Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Tale (and recipe) of The Gingerbread Man

"I've run away from a little old woman,
A little old man,
A barn full of threshers,
A field full of mowers,
A cow and a pig,
And I can run away from you, I can!"

From the classic fairytale, The Gingerbread Man

You know what? Thinking back now, I can't seem to get the point of this story. If you don't already know the ending; the Gingerbread Man eventually gets outrun by a fox and eaten as in this online version. I also recall a version from my childhood where the fox gets the Gingerbread Man to ride on his head to get across a river and along the way, the Gingerbread Man gets eaten.

So what is the moral of the story?
a) No matter how far you run or how many people you overtake you eventually get eaten?
b) Don't trust foxes?
c) It doesn't pay to be an overconfident, boastful, arrogant S.O.B.?
d) Don't bake food that can run away from you?

I draw my own conclusion:

When it comes to gingerbread men,
always eat the legs first.
That way they can't run away.

As usual, I digress. Let me give you the recipe.

For Diane ;)

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe


125g butter, cut into cubes
150g caster sugar
5 tablespoons double cream
3 tablespoons black treacle
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
finely grated zest of one medium sized orange
375g all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. Place the first 8 ingredients into a saucepan. Melt over a very low heat, stirring occassionally until the sugar and butter has melted.
2. In a seperate bowl, mix the flours and baking soda. Add this to the mixture in the saucepan and stir until a soft dough is formed. Knead the dough gently with your hands till everything is well mixed. Divide dough into two balls, wrap in clingfilm, and chill for about an hour.
3. Preheat oven to 180C/fan 160C. Line baking trays with baking paper.
4. On a lightly floured surface, flatten out a ball of dough with a rolling pin till it's about 3mm thick. Cut into shapes, reroll and reuse any extra dough.
5. Bake the cookies well spaced apart for about 10-12 minutes. Leave cookies on tray for about 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool and harden completely. Deccorate cookies however you like.

An alternative conclusion:

Maybe the Gingerbread Man ran away because he was lonely.
Nobody likes to be lonely.
So make sure your Gingerbread Man has lots of friends.
Which you can then share with yours.

Ah, I just love this season.
Hopefully I'm not starting to sound too preachy though.


diane said...

haha! thanks bee nee!
now, i have to go find the ingredients first.. =)
eat the legs first? haha!
nice post! =)

zthon said...

they look so cute!!!

Iced Nyior said...

yea they look so cute :P
so what did u use to decorate? Icing?

~Bee Nee~ said...

diane: hope the recipe works out for you =)

zthon: they taste good too =P

iced nyior: thank you =) yup i used a simple pasted made from mixing icing sugar with a bit of water

Wan Zainuddin said...

or (e): when wanting to cross a river, sitting atop a fox's head, while admittedly more exotic compared to simply walking across a perfectly acceptable bridge, might just not be the best idea.

especially when everyone knows foxes love pastries. and grapes. not sour ones, mind you.

rather posh animals, foxes. said...

your recipe is just timely, my friends wanted to try gingerbread man, i thought it would make a wonderful gift! THANKS!

~Bee Nee~ said...

wan: smart fox.

micheginny: you're very welcome i do think they'll be perfect for christmas. good luck with them =)

Anonymous said...

hehehehe...i like the eat the legs first so they can't run away.

Tyna-C said...

i love gingerbread man, but it doesn't taste nice. haha.

diane said...

Dear Bee Nee,
thanks for the recipe, i tried it yesterday and they turned out to be good! haha! my first gingerbread man cookies.. thanks for the easy steps and instructions!! =)

smallstripes said...

some1 dun reply email...and i wan ginger bread :S

Sorina said...

Delicious! Not very hard to make and tastes very nice.