Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

February 28, 2010

The birds

There was a spot of baking here this morning. We were taking a little something to a party for a special 7 year-old. So what to bake for a boy who likes birds?

Avian-inspired gingerbread.

I had grand plans for the plumage, but forgot an important decorating principle: less is more.

I was a little heavy-handed with the icing and sprinkles.

And once I got the whole flock together, they morphed into something that would send shivers down Tippi Hedren's spine.

Yes, Tweenage Mutant Ginger Turtledoves.

Of course appearances aren't everything. The kids seemed to like them!

(My adaption of a trusty recipe from Taste )

150g (5½oz) unsalted butter
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 egg (I use the equivalent in an egg substitute)
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup cocoa
2¾ cups plain flour
  1. Place the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the ingredients are melted and the sugar dissolved. Boil for one minute, then remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda, then place the mixture in a large bowl and allow to cool
  3. Sift together the dry ingredients
  4. Beat the egg lightly, then stir into the butter mixture
  5. Add the dry ingredients and combine until a smooth dough
  6. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF)
  7. Divide dough in half, wrap tightly in cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour
  8. Remove dough from fridge and roll out each half of dough in turn between two pieces of baking paper
  9. Cut out shapes and bake for approximately 7 - 9 minutes depending upon thickness and size
  10. Leave for 5 minutes on the tray before removing to cool completely. Decorate.


  1. You do General Silliness like no other. Don't DARE stop! We love General Silly.

  2. Well, everyone knows the only way to defeat those pesky Tweenage Mutant Ginger Turtledoves is to eat them all up!

  3. Love a good ginger bread. We baked too...meant to do a really nice pink icing for the cupcakes - turned out fluro pink. Still tasted good though ;)

  4. they look wonderful Liesl! I love how you decorated them.

  5. I love them - and I bet they took an age to make. Very cool baking Mrs Bumpo!

  6. Your little ducky cookies are so cute! I love a good gingerbread recipe.

    That reminds me: I had a friend link me this blog the other day: http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/

    This awesome woman not only does amazingly cool baking in general, but she has a special section on "science baking" (petri dish cookies, drosophila cookies, mouse cookies, lab flask cookies!).


Thanks for dropping by! I love hearing what people have to say. Leave a comment if you like.