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Gingerbread Men & Houses
Fun to cut & decorate, & fun to eat. They keep well
even if hung on the tree for a couple of weeks. See below
for construction-grade gingerbread. A step-by-step photographic
guide to making and decorating a gingerbread house is on my flickr site here.
Sheets ungreased Oven 350 degrees F Time
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
350 grams soft wheat
1 stick cinnamon (about 3 inches worth at 1/4 inch diameter)
1 teaspoon cloves
2 1/2 cups unbleached or whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon powder
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg
and molasses until smooth and light.
Whisk dry ingredients together, then stir into wet, just until mixed.
Chill dough. Roll out 1/4 inch thick and cut out. Transfer
to ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 13-16 minutes at 350 until done.
Makes 2 dozen gingerbread people @ 106 calories:
37 % fat
6 % protein
making gingerbread for construction:
Use all purpose or part bread flour, or half and half whole wheat bread
flour and whole wheat pastry flour. For cookies that are going to
be hung on the tree, roll a little thicker and make a big hole (bigger
than you think necessary) for a piece of yarn or ribbon to hang the
cookie. The hole will shrink during baking.
For gingerbread houses or other edible
edifices, double the recipe to fill a 12 x 17 jelly roll
pan. Pat and roll the gingerbread to fill the pan. It
should end up more than 1/4 inch thick, and when baked, will be about
1/2 inch thick. Do not cut out the building pieces until
after baking. That way, you can make nice, sharp, square edges on
thick, sturdy pieces that will easily stand together.
Attach the pieces together with egg white cement: mix the white
of one egg* with enough powdered sugar to make a thick
paste. Spread over edges to be joined and hold together for a few
seconds until the are fimly joined. The egg-white cement will dry
very hard and strong. Use sturdy Decorator Frosting to decorate and
adorn the houses with candies or dried fruits and nuts.
*If you're concerned about salmonella or other things in raw eggs, you
can use commercially available pasteurized egg whites for the cement.
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