Ginger Muffins With Gingerbread Men

Makes 14 - 18 muffins

Ingredients: 

80 ml (1/3 cup) butter

250 ml (1 cup) Huletts Treacle Sugar

2 extra large eggs

125 ml (½ cup) Huletts Golden Syrup

3ml (½ t) salt

750 ml (3 cups) cake wheat flour

15 ml (1 T) ground ginger

5 ml (1 t) mixed spice

5 ml (1 t) bicarbonate of soda

125 ml (½ cup) full cream milk

125 ml (½ cup) strong black coffee, cold


Icing:

125 ml (½ cup) butter

250 ml (1 cup) Huletts Icing Sugar


Ginger bread men:

125 ml (½ cup) butter, softened

60 ml (¼ cup) Huletts Icing Sugar

250 ml (1 cup) cake wheat flour

5 ml (1 t) ground ginger

Method: 

Muffins:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease the muffin tins or paper cases.
  2. Cream the butter and treacle sugar together in a large bowl until creamy, add the eggs and syrup and beat for 2 minutes.
  3. Sift the salt, flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda together. Add the milk and coffee and mix until evenly blended. Do not overmix.
  4. Divide the batter between the muffin tins or paper cases and bake for about 30 minutes or until a cake skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. Leave in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Icing:

  1. Beat the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Spoon the icing into a piping bag and pipe a rosette on top of each muffin.

Gingerbread men:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 190°C. Grease a baking tin and line with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and icing sugar.
  3. Add the flour and ground ginger and continue to mix until the mixture forms a soft dough (it will be crumbly at first, but keep mixing to form a dough). Form the dough into a ball with your hands.
  4. Roll the dough out on a lightly dusted surface to a ½ cm thickness with a dusted rolling pin.
  5. Using a small gingerbread man cutter, cut men out and place on the lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Cool completely before icing.
  7. Place some left over icing in a zip lock bag and cut a small hole in the corner.
  8. Pipe eyes, a mouth and 3 buttons on each little man.
  9. Decorate the muffins with the men.