Hanukkah Baking Fun

By Victoria Silverlock
In preparation for Hannukah, we made dreidel shaped gingerbread at playshul. The children had fun kneading, rolling and using the cutters to cut out dreidel shaped biscuits.

Gingerbread

  • 4 oz butter
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 10 oz self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2-3 tablespoons syrup (warmed)
Cream the fat and sugar together until very soft. Sieve together the dry ingredients.
Work into the creamed fat and sugar adding the warmed syrup a little at a time.
Make into a pliable dough. Knead then roll out on a floured board.
Cut out dreidel shapes with a cutter (or, if you don’t have one, improvise) and place onto a lightly greased baking tray, not too close together as they spread when cooking.
Bake in pre-heated moderate oven (350F 180C Gas mark 4 for 10-15 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly before lifting onto a wire rack. Sprinkle with sugar to look extra special.
Mmm, tasty (c) Libby Hipkins 2012

Mmm, tasty (c) Libby Hipkins 2012

How about a Maccabee soldier? (c) Libby Hipkins 2012

How about a Maccabee soldier? (c) Libby Hipkins 2012

Let's help each other (c) Libby Hipkins 2012

Let’s help each other (c) Libby Hipkins 2012

While the gingerbread were baking in the oven, I read Melly’s Magic Dreidel to the children. This story by Amye Rosenberg has been a real favourite with my own four children.

Melly's magic dreidel
It is about a little gopher called Melly who makes a clay dreidel for her family but asks a wizard to put a spell on it so her family will think it’s special. The dreidel spins out of control causing chaos but is eventually stopped by the wizard himself dropping his magic hat on top of it. They all have hot chocolate and ginger dreidel cookies (which don’t spin!) in the wizard’s house at the end. As the story finished, we handed out the freshly baked gingerbread for the children to take home with them.
We made these hanukkiah pictures (c) Liz Ison 2012

We made these hanukkiah pictures (c) Liz Ison 2012

Victoria runs the weekly playshul for the under fives and their parents. It  is held on Sunday mornings at Wimbledon and District Synagogue.

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