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I'm on a mission to do more cooking with Munchkin and recently we made Cake Pops together. However since then we haven't made anything. So when I got the chance to do some healthy cooking with Flora it seemed ideal; I could turn this opportunity into cooking with Munchkin AND do some healthy cooking.
Flora has a number of recipes on their website and Gingerbread People took our fancy. We raided the cupboards and found that we only had 2 ingrediants for the recipe. As we were going to the city centre anyway, we decided to pop into Asda to get the rest of the ingrediants.
We managed to find all the ingredients needed with most in the baking section. However we struggled to find the ground ginger but a lovely lady stocking the shelves took us to another section where all the herbs and spices were kept. Flora itself was on offer and we managed to get the Flora cuisine needed for Â£1. Result!
The recipe for Gingerbread People seems nice and easy:
- 225g (8oz) plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1â€“2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 85ml Flora Cuisine
- 85g (3oz) soft brown sugar
- 85g (3oz) golden syrup
- To decorate:
- GlacÃ© cherries
1. Sieve dry ingredients together well.
2. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together to form a soft dough.
3. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 75mm (Â¼ inch).
4. Using cutters, cut into gingerbread people.
5. Lift carefully onto lightly greased baking trays and press currants into the dough for eyes and pieces of cherry for mouths.
6. Bake in the centre of preheated oven at 210Â°C, 190Â°C fan, gas mark 7 for about 10 minutes. Check that the shapes are not scorching after about 6 minutes.
7. Allow to cool on wire racks before serving.
Easy right? Even I couldn't go wrong……..
Just remember, I have never made Gingerbread people before.
Here's all the ingredients:
Munchkin enjoyed the baking and making shapes:
However disaster struck.
I hadn't measured the Flora Cuisine properly as Bee had started crying and clinging to my legs, so I got distracted. The Gingerbread people were difficult to pick up as they were so greasy and they kept breaking. This is how they turned out. *cries*
I did initially think 'Oh stuff it I can't be bothered'. But I wasn't going to let Gingerbread People get the better of me!!
So the following day when Bee was fast asleep I had another attempt!
And they tasted lovely!!
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Flora Cuisine really is the healthy alternative. During my pregnancy I had gestational diabetes and a friend recommended I try this. I did and it became part of my diet when frying foods. However I hadn't thought to bake with it but that is what is great about it. You can fry roast and bake with it. I think we will be using it alot more in the house as it made the Gingerbread People taste lovely; and it's relatively healthier:
- 45% less saturated fat than olive oil
- High in omega 3
- Versatile: good for frying, baking, roasting, basting, and greasing tins
So why not give it a go?