Easy home bake: how to make a gingerbread family

Video guide to making gingerbread

Hi, I'm going to show you how to make not just a gingerbread man but a gingerbread family using the Easy Home Bake range. So simple, totally get the children to come and help you do this.

I'm going to just take the outside cover off and pop this in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds and that will just loosen up the dough so then I can work with it.

Roll the gingerbread dough

Simple as that, now I'm going to use a surface here to roll this out and I'm just going to pop a tiny bit of plain flour on here to make sure that it doesn't stick to the board. Children love doing this because they love doing anything where they can get their hands into baking. It's a great introduction for children, as well, to start baking.

Now this dough is nice and warm and nice and pliable now so I'm just going to cover it in the flour, sprinkle a little bit more on and then you need to roll this out until it's about half a centimetre thick. I said I wasn't just going to make a gingerbread man, I'm actually going to make a whole gingerbread family.

Cut the gingerbread shapes

OK, that's flat enough so I'm going to get my gingerbread girl. You're going to need to do this a couple of times; cut your shapes out, pop them on your baking tray and then reroll to make sure you get as many of these cut out as you can, you don't want to waste any. And the great thing is I've got these tiny little cutters as well, so if I have a space where nothing else can fit, I can just pop one of those shapes out. Move it round so that you make the best use of your space because you want to do this as quickly as possible without rerolling too many times. That's not going to fit so I'm going to end up having a few more children here.

Bake your gingerbread shapes

OK, my tip, once you've cut these out is peel the other bits of the gingerbread mixture away and then you will easily be able to get your finished little people - I'm going to pull my baking trays over so I can just slide them on. These baking trays I prepared with some greaseproof paper. Then, just very gently lift up your little people and pop them on. Now, I'm lucky, I've got two baking trays here, if you only have one then don't rush it, do them in two or even three batches. They spread a little bit so just make sure they're not touching and then they'll be perfect when they're cooked.

This is going to be my beautiful gingerbread girl. These are going to go into the oven at 160 degrees for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until they're beautifully golden brown.

Decorate your gingerbread family

So these have been out of the oven for 20 minutes, you need to have them properly cooled before you decorate. Let's start with this one and I'm going to make her look beautiful. The first thing I like to do is using some baking parchment or greaseproof paper and just make a very simple cone. Secure the end with a tiny bit of tape and then fill up with some icing sugar mixed with water and a little bit of food colour, if you like, and then you can snip the end. And then you simply roll the top down.

I've done that here and I've got some pink icing in here for this lady so I'm going to start by giving her a frilly dress. This is really fun if the whole family does it at the same time. Turns in to one of those Generation Game moments. I think we should give her a bit of curly hair as well.

I've got another one of these made up with a little bit of white icing to make little eyes and a happy smiley face. You can also use this as glue if you want to add buttons. I'm just going to pop a couple of these little sweeties on. I'm also going to use some of the Easy Home Bake range chocolate chips, I've got the white chocolate chips here, and the dried fruit and the milk chocolate chips as well.

So I think she can have a few little chips around the inside of her skirt. And you can be as creative as you like with this, and believe me, the children will be. Let's add a little of the white chocolate now as well. There we go, I think we'll pop her a couple of earrings on. Gorgeous, let's do the chap.

We won't give him the pink icing, we'll give him more of the white. A nice big smile, I think we might give him a bow tie and he's going to be a traditional chap, so we're going to give him little sultana tummy buttons. We've got all sorts of fruit in here, let's pop these on.

So that's my traditional little chap, let's do another one of those.

So there we have it, a whole gorgeous family all done, I'm just going to leave those for 10 minutes to let the icing set and if they don't get eaten beforehand, I'll put them on a nice plate.

That's how to make a gingerbread family using the Tesco Easy Home Bake range.

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