Good morning !
I made a big batch of gingerbread cookies this year, first time ever and they were great (yayy)
However, the recipe I used made way too much dough (seriously, waaaaayyyy too much). I put some in the freezer, hope that will be OK, and still have a little in the fridge. I'm still up to my eyeballs in cookies (I don't eat them and was short on visitors this year) but I really want to use the dough.
I am thinking that I will try rolling the dough out fairly thin and lining some small cupcake or muffin tins with it to make little tartlet cases....but I have a few questions for you experienced bakers out there as I'm new to this.
1. Will this work? I'm thinking I should blind bake them for part of the cooking time (or all?)....
2. Suggestions for fillings? I was thinking maybe a cream cheese frosting, although that may be too rich, or cheesecake filling. Perhaps a chocolate ganache type thing, but again, may be too rich. Any suggestions of flavours/fillings that would go well with gingerbread and are not too rich and heavy?
3. Will the dough be the same as it was originally if I have kept it in the fridge for a few days or will it be different to work and cook with?
AI think your tart cases idea is great! Think of things that naturally go with ginger. First that springs to mind is rhubarb and custard. Yum
Oohh...hadn't thought of that. Thanks Ammcats
Difficult thing is that I don't eat sweet stuff.....
Ause a flower cutter to cut them out before you put them in cupcake pans and you won't have to trip or shape. Gingerbread works well with pumpkin, so you could do mini pumpkin pies or cheesecakes.
Atest a couple in the oven first -- my gb dough this year would all slide together and make a big deep round cookie if i tried that-- rather than keep the walls of the pie shell up kwim -- but halfway through the bake you can go in and squosh it back against the sides of the pan too -- carefully without getting burned -- then put it back in to finish baking -- test it out a bit beforehand -- I think cream cheese & apple sounds like a great filling too
Did this a couple of years ago for a New Year's brunch - baked the cookie dough as mini-tart shells, filled with lemon curd, topped with a bit of whipped cream. They were very good when crisp, but even better after the crust had softened a bit. But too long sitting and they collapsed into a wonderful gooey bite - fork food then, but still so good.
Great ideas and advice, Thanks
Am going to try them today
It's quite a firm cookie dough, so hoping they will hold up.... Fingers crossed!
AI wonder if the cups would come out better if you turn the mini cupcake pan upside down and shape the gingerbreadover the humps. I might try it with my leftover sugar cookie dough!