Ok ,there is no time.
There is less than 12 days to Christmas. And you are late just like I always I am in the nick of time. You just have to make the Gingerbread house. It is so a must do project. So if you have kids clamoring for cookies, make one ginger bread house and watch your children destroy all the gorgeousness of it.
There’s nothing that will give them greater happiness. Believe me.
That demolition is more fun than any other demolition ever. And the snow.. was the awesomest ever. We’ve got no winter.. but you can’t blame us for trying.
Ok so that house.
My printer is on a sabbatical. So there was no chance of getting a print out. So I made a drawing.
Copied from a picture online , I rolled out the dough on parchment paper and then cut the pattern. Only I left the windows and doors in.
And half way through the baking bring out the tray and trace the cuts out again.
Pop the tray back in the oven and bake the ginger bread house till done . Then once the gingerbread house cools ,remove the windows and doors.
The royal icing should be used to decorate the walls before and let them dry before you stick them together.
You need a little colour and some sprinkles to make it super cute.
And the extra bits make a gingerbread man or a star or a bell.
You need extra.
You do need an extra cookie.
You really do.
So make this.
Right now. It’s so close to Christmas.
Whole Wheat Ginger Bread House-Baketitude
350 GM’s whole wheat flour or atta
125 GM’s butter
175 GM’s brown sugar
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
80 GM’s or 5 tbsp honey
For the Royal Icing
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp lemon juice
3 cups plus extra sifted icing sugar
Gel food colour and Sprinkles
Make the cookie dough.
Let the butter soften at room temperature. Beat the butter and the sugar till pale and well mixed . Whisk in the vanilla extract . Whisk the honey and the egg.
Add the beaten honey and egg mix into the butter mix. Sift together the whole wheat and baking powder and salt.
Knead it into the egg and butter mixture and make it into a soft dough.
Now divide the dough into two and pat into a circle and wrap in cling film. Pop into the refrigerator.
In the meanwhile make the royal icing.
Whisk the egg whites with the lemon juice Till frothy. Slowly whisk in the sifted sugar. It may look a little grey.
But as you add more and more sugar it will become white.
You should be able to get stiff peaks.
Cover the royal icing with cling film so that it doesn’t come in contact with air or it will crust.
Thin out as needed. Take out only as much as needed.
And when you add colour ,stop just before you get the colour you want. The color will deepen in a bit.
Keep the royal icing in the fridge till you use it.
Make the template and cut it out.
Roll out one dough bit to 1/3 inch thick.
Place the template over trace out the windows and doors. I forgot to add the chimney , but you can.
Remove the extras. So I made a big house , about 5 inches tall. And I needed two trays to get the 4 walls and two roof panels.
Chill the tray while the oven preheats to 180C.
Pop the trays in for 10 minutes. Remove them one at a time and retrace the cuts or else you won’t be able to remove the windows and door later. And you’ll have two panels instead of walls and roof panels.
Pop the trays in again for another 10 minutes at 170C .
Bring the walls etc on to a wire rack and cool
Once the walls are cool. Border, squiggles. .. whatever you want… Decorate your house with your kids or on your own. I did it on my own. Sweet child just made the sugar snow fall.
And that was fun.
So what if we don’t really celebrate Christmas.
We’ll be doing the midnight round to check out the carols and church decorations and the spirit of Christmas.
So what if we had to swab the floor. It was all in the spirit of Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.