Monday, December 23, 2013

Allergy free gingerbread biscuits recipe

  • 1¾ cups Orgran plain flour
  • ¼ cup Orgran gluten free gluten
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarb soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 1½ tsps ground ginger
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • 2 tsps Orgran No Egg whisked with 80mls water until thick, or 1 large egg (if possible)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps molasses
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1½ - 2 tbsps lactose free milk or water
  • 3 drops vanilla essence

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Line two baking trays with grease-proof paper or aluminium foil.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and allspice.
  • In a separate bowl, blend the No Egg mixture or egg, sugar, molasses and maple syrup, beating until creamy.
  • Add the dry mixture about bit at a time, beating gently until just blended.
  • Using a rubber spatula, continue stirring until the dough comes together and separates cleanly from the inside of the mixing bowl.
  • Squeeze and press the dough until firm and smoothly textured and stop immediately once the dough is smooth. Do not knead as there is no real gluten.
  • Place the dough on a single sheet or cling wrap.
  • Roll out the dough until it is about a ½cm thick, keeping the rolling pin as clean as possible throughout to prevent the dough from sticking (a marble rolling pin is best).
  • Once rolled, use cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes.
  • Space the cookies at least 2cms or so apart on the baking trays.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl, mix the sugar with the milk or water, adding a bit at a time, until very smooth. Stop adding milk once the desired consistency is achieved (soft enough to pipe).
  • Decorate the cookies by piping using icing piping equipment or a plastic bag with a corner snipped off.
  • Allow the icing to dry on the cookies before serving.

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