Christmas Gingerbread

by Chiropractors Brighton on December 15, 2010

2010 batch of Gingerbread made by Elise in New Zealand this week.

Brighton Chiropractors

We don’t normally suggest eating sugary treats, but Christmas certainly has to be one exception!  As well as Eating Well and Moving Well,  – Thinking Well is a vital part of the Lifestyle Wellness programme to help ensure ongoing health and vitality.  One of  the ways  that this contributes to “Thinking Well” is by being connected to others and sharing special times.

See below for The McMinn Gingerbread Recipe to share and enjoy, during the festive season.

The lead up to Christmas is as exciting as the actual event and each year I love the anticipation of the gingerbread making routine accompanied by “Rockin Around The Christmas Tree” and lots of frivolity.  Making gingerbread has been Elise’s specialty (Third Generation Chiropractor) and we all enjoy getting into the spirit of Christmas by making (or eating) gingerbread for friends and family, however we have a struggle to hide them long enough in our house so that some will survive until Christmas day.  I love gingerbread and love the process of seeing lots of little people emerge all gloriously brown from the oven.  You may even have to run, run, run as fast as you can to catch these little gingerbread men before they disappear from your kitchen too!   This is one gingerbread recipe that you will want to catch if you can but first a little history………. and then the recipe!

Gingerbread first appeared in central Europe in the Middle Ages, made from sugars and spices that had been brought back from the Middle East by soldiers returning from the Crusades. In England, gingerbread only meant “preserved ginger,” referring to the preservative effect of ginger on breads, cakes, and other pastries. It wasn’t until the 15th century that gingerbread referred specifically to the sweet cake made with treacle and ginger. And it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that the treat became associated primarily with Christmas.

Save your money and save your sanity – stay home and bake Gingerbread for presents this Christmas – this will help restore some of the real spirit of Christmas and help to reduce much of the stress!

half a cup of golden syrup
half a cup of butter
4 cups of SR flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 level tablespoon ginger

Cream butter and sugar.  Add other ingredients .  Mix well.   Place on floured board and knead.  Roll out thinly and cut into shapes.
Place on greased oven tray.
Bake 7 – 10 mins in a moderate oven

Most importantly – Enjoy!

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seattle chiropractor January 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Thanks for the recipe! Homemade treats are certainly much healthier than store-bought. By cooking your own food, you can leave processed foods behind, creating more healthful, less expensive and better-tasting food that requires less energy, water and land per calorie and reduces our carbon footprint. Cooking your own food is good for you and the planet!

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