrow is special for two reasons as it is also International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to commemorating the women’s rights movement.

I will be doing this the best way I know how, by reading. If you want to do that too, here are some recommendations. I also have a small TBR to make my way through.

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood: This may seem like a fairly obvious one but if you’re reading this and you still haven’t read this book make tomorrow the day you read it. You will not regret it.

Women and Power by Mary Beard: This is great if you want something you can start and finish on IWD as it’s a very short read. Yet not a page is wasted and it touches on a lot of subjects and references a lot of modern day and historical moments.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Another short one that can easily be read in a day. his book for me is the ground work of feminist literature and probably the perfect starting point.

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante: Every chance I get I will recommend these books because I love them that much. We don’t know who the author or what their gender is are as they write under a pseudonym. But this is definitely a feminist novel. It highlights the cruelty women endure from a males hand in the poorer areas of Naples, Italy. 

My TBR for International Women’s Day:

I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou: For years I have been meaning to read this. I’m very excited to finally get to it.

Ariel by Sylvia Plath: I’ve only ever read one collection of poetry before but I don’t think I really appreciated it. I’m going into this with an open mind.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf: Another one I can’t quite believe I haven’t read yet. I feel like this is the book that every feminist book lover should read.

Let me know what you’re reading for International Women’s Day. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X