Sunday, December 19, 2010
Holiday Bake Off- Part one
As it is the most appropriate time to be baking everyday due to the holidays I figured it was my duty to take advantage of the festive spirit and bake to my hearts content. Here is part one of my baking extravaganza.
First- close your eyes and imagine Christmas.
Second- what smells come to mind?
Third- theres only one thing left to do, make gingerbread men!
I make them every year and I have tried many recipes to get the gingerbread man soft, spicy and sweet. Some recipes turn out hard as a rock and taste only of cloves and molasses, while others are so dry all you taste is flour. I have found the perfect balanced recipe, soft in the middle, a little crunch as you bite in and a perfect ratio of spice and sweet.
3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 sticks of butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
-from Mrs. Field's Cookie Book
Make dough, form into 2 disks and chill for 30-60 minutes
Bake at 325 for 8-10 minutes
Roll out the dough and cut those little men out
place them on the cookie sheet lined with parchment because parchment= the best invention ever..well in the baking world
Decorate with little faces and little G-men jumpers- look how I cranked these babies out!
This recipe yields a lot of cookies, so there are plenty to share and give away as gifts-that is if you don't want to keep them all for yourself!!