Since our World Day of Prayer 2022 countries are England, Wales and Northern Ireland, I looked to Charles Dickens for inspiration for this month’s baking idea. Gingerbread horses are mentioned in his last book, Our Mutual Friend. His description doesn’t sound very appetizing (“damp” and “fearfully out of condition”), so I hope mine are better!
In a large bowl, stir well together:
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup soft healthy margarine
⅓ cup fancy molasses
Place on top of molasses mixture without stirring:
2½ cups all purpose flour, stirred but not sifted
Place on top of the flour:
½ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
15 grates of whole nutmeg (optional)
Now stir the above into the flour and then stir everything into the molasses mixture.
Place a plate on the bowl and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Dough will still be soft.
Sprinkle a little flour on your counter or a pastry board, as well as your rolling pin and the dough itself. Roll dough to ½ cm. Cut with cutters (a horse is nice).
Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
Cool on racks and decorate with icing.
Icing: 1 cup icing sugar and 1 tablespoon of water. Add ¼ teaspoon of water at a time until it is thin enough to spread. Stir well and allow to sit for a minute. Apply manes and tails with a fork and an eye with a toothpick.
Yield: 16 horses
Cookies are called biscuits in the United Kingdom.
Thank you to Nancy Weir, WICC administrator, for this article!