It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones, so, with Season 4 hitting our screens this week, I thought I’d take geeking out to a whole new level, and combine this fandom with my food-dom even further.
Conveniently, my friend Aideen is a gingerbread master. Not sure why, but I do seem to surround myself with blondes who can bake.
She has kindly shared her awesome recipe below. Note the high proportion of ground ginger in the dough – something that makes this recipe extra spesh.
Aideen’s Gingerfell Gingerbread
125g butter soft
100g brown sugar
125ml golden syrup
1 egg yolk
375g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/bread soda (can you tell she’s Irish from this one??)
6 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp vanilla essence
130g icing sugar
1/2 egg white
Beat butter, sugar and syrup together till it becomes a light brown colour.
Add yolk and vanilla and beat.
Sieve flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices and gradually add to mixture until combined, if using a mixer you may need to change to a dough hook.
Divide into 2 parts, wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge till solid and very cold.
Roll to 3 mm thick, bake at 180 degree C for 10 to 12 mins.
Beat all icing ingredients til the consistency of thick honey and have fun decorating. Can keep in an air tight container for a week.
Together with her and her hubby Dave (who helped us out with the stop-motion bit), we set about creating our own entirely edible homage to GoT.
It took 2 whole days of baking and another 2 of editing to get it done, but we’re pretty chuffed with the result.
When I told my incredibly talented photographer friend Adrian Tuazon about our crazy concept, he thought it would be quite hilarious to document our efforts.
His rocking images below are a testament to each and every piece of gingerbread that we rolled, cut, carved, baked, piped and painstakingly arranged in the name of Gingerfell.