This is the first time I had taken part in a challenge of this nature to make a Ginger Bread House. I love baking and that’s what prompted me to even try this. It was tough never having seen how a House like this is put together. I did finally finish the house even though barely enough to take a few pictures. After having viewed the first set of photos, I wanted to get a second set of pictures from a different angle. And to do that I slightly moved the House, and before I could get to my camera, I heard a noise and looked back just to see my house crumbling down. Now looking back at the project it was a learning experience well worth the time. Next Christmas if I get the time I will be making a House that is much better.
From the dough that I had left over after making the house I made lots of cookies, and they just came out tasty. I modified the recipe of Y of Lemonpi . I think I learned from this challenge is I need to be more patience and perfect while baking some thing.
What you need
Butter: 1 cup
Brown sugar: 1 ½ cup
Water: 1 cup
Cinnamon: 2 tablespoon
Ground Ginger: 1.25 tablespoon
Ground cloves: 3 teaspoon
Baking soda: 1 tablespoon
All purpose flour: 5 cup
How I made
In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until blended. Add cinnamon, ground ginger and cloves. Mix the baking soda with the boiling water and add to the dough along with the flour. Mix everything to make stiff dough. I chilled the dough overnight.
Cut patterns for the house, making patterns for the roof, front and back wall in a cardboard.
Roll the dough in slightly floured bench roughly ⅛ inch thick. Cut required shapes and transfer to the baking sheet.
Pre heat oven at 375F and bake for 15 minutes until the cookie dough feels firm. After baking place it in wire rack to cool it completely.
For Icing I used, ready to decorate icing from Wilton and Pillsbury creamy supreme classic white because I could not find pasteurized eggs, I was not comfortable with using raw egg whites.
For House use ½ inch thick dough.
Trim the sides after baking.
Make sure the pieces of house fits properly before using icing.
Use more icing to glue the house.
Preparation time: Overnight + 2 hours
Yield: One house and 25 small ginger bread cookies
Verdict: Cookies are tasty
Will you make it again? Probably next Christmas if I get time
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.