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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!

An After Thought

7 Great D.I.Y Christmas Decorations..

Christmas days are here again and the fervor of the festival is fast catching up. Everybody Christians or Non-Christians are indulging themselves in decorating their homes for the upcoming festival and New Year. But while doing so you surely wouldn’t like to have a hole in the pocket. So why not do-it-yourself!

Here are seven great & easy ideas of making Christmas ornaments:

  1. Hanging Angel: f584e554e74a3f5658875515fa49a0ad A simple craft with some paper cutting, some pasting & a dash of glitter that too from a paper napkin. You can use it to decorate the Christmas tree or hang near the window or door window handles to beautify these commonly used but neglected corners of house.
  1. Origami Star:  origami starYou will require a five regular origami sheets of paper (the same ones which we used in craft class at school), some glue & a crystal to decorate .The process is readily available with video demo on youtube.com which can be followed and create a beautiful star. A version of this can be made from translucent hand made paper in which a light bulb can be inserted and hanged in different corners of house.

3. Christmas Tree Ornament: Christmas tree ornamentAnother creative way of using paper napkin. Cut the paper in thin strips and then tie from middle to form elegant ornament to be put on Xmas Tree.

  1. Home made Wreath: wreathTake a iron cloth hanger twist it to form a round. Now wrap a green decorative frill thread around it. Now stick small red balls randomly. Twist in thin satin ribbon, put a bow made out of broad satin ribbon at the top or bottom of it to complete a beautiful wreath.

  2. Origami Christmas Tree: origami xmas treeYou will require a regular origami sheets of paper & some glitter.The process can be followed through video demo on youtube. these trees can be made of multi-color and kept near the nativity crib or can be tied together to form a bunch and hanged with some chimes to create a Xmas special wind chime.

  3. Joyful Angel Stick-on: 20131204_152136Again a unique way to use kitchen paper napkins. But for this some amount of drawing is required. If you can do that then making these beauties yourself is possible. These stick-ons’ can be used to decorate walls, cupboards, dining table center piece. My way of using it is on my nativity crib barn.

  4. Santa‘s Stick: santa's stickHave you got aluminium foil in your kitchen? If yes then all you need is a medium size aluminium foil & some thin red satin ribbon. Twist the foil into the stick shape and then wrap around. Neat the edges and you are done.

Try these ideas at home & decorate your Christmas Home!

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