Monday, December 10, 2012

Gingerbread House








This year, I attempted gingerbread house from scratch.  From drawing the template, preparing the dough, baking and putting the house together and finally decorating it.  It was a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when I finally completed my mini gingerbread house.  As the gingerbread house is meant for display only, I used the cheapest shortening available to prepare the dough,  which is tub margarine (S$2.40 for 500g).  No need to use expensive butter, of course unless, you intend to eat the gingerbread house.  


Here's the gingerbread dough recipe, adapted from Haniela:

550g plain flour
250g margarine
170g icing sugar
70g dark brown sugar
1 egg, medium sized
2 to 3 tsp mixed spices (or more if you like)
1/2 cup golden syrup (lightly grease the cup with a little oil before filling with golden syrup)







Method:
1) Cream margarine, icing sugar and dark brown sugar together till creamy.
2) Add in eggs, mixed spices and golden syrup.  Beat till combined.
3) Add in plain flour and mix to form a dough.  Rest the dough for a short while before rolling and cutting out the cookie shapes.
4) Bake in preheated oven of 175C for about 15 minutes or more.  I prefer to bake for a longer time to ensure the cookies are really dry, given our high level of humidity.






With the success of my first gingerbread house, I made my second gingerbread house a few days later - the polka dots house.  For this gingerbread house, I flooded the cookies (i.e. the "walls") with red/white royal icing and let them dry completely (preferably in an aircon room to speed up the drying process) before putting the house together.  Despite putting in more work and effort, I think the house is quite ugly and far from the super cute-looking bird house by Haniela.






Now, these two gingerbread houses are currently the best natural air freshener for my house.  The aroma of mixed spices and icing sugar is simply superb!  One question that you may have .... any ants, cockroaches or house pests came knocking on the door of my gingerbread house?    Surprisingly ..... no.  I just leave them uncovered on the dining table.  Perhaps the mixed spices fragrance is too strong for the liking of the average household pests??




5 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous. I love them and the shape of the smaller one is so adorable!

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    1. Hi Haniela, thanks for dropping by! And really thank you for sharing your gingerbread recipe and tips for making it. Your gingerbread centerpiece are all so beautiful.

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  2. wow! beautiful gingerbread house!

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  3. i too like the smaller house - the roof looks absolutely stunning! and i think your house is as pretty as Haniela's!

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