Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Gingerbread House(s)

This week is all about making gingerbread houses. I don't know what it is about gingerbread houses that makes them so appealing, whether it's because they're tasty,fun, gorgeous and edible. This year I'm making a few small ones, which I already tried a few years ago. I liked the way each house had it's own theme. And who wants to share? This is the first recipe I found when I made my first gingerbread house, when I was 5, and the recipe was fine, my architectural skills were not. this recipe comes form the food network channel, something I remember watching as a kid, although I never watched the episode where this recipe was featured.

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1&1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6&1/4 cup cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
1. Cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. 
2. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until incorporated.
3. Add the vanilla extract and molasses, and mix until incorporated. 
4. Add the flour,baking soda,cinnamon,ginger,cloves and salt and combine until a dough forms.
5. Chill the dough until needed or at least 2 hours.

This is only the initial step, it's just making the dough, because really that only as far as I got. This weeks post is about all of it, the templates,baking, gluing, decorating and all the rest of it. 

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