Gingerbread House and Cookies – This is a fun project my son and I like to do during the Christmas season. It takes a LOT of gingerbread. Here’s the recipe I used this year (I like to experiment with different weights of flour, etc.
4 1/2 lbs of pastry flour
.50 oz of salt
1 oz ginger
2 1/2 lbs molasses
1 lb 4 oz HOT water
10 oz butter, melted
life savers, slightly crushed
In one large bowl, combine flour, salt and ginger. Whisk together to combine.
In another large bowl, combine molasses, hot water and butter. Stir to combine.
Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. It should take about six pours to fully add the liquid. Stir between each addition, until just saturated with flour. Try to combine fully but not overmix. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Here’s the gingerbread cut-outs with the dimensions I used:
I used the cardboard on the back of legal pads for this. Front/back 10″x6″ . Windows 1 3/4″x2 3/4″. Sides 8 1/2″x6″. Center roofline up middle of side 11″. Window 1 3/4″x2 3/4″. Roof 11 1/2″x7 1/4″. Door 2″x3 1/4″. Chimney (2) 1 2/3″x4″. (2) 1 3/4″x4″ with 1″ tall notch for roof. Then I used a round cutter to cut a circular skylight out of each roof panel.
It’s ready for the decorations!
This is what we have so far. We still have to do something with the walls, the chimney and embellish the pond a little more.