Giant Gingerbread Boy
by Cathy Rutherford for £17.45

3rd June 2008

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Giant gingerbread boy – by Class 3, Lower Heath CE Primary School, Shropshire

Our class of Year 5 & 6 children were trying to think of something different to do for Comic Relief, when our teacher showed us your site. We looked at a couple of other gingerbread men on the site but wondered whether we could make one even bigger…

So, we thought, ‘Why not make a gingerbread boy the same size as a real boy?’ We looked around for a boy around the right size, and chose Harry (he’s 5, and 105cm).

Operation Gingerbread Boy was born…

We needed quite a lot of ingredients. We found this recipe for 12 gingerbread men, but it wouldn’t be anywhere near enough! So we multiplied all of these quantities by 8!

390g flour plain flour
2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
115g butter
150g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 large egg
110g treacle

Also, to stick parts of the boy together, we used these things to make royal icing:
500g icing sugar
2 egg whites

We also wanted to dress our boy in his school uniform, so we used:
4 boxes of roll out icing
Food colouring – black, red, green and blue

So, if you fancy making a life sized gingerbread boy, here’s how…

First, get a class of children ready with bowls, aprons, scales etc. (we used 24 children working in groups of 3, but any number will do!) Get them to mix their dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

In another bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar and vanilla essence. Whisk with an electric mixer until creamy.

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