Creating Christmas traditions with my children is one of my favorite passions. I always enjoy working in the kitchen with them and Christmas time is no different. I recently came across an old recipe from Tasha Tudor and knew I had to try it. I do believe that we will be adding these to our yearly Christmas baking tradition.
I am often inspired by those who live a simple life and have a deep love for home and family. Tasha Tudor lived that kind of life and I love her story. She was an author and illustrator, an amazing gardener and lived a life of simplicity. She made incredibly beautiful gingerbread and while ours aren't as decorated and beautiful, they are still incredibly delightful to make and my children loved eating them.
This recipe was so easy to make and making it with children made it more enjoyable. From mixing the ingredients to rolling out the dough, cutting out their design and placing them on the baking sheet, they could do it all.
Christmas Tree Gingerbread Recipe
1 cup shortening (I used butter)
1 cup light brown sugar (I used sucanat)
3 farm-fresh eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 cups molasses
6 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tablespoons ginger
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and add the brown suwe gar, eggs, and molasses. Sift together all the dry ingredients and add them to the butter mixture. Mix thoroughly and chill well before rolling out on a floured slab.
2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a cookie sheet.
3. Place them on the greased cookie sheet and bake them in the preheated oven. Bake until dry but not crisp.
We all found them very tasty. My tip would be to just not cook them for very long. They puff up nicely and stay soft. None of our gingerbread stayed in the bowl very long nor did they stay on the tree.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all are enjoying the season and are able to find some simplicity during this time of the year. Don't forget to join me over on my other social spaces to stay in touch!