Archive | December, 2011

This Christmas…I baked my first batch of gingerbread cookies

27 Dec

This Christmas T got me a kitchenaid – A fire engine red kitchenaid. I’m feeling inspired to bake and I don’t know how it never occurred to me that I need at least an electric beater for the kitchen. My first mixer … and it is already the Rolls Royce of mixers. I’m so spoiled.

My first mixer
My new year resolution for this year is to learn baking – to move pass baking muffins and expand my baking skills into cookies, cakes and cupcakes.

My first cookie venture didn’t turn out so well. Seeing that is Christmas, I decided to try baking gingerbread men. People say cookies are one of the easiest things to bake. Not for me. I used diluted honey instead of maple syrup which is thicker. My dough was too wet and it looks like a cranium.

Cookie dough that went wrong

The cookie texture didn’t look good. It looks like Asian roads with potholes. My attempt to draw on the gingerbread man was poor. (but fun!!)

wrong gingerbread cookies

ugly gingerbread cookies

My 2nd attempt was much more successful. Learning from my previous experience that the diluted honey stuffed up my dough, I made sure I used maple syrup this time round. HOWEVER, what I did wrong was I read 1 Tablespoon (TBS) instead of  1 teaspoon (TPSP) for the amount of mixed spice required. Lucky for me, it was a relatively easy save. The spices were still not mixed into the flour. I scooped up as much spice powder as I could without disturbing the other ingredients.

As I was rushing off to a dinner party, I didn’t have time to make the icing or drawing on the gingerbread men. I quickly dusted some icing sugar on top to lighten the ginger and spice. I was happy with the final result! 🙂 It was tough and crunchy when it first came out of the oven but became soft the next day.

Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies with dust

Recipe can be found here at taste.com.au. I have doubled the amount of ginger and spices, taste just right for ginger cookie fan like myself.

Gingerbread CookiePhoto source from taste.com.au by Steve Brown

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