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Gail's Gingerbread Houses

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Just thought I would share my gingerbread houses with the page. First time I ever tried. My daughter Romy and I had great fun making these together. Great idea as gifts for Christmas for the young ones😊😊

Ginger Biscuit Recipe
51/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
41/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
250 g butter or margerine
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup golden syrup
1 jumbo egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
Cream sugar and butter together, add egg, syrup and vanilla essence.
Add all dry ingredients. Mix well until completely blended. Let dough rest for 1 hour or you can leave in fridge overnight.
Give dough a slight knead and roll out to 1 cm thickness.
Cut out your shapes for the house as per your templates and bake for 16 to 20 mins depending on the thickness of your dough at 180 C (lower the temp for fan assist oven to 160 C )
Leave on wire rack to cool completely.
Using Royal Icing decorate and assemble the cutouts for your gingerbread house.
Decorate as desired. Before putting on the roof, fill the shell of house with sweets, toffees and chocolates.
Use as a centre piece for your Christma’s table or make as gifts for the kiddos.🌲🌲
Royal Icing
In a small bowl add 3/4 cup water, add 5 tbsp meringue powder and 1 tsp vanilla essence or you may use 1 tsp lemon juice.
Whisk together for 30 seconds then add the cream of tartar and whisk a further 30 seconds.
Transfer this mixture to a stand mixer and with paddle attachment add 1 kg packet of icing sugar beating on low for 10 mins.
Pour icing into bowls if requiring different colours and colour with food gel colouring.
Keep a moist tea towel over your icing as you decorate, the icing tends to dry out quickly.
Place icing into piping bag with nozzle and on a cake board, assemble your gingerbread house together.
Baked and decorated by my daughter and myself.
Note: this recipe yielded 3 gingerbread houses.
Gingerbread House Template available at baking supply stores, Yuppie Chef or Amazon.
Prepared, tried and tested by:Β Gail Haselsteinerβ€Ž

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