Celebrating with Pippa #2: Gingerbread StarsKelsey Banfield
As I noted earlier this month, one of the things I really like about Pippa Middleton’s new book, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends, is that she keeps the crafts and ideas achievable for families with small children. Sure, there are more advance crafts and recipes in her book as well, but a lot of them are very appealing to people like me with children who enjoy getting messy in the kitchen and making something they can enjoy. When I flipped through the book with my daughter the other day she picked these Gingerbread Stars out of the Christmas section. She couldn’t wait to get started!
I like the way Pippa made her recipe a simple paragraph that is easy to read. This is perfect for bakers like me who like to keep it efficient in the kitchen. My daughter and I had no trouble rolling out the dough and making our stars. As you can see above we did not decorate them as neatly as the ones seen in the book, but no worries. We punched holes in most of them to hang on our tree, though some we reserved to eat (picture above). They were a little hard but well-flavored with robust spices and a not-too-sweet finish. I highly recommend this fun activity for children and adults this holiday season – thanks for the fun recipe Pippa!
adapted from Celebrate
9 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 heaping teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Sprinkles for decorating
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, line two baking sheets and set aside. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat melt 9 tablespoons of unsalted butter, with 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool. Meanwhile, sift together 3 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 heaping teaspoons of ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Gently pour the melted butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well until the batter comes together and flour is no longer visible. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
Dust a surface liberally with flour and roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thick. Cut the dough into desired shapes and place on baking sheets about 1-inch apart. Decorate as desired with sprinkles and buttons. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until they are a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately pierce the tops with a skewer if you wish to hang them up. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Thread a ribbon through the holes and decorate the tree!
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