You will need some gingerbread or even graham cracker can be used, icing from your favorite recipe, and assorted Christmas candies like peppermints, small candy canes, gum drops and/or any other candies that you choose.
Here are some gingerbread recipes from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook:
Christmas English Gingerbread
1 lb. flour 1 tablespoon ginger
1/2 lb. butter 1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar Molasses
Mix flour, sugar, ginger, and salt. Work in butter, using tips of fingers, and add just enough molasses to hold ingredients together. Let stand over night to get thoroughly chilled. Roll very thin, shape, and bake in a moderate oven.
1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup milk 1 cup light brown sugar 17/8 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons ginger
Cream the butter, add sugar gradually, and milk very slowly. Mix and sift flour and ginger, and combine mixtures. Spread very thinly with a broad, long-bladed knife on a buttered, inverted dripping-pan. Bake in a moderate oven. Cut in squares before removing from pan. Watch carefully and turn pan frequently during baking, that all may be evenly cooked. If mixture around edge of pan is cooked before that in the centre, pan should be removed from oven, cooked part cut off, and remainder returned to oven to finish cooking.
Here is a video that explains how to put it together:
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I didn't want to derail the Christmas Cookie thread by responding to a post about having better things to do than decorate really detailed cookies by talking about gingerbread houses instead. So I'm reviving this thread instead.
I used to decorate gingerbread houses with a niece but we haven't done it since i moved away. This year it's been on my potential fun list but I like to decorate them and then end up eating them. It's part of the enjoyment for me. But I've hesitated because it's tough to get candy that fits my gf/plant-based diet and I never eat candy so I'd have to research what that would be. Plus, I usually avoid and don't need the sugar.
So plan B was to just get a gingerbread house kit and decorate it with crappy candy so I wasn't tempted to eat any of it because it would make me seriously ill. The fun would be in the decorating. But it seemed super wasteful to buy a kit just to decorate it and toss it. I was telling my best friend about it and she suggested that if I wasn't going to eat it anyway, I could just use cardboard and decorate it with frosting and candy. Hmmm yes interesting idea. From there I leaped to just gluing it together (rather than using frosting) and forget the candy and sugar, decorate it with stuff I have around the house - like baking soda for powdered snow, random screws and things for decorations....
Then I thought okay, I have tons of wood and branches and random green stuff from my site clearing project and windfall from recent storms, maybe I could just build a fun house with all of that and forget the cardboard and glue.
I'm not naturally artsy/creative so at that point I was exhausted and didn't do anything.... BUT, there's still time yet.
Anyone made/make gingerbread or other mini houses this time of year?
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