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Baking d Ginger Bread Men Party..

final gingerWhile growing up celebrating Christmas was an aromatic extravaganza for me and still it is.. We children would all be looking forward to visit our grandmother’s home. My grandmother being an Anglo-Indian lady would prepare all the traditional Christmas recipes..Kal-Kal, Rose Cookie, Roast, Namkeen, Donuts, Shakkar paare etc. Some of these recipes are fast disappearing from the present traditional Indian style Christmas celebration. (Sadly ‘coz of that I am unable to find some molds and ingredients to prepare these sweets in a city like Delhi.) 🙁 I still remember she had  3-4 huge aluminium containers full of these sweets and savories and not only we, children but even our parents would lovingly have them..

Oh, God! memories.. they are simply priceless and immortal.. Some day I  will try those recipes also. Meanwhile, these days I am busy trying my hands on the modern Christmas Flavors.. So today I tried this really cool recipe and hosted a Ginger Bread Men  party..

The easy, quick and only 5 core ingredients recipe followed by me is as follows:

Time Required: 1.5 Hrs.

Makes: 35-40 cookies depending on size

Ingredients:
150 gms. Whole Wheat Flour
80 gms.   Brown Sugar
50 gms. Margarine (White Butter) or Clarified Butter (Ghee)
1/2  Egg
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
A pinch of salt
5 gms. Ginger Powder
A pinch of Cinnamon Powder (Optional)
1/2 Tsp. Golden Syrup (Optional)
Little milk required for dough making

Method:

  • Sift the Whole Wheat Flour, Ginger powder, Baking Powder & salt together in a bowl.
  • Now add the clarified butter into the flour and mix it to a crumble mixture form.
  • After this add the powdered brown sugar and mix well.
  • Then whisk the egg until light & fluffy. Add it to the sugar-flour mixture. Mix until there is a smooth batter.
  • Now add milk just as much as required to make a soft dough that can be rolled out flat later.
  • Take a portion of the dough and roll out medium to thin flat.
  • Cut & give shape to cookies by using a Ginger Bread Man Mould available in market.
  • For baking, set your oven to convection mode and preheat it at 170 Degrees Celsius or 338 Degree Fahrenheit.
  • Lastly, on the cookie tray put a butter paper and have 8-9 to-be baked cookies. It will take around 13 minutes until they are done. After taking out, cool the cookies and add some icing on top for their make-up. 🙂

Here’s a link for the story of the Ginger Bread Man for all the children out there..(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slidHnMR1yE)Watch it while you eat some of those partying Ginger Bread Man..Enjoy!

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Simple Lemon Tea Cake Recipe

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Ingredients:

Eggs – 3

Self-rising flour – 200 gms.

Margarine – 250 gms.

Sugar – 250 gms.

One Lemon Rind

Juice of Half Lemon

Method:

  • First mix the sugar & margarine together to form a smooth batter. Now add eggs one by one till & blend it nicely.
  • After this add Self raising flour in small quantities, folding the batter gently until evenly done. Add the lemon juice, lemon rind & lemon essence to the batter & mix.
  • For baking, grease the baking container. Bake at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven until done completely.
  • Enjoy the Lemon Tea Cake with a cup of hot tea at breakfast and at evening tea time.