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The crumbly gingerbread men fail

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While some people are gingerbread men expert. For me it’s always the crumbly gingerbread men fail.

It just wouldn’t be Christmas by me not attempting some gingerbread baking and plus it’s becoming a little bit of a blog tradition. Every year I always have at least one blog post on me baking some gingerbread men. One year have been a baking success and while another year was a total and utter fail.

So it no surprise that once again I’m trying to bake some gingerbread men. I want this year to be pinterest perfect and for me to win the universe best gingerbread baker ever award. I want to crack this crazy gingerbread skill once and for all.

With that, I actually thought I would only very slight cheat this year. I’m still baking some gingerbread men – but not exactly from scratch.

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I’m using Waitrose Gingerbread Reindeer kit. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing in theory – but oh ho my friends, you shall see.

With this kit, you supposed to be making the dough from scratch – Here is my step by step guide on me doing this.

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First I put the powdery mixture in a bowl and then added the butter.

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And then the little packet of Golden syrup.

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I whisked all the mixture all together to make it into a doughy substance.

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I then kneaded the dough into ball. Can anyone else see a face in this picture?

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Next I rolled it out.

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The real tricky part – cutting out the shape.

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Ok so you’re thinking, so far Anna everything is looking good. Where the fail?

Well the dough mixture from the gingerbread kit was very crumbly and it didn’t exactly stick together very well. The kit instruction said use butter and gold syrup with the floury mixture – however that didn’t work so well together.

Because of that I could only make 4 gingerbread men. As soon as I cut out one shape, it would just fall to pieces.

I honestly don’t know where I went wrong. I’ve comes to the conclusion that the mixtures overall just could not stick and it was just crumbly and dry. I also think I didn’t put in enough butter at the beginning – ever those I weighed it out.

Anyway here are my end results.

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You can see the cracks and how frickin’ crumbly the gingerbread dough was.

To make it even more of an epic fail and why I suck at gingerbread men. I cannot do icing decoration.

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Instead of making 4 pretty gingerbread men, I made a demented clown, a demonic man, a ninja and a sex addict. Those wasn’t my words by the way – When I showed this to Richard he laughs and told me it looks like that. We had a good laugh and promised me to give up gingerbread men baking.

It tasted fine – if a little dry. But I think I have finally learnt my lesson. I cannot bake gingerbread men and I will never win that award.

I also learnt to stop buying baking kit – well gingerbread kit anyway as it never works out with how it looks on the packet. Never.

From next year I’ll bake some regular chocolate chip cookies. What could go wrong with that? We shall see my friends, we shall see..



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    Shopgirl Anonymous
    22nd December 2016 at 4:02 pm

    At least it looks like you had fun, and a story to share! 😀

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    22nd December 2016 at 4:47 pm

    haha I deal with baking fails all the time so I totally relate to this! Honestly, I still think your cookies came out pretty good 😛 I’d eat them! happy holidays!

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    Tomi Rues
    22nd December 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Funny post! Your pictures are really well done. I can honestly say I could go my whole life and never miss gingerbread cookies.:) Have a Merry Christmas!

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    Momma (@mommaknowsitall)
    22nd December 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I can’t remember the last time I tried baking gingerbread anything but I’m wondering does temperature and humidity effect the results like it does with other things for example divinity candy. Maybe that could be why it’s hit or miss?

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    bReN @ Sane with a Splash of Cray
    22nd December 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I love their personas! They look yummy to me!

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    Lauren I Glitter & Grandeur
    22nd December 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Haha! This is great! My mom, sister, and I make sugar cookies each year and it always starts with the intent of making awesome icing decorations – which later spirals into who can make the best tie-dye design because the icing inevitably runs together. I feel your pain! At least you got a good laugh, blog post, and story out of the fail!

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    22nd December 2016 at 9:17 pm

    ha ha bet they taste ok though! I just made vegan blueberry muffins as my son is vegan and its quite limited when I’m trying to buy food when he stays here, we will all have chocolate croissants and fruit and he can have vegan muffins and fruit xmas morning, they are actually really simple to make was you don’t weigh the ingredients but you use cups instead, they have never gone wrong!!

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    22nd December 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Did they taste good at least? 😉

    Happy holidays!

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    Sheila Jo
    23rd December 2016 at 5:44 am

    I can bake tasty cookies, but the decorating is another story. A coat of icing and maybe some sprinkles is as fancy as I get – no lines, no details. Makes me enjoy the pretty cookies made by others even more! 🙂

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    Jolleen Ruiz
    23rd December 2016 at 8:24 pm

    LOL, this made me laugh. If I were to attempt gingerbread cookies, mine would look the same! I feel your pain girl 😀

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