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Gingerbread House. The Secrets of Cooking and Decoration

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120 min
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4
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If you want to how to make a gingerbread house, we’ll try explain to you both the recipe and the way of decorating the dessert.

To begin with, cook the dough and flatten it. Next you’ll need to add all the details. For this purpose, you may:

  •         Melt white and dark chocolate over a water bath;
  •         Cook caramel syrup with lemon zest;
  •         Whip egg whites with sugar, to make icing.

Colourful icing may be used for drawing little details and snowflakes. If you like, you may melt marshmallows and use this mass for decorating the dessert as well. Let`s look at the step-by-step recipe for this X-Mas dessert.

Ingredients for
servings
сals/100 gr
Flour
1 cup
340 cals
Baking soda
0.5 tsp
11 cals
Sugar
2 cups
370 cals
Liquid honey
1 cup
80 cals
Melted butter
1 cup
240 cals
Eggs
3 pcs
70 cals
Cognac or vodka (optionally)
50 ml
245 cals
Ground cinnamon
0.25 tsp
11 cals
Ground pepper
0.25 tsp
Total calories in the prepared dish
1367 cals
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Instructions:
  1. Mix all the spices, grinding them into a dust.
  2. Sift the flour through the sieve. Mix it with the baking powder.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients in the separate bowl.
  4. Slowly mix this mass, but do not whip.
  5. Add the flour and baking soda. Knead the dough.
  6. Form an elastic ball and cover it with the plastic wrap. Leave it in the fridge overnight.
  7. On the following day, you`ll need to work quickly. Knead the dough one more time, divide it into pieces and cut out all the shapes. Bake them immediately. If you like, you may decorate the dough with carvings, made using a sharp knife.
  8. Bake all the details for 356 F for 12 minutes. Take the tray out of the oven and cover it with the paper towel. Leave it for several hours to cool down.
  9. Bake all the shapes at 356 F for 12 minutes. Take the tray out of the oven and cover it with a paper towel. Leave it for several hours to cool down.
  10. Form the edges carefully. Now you can begin to form the house.
  11. Use the whipped mixture of sugar powder, 1 egg white and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. If you’re going to eat this dessert with adults, you may add cognac into the bowl with the icing. In this case, the mass will be very fragrant. If you like, you may use melted chocolate instead.
  12. Decorate all the details, using a pastry bag and bright icing.
  13. Leave it for an hour or two and join the separate parts together carefully. Leave to stand for at least 12 hours.
  14. Next morning you may start decorating the dessert with all those little details.

Secrets of making a gingerbread house and decorating it:

  •         This dessert will not spoil, even if you leave it for a month. So, it can be prepared well in advance.
  •         Use powdered sugar to decorate the roof.
  •         Decorate the edges of the roof with nuts or coconut shaving, if you like.

There are a lot of gingerbread house ideas, still this one is very easy, so even if you’re going to bake such a dessert for the first time, you shouldn’t have any problems. Share the recipe with your friends and search for more interesting ideas on our website.

Author:
Chef Andrew
My name is Andrew. I am the chef of the site "Very Tasty". This is a real creative kitchen!
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