This month on this blog has been all about festive and sweet bakes. It’s difficult to believe that I don’t have a sweet tooth and that I haven’t been eating much of the stuff I’ve baked so far, except to sneak the occasional thin slice of my fruit cake.
The festive baking bug seems to have bitten me big time and so you’re going to be seeing some of those recipes here this month. Come January and I promise you healthier recipes. I had promised myself that I was going to bake something gingerbread this season, and actually had plans to build a log cabin since I had already done a gingerbread house a couple of years back.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of spare time to indulge in creative baking in the past couple of months. I also postponed all plans for the log cabin plans for a later date since my daughter and I were supposed to build it together and she hasn’t been feeling too well.
I don’t like cookies much, but if there’s a cookie that’s not too sweet and packed with ginger I will give it a second look and take a bite too. I understand the emotion behind Shakespeare’s sentence in ” Love’s Labour Lost” where he says, “And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread”
So the urge to make something gingerbread has stayed with me this month. Having made gingerbread men before, I thought I would bake some gingerbread cut-out cookies, as I haven’t baked cookies this season.
I also wanted to make sure I hadn’t lost my cookie decorating skills. These decorated gingerbread cookies satisfied my urge for a ginger-something and the creative side of me. I can’t tell you just how much I enjoyed decorating them, despite the fact that I had a rather stiff neck by the time I was done with decorating them!
I’m not very good when it comes to decorating cakes but I can do a reasonably good job with piping and decorating cookies and I wanted to try out some new patterns. I couldn’t be bothered with colouring my icing so I decided to stay with a colour scheme of brown and white! Instead of using regular royal icing, I used my egg-free version because the lemon juice cuts down the sweetness of the icing and the tang complements the gingerbread cookie.
By the way, did you know that the first gingerbread men were said to have been produced for the amusement of Queen Elizabeth I for whom they were baked in the shapes of her favourite courtiers, and occasionally decorated with gold leaf!
Decorated Gingerbread Cookies.
(Adapted from MyRecipes)