I like to think of this as one of those recipes that will appease the clean eaters as well as those who are unable to identify kale/the majority of vegetables when they see them at the shops. There is the gluten free, refined sugar free aspect of the gingerbread itself, balanced out by butter in the gingerbread and the icing sugar in the royal icing. I wasn't quite ready to go all out and decorate my ginger people with goji berries and super foods. Soz not soz. It's CHRISTMAS.
But really, you can't even taste the health. You can take these to your christmas lunch or dinner and get away unscathed. Alternatively you can eat them all yourself (as I have been doing under the guise of 'recipe testing') and come away comparatively unscathed when comparing to the supermarket variety.
Also, may I just take this opportunity to say that making faux snow with icing sugar is not on par with a white christmas or a wintery christmas in any way. Northern Hemisphere, how I envy thee.
2 1/2 cups almond meal
50g butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
grating of fresh nutmeg (easy to find at the supermarket) or powder if not
3 tablespoons maple syrup
sprinkle of sea salt
tapioca or rice flour, for the table
ICING - you will likely have some leftover
1 egg white
squeeze of lemon juice
1 cup of icing sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. In a medium bowl, combine all the gingerbread ingredients together and mix well.
3. Use a generous amount of tapioca or rice flour to flour the bench. Using your hands (flour them as well, dis dough be clingy) roll out the dough to your desired cookie width (they don't rise) and use the cutter to get yo ginger men.
4. When you have assembled your ginger family, pop them in the oven for around 10 minutes, or until they are done to your liking.
5. While they are cooling, beat your egg white until peaks form. Here is where I added a squeeze of lemon (is this correct procedure for Royal icing? Possibly not. But it worked) and then gradually add the cup of sugar.
6. Put the mixture into a piping bag, and get creative! You can add colour, decorations, whatever you fancy. Merry Christmas ya filthy animal.