Tuesday 18 January 2011

Land of ginger

Oh Happy Day to everyone. If the sun is setting hope your day was a good one and if your sun is rising many blessings and good wishes to you xox

I'm just popping in quickly to share such a lovely idea with all of you who might not buy UK Country Living magazine. It was featured in the December 2010 issue (page 128).

A country Christmas gift from the kitchen and I thought wow I must make a couple of those to give to friends but alas the time slipped by and I didn't get round to making them (maybe this year). BUT... a lovely friend {thank you C} gave me this very gift and I was over the mooooooon

It's an Angel gingerbread cookie kit!

I have attempted to make gingerbread men but they didn't turn out as expected so I never bothered again but this time was different.

All the dried ingredients of:
500g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
185g soft brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and ground allspice

Were layered in an air tight jar and decorated with twine/string, a Christmas cookie cutter of your choice either angels, stars, snowflakes, trees, bells etc and a wooden spoon if you wanted and a beautifully handwritten recipe for you to follow which continues as:

Melt 100g butter and 115g syrup in a pan. Add 1 large beaten egg, then stir into the dry cookie mix to form a stiff dough. divide the dough in 2 and flatten into discs. Pop in fridge for 20 minutes to chill, roll out and stamp out your cookies. (At Christmas time you can make a hole in your cookie for threading cotton through when baked and hanging on your tree)
Bake in 180 degree C (160 degree C fan oven) Gas mark 4.

 (That oven pan looks pretty grim.... it needs to be thrown out I think, I have some brand new ones waiting in the wings bought in the January sales and Alice has sprayed waaaaaayyy too much spray and cook on the pan!!)

And then when your cookies are cooled, sprinkle with some sifted icing sugar for effect.

These four snow angels were wrapped up in some baking parchment, tied with string and given to a friend down the road with some cheery red tulips for these gloomy days xox

So, my faith has been restored in the land of ginger and judging from how quickly they are being gobbled up I think my little family agrees ;0)

Hope you think this might be a fun idea for you to try...Easter might be a good time, have a lovely colourful week xox


  1. This is a fab idea, hope i can find bunny cutters, this would be a great alternative to easter eggs for the kids. Thanks xxxxx

  2. ohhhhh what a lovely idea. I thinks it's wonderful and need to file that away for my next gifting. Thanks so much for sharing. Your beanie is also wonderful, and I know how you feel, it's amazing what can be the end result of a few balls of yarn, needles and two hands. Congrats, your work is super neat. Just lovely.

  3. awww what a lovely post ;-)
    They look delicious

  4. Now that is a fantastic idea!!!! Those gingerbread angels look lovely!

  5. I subscribe to Country Living, but obviously wasn't paying attention, because I missed this brilliant idea, and you've done it all so beautifully, what a wonderful gift. Thank you for showing it to us. Love Vanessa xxx

  6. hi penelope,
    what a lovely post,thanks for sharing us.
    your beannie looks wonderful.i love knitting,too.
    i like your blog.
    have a wonderful weekend,