It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there is always time for gingerbread! I have always loved the taste of ginger from ginger nut biscuits to ginger tea, but there is just something so satisfying about eating a gingerbread man. Of course, my favourite family of gingers is the Weasleys but there is also Newt Scamander! Alright so I only class him as ginger because of Eddie Redmayne but let me have my moment!
I created my gingerbread men using this recipe from BBC Good Food because it creates very yummy results and it’s vegan! I made a couple of alternations to make the gingerbread to my taste but I tried to stick to most of what was said:
VEGAN NEWT SCAMANDER GINGERBREAD
1 tsp chia seeds
400g spelt flower
200g coconut oil
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
150g dark muscovado sugar
50g maple syrup
100g aquafaba (water from a can of chickpeas)
450g icing sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
- Put the chia seeds in a small bowl and stir in 3tsp of water. Leave to soak for 5-10 minutes until gloopy. Put the flour into a large mixing bowl and rub in the coconut oil until it’s almost disappeared into the flour. Stir in the spices.
2. In another bowl, mix together the sugar, the maple syrup, chia mixture and 2 tsp of water until the mixture is smooth, then pour over the flour. Stir until well combined then knead together to make a soft dough. Wrap in cling film until ready to use.
3. Heat oven to 180C/gas mark 6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, then cut into gingerbread Newts and bake for 10-12 minutes on baking sheets. Let them cool for a couple of minutes.
4. While the Newts cool, whip the aquafaba in a bowl using electric beaters until really foamy. Add 3/4 of the icing sugar and whisk in the rest of the icing sugar and the lemon juice. Whisk again until the mixture forms stiff peaks. Transfer to a piping bag until ready to use. Snip a little off the end and start forming Newt’s outfit. (I had some fun trying to do the waistcoats! Haha!)
Have you created any Potter-related foods?