Here are a few baking tips for your Gingerbread, along with a few patterns for your convenience.
Gingerbread House Recipe
- 1/3 cup soft shortening
- 1cup brown sugar, packed
- 1-1/2 cups dark molasses
- 2/3 cup cold water
- 7 cups flour
- 2 tsps. Baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. allspice
- 1 tsp. ginger
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
Stir in water, Blend all dry ingredients; stir in. Chill dough.
Spray pan and paper with a light coat of nonstick spray.
Make a 10X15 solid cookie by rolling the dough to 1/8” thickness.
to prevent dough from spreading or changing shape while baking.
For the porch pillars, just roll out dough into two 1/2" diameter logs.
Using a toothpick, score a light indention or two on the logs to create a bit of interest.
Bake gingerbread 7-8 minute just until edges begin to brown slightly.
Nest carefully place the parchment paper with the scored gingerbread onto a baking rack to cool completely.
When cooled, remove from the parchment paper and allow the bread to set for a 24 hour period to harden.
Allow to harden at least one day before attempting to piece house together.
Below are a few patterns just to get you started.
Cut your patterns from cardboard or foam core and assemble with tape beforehand, especially if you are adding
elements to your structure, such as a porch, vestibule, gables or any other addition you want to create.
This step makes it easier to envision your assembly when constructing with gingerbread and sugar and well worth the extra time.
Be creative and have fun!
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