Monday, December 24, 2012

Gingerbread Houses





 
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas & a very Happy New Year .  May lovely moments & happy  moments surround you with joy this Christmas & always .













Gingerbread Houses & gingerbread man
Gingerbread house template from Le Franco Phoney

Ingredients for 2 gingerbread houses , 2 x 20 cm round base for the house & 1 dozen of mini gingerbread man 
1 orange( finely grated orange zests)
350g honey
100g butter (softened & diced)
100g brown sugar
1 egg
550g flour
1 tsp of 4 spices ( spice for gingerbread)
1tsp ground ginger
1tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Candies / sweets/ biscuits/ cookies of your choice to decorate the house
Cardboards for the templates
Piping bag
Rolling pin

For royal icing: x 2
1 egg white
200g icing sugar
½ tsp lemon juice

Directions:

1)      In a saucepan, melt honey with brown sugar & butter over medium heat till sugar dissolved. Remove from heat & let to cool. 
2)      Combine flour, baking powder, salt & all the spices in a big bowl. Mix well.
3)      Stir in egg & orange zests into honey mixture till well combined.
4) Pour in honey mixture gradually into flour mixture & stir till all fully combined into a dough..  Place in a polybag & chill for 2 hours. 
5) Preheat oven to 180 °C. On a lightly floured surface knead the dough  & using a lightly floured rolling pin , roll the dough to a ½ cm to 1 cm thickness . Using cardboard templates to cut the shape of the house . Place dough pieces onto baking tray lined with baking paper. If dough pieces stretch during the transfer process, push them back into shape . Bake for  15 to 20 minutes till golden brown. Let to cool completely on wire racks .

For Royal Icing:
6) Beat egg white & powdered sugar till thickens. Add in lemon juice & beat till soft peaks & shinny texture.
7) Spoon icing mixture in a piping bag or using a plastic bag. Cut the small corner of the bag  


8) Place round base on tray, pipe a thick line of icing along a short end of the side pieces. Press the iced piece against the edges of either the front or back pieces . Using mugs to hold in place or prop up with cans. Repeat with the other side pieces. Continue to pipe icing along the seams , inside of the house & the edges of the house .. Let to set for an hour before adding the roof pieces. 
9) Pipe icing along the top edges & place the roof pieces on it. Hold the roof pieces or placing cans or mugs to hold the roof so that they don’t slide down. Pipe the top seam of the house with more icing . Let it set for few hours before decorating .  Spread icing over the roof  & decorate it with any candy or biscuits of your choice to make lovely design & have fun!




Linking this post to Calender Cakes hosted this month by  Rachel of Dollybakes  & co -hosted with  Laura of Laura Loves Cakes . This month's theme is  Go Crackers For Christmas









I've made my white chocolate & coconut truffles for the snowman





 Introducing my baking buddy that encouraged me in every single project that I've made, Cooky  ;)  LOL



Have A Bless Christmas Everyone.


23 comments:

  1. Kit your gingerbread houses look absolutely wonderful and beauty, hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!!

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  2. They're gorgeous! I especially love how you've done the roofs. Merry Christmas! :)

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  3. Love it Love it Loveit!! Love your sweet design

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  4. Kit, they are so cute and gorgeous! Here's wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  5. I have been wanting to make Gingerbread Houses for as long as I can remember Kit. Yours are absolutely adorable! It looks like and sounds like you had such fun too!!! One day I will make them:)

    Thank you so much for sharing...A very Merry Christmas to YOU and Yours, Kit:)

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  6. I love your Gingerbread Houses. They're the cutest and prettiest that I've ever seen so far. Good Job!!!
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a great New Year in 2013!

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  7. Are you sure this is your first time at attempting it, Kit? Your houses looks absolutely gorgeous. So professionally done. Love it! Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to you and family!

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  8. Oh wow Kit, these are gorgeous! You are so talented. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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  9. Gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and your family from Malaysia!

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  10. Hi Kit,
    Your gingerbread houses are absolutely gorgeous! Stunning! You are one creative lady!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  11. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Kit! Your gingerbread house is absolutely adorable. Love all the decorations!!

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  12. Gorgeous! You have such talent to make these gingerbread house on your own. Love the candy decoration, some more you add on the christmas tree cookies, snowman and the ginger men :) .... this is I call PERFECT :)

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  13. Kit , that gingerbread house looks FANTASTIC ! One of the prettiest I've seen online :D Great job !!!

    Happy Holidays !!!

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  14. Kit,
    Your Hansel and Gratel Candy houses are so awesome.
    I know how much effort you have put in making this but i can tell this is all worth it.

    Just wondering how many types of candy you use to decorate your gingerbread house?
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours:D
    mui

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  15. you absolutely did a good job...very nice!

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  16. What a wonderful job you did on these houses! They look so pretty and very festive. Happy Holidays to you!

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  17. Oh my word, these are so adorable!!

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  18. You are so talented. The ginger houses are so gorgeous! Happy New Year to you and family.

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  19. Your gingerbread houses are gorgeous!!! Happy Holidays!

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  20. hi kit, your gingerbread houses are incredible looking!! fantastic job done! Happy new year to you too!

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  21. Kit you have done a fabulous work dear......it is worth your effor...keep rocking dear....hats off 2 u dear

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