Making gingerbread houses is a Christmastime tradition in my family. This year I made gingerbread houses with my students in the baking class that I am teaching. The recipe comes from a video my mom checked out from the library many years ago called "Gingerbread Fun for Everyone".
Yield: 6 houses
4-5 C. Flour
1 Tbsp Baking Soda
3/4 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. molasses
1. In a pot, combine wet ingredients and heat on medium until well blended, 10-15 minutes, stir occasionally. Add dry ingredients, except for 1 C. flour set aside, and mix. When ball forms sprinkle extra flour on board and knead dough. Divide into 2-3 sections. Leftovers can be made into cookies.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough 1/8" thick. Place patterns on dough and cut with a sharp knife. Place on cookie sheet and flatten with fingers to remove air bubbles. Cut out windows and doors AFTER baking. Bake 7-8 minutes.
3. While still on tray, straighten edges, cut doors, windows, chimney. cool completely on rack after removing them from cookie sheet when cool.
4 C. powdered sugar
2 egg whites (made from powdered egg whites)
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
4. Combine in bowl. Mix at low speed and then on high, cover w/ damp cloth to keep frosting from drying out.
my students hard at work assembling....
I hope you've enjoyed 12 days of cheer!