How To Make A GingerBread House

GingerBread Ingredients

2 Lbs. Creamed Honey Or Honey Spread
1 C. Water
4 1/3 C. Rye Flour
Generous 1 C. Chopped Mixed Candied Peel
1 Tsp. Ground Ginger
1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Grated Nutmeg
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
20-30 Blanched Almonds

Frosting Ingredients

2 Egg Whites
3 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar, Sifted
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
Colored Cake Decorations

To Make Gingerbread

Put Creamed Honey Or Honey Spread And Water Into A Medium Saucepan
Bring To A Boil, Stirring Constantly
Let Cool
Place Rye Flour And All Purpose Flour In A Large Bowl
Sprinkle With Candied Peel, Ginger, Cinnamon And Nutmeg
Make A Well In The Center
Pour In Almost Cold Honey Mixture
Knead To Make A Soft Dough
Mix In The Baking Soda
Put Dough In A Plastic Bag And Seal
Let Stand 1 To 2 Days At Room Temperature To Give Gingerbread A Better Flavor

For The Walls And Roof, Cut Out A Cardboard Pattern
Lightly Grease 2 Baking Sheets
Preheat Oven To 400 Degrees

On A Lightly Floured Surface, Roll Part Of Honey Dough Into 8 Sausage Shapes 16" Long And 3/4" Thick
Place Sausage Shapes Side By Side On 1 Greased Baking Sheet
Leave About 1/8" Between Each To Form A 16"x10" Rectangle
During Baking, Gaps Will Close To Form Walls
Bake 20 To 30 Minutes

Roll Out Remaining Dough 1/2" Thick
Cut 1 Piece Of Dough About 10"x6" And A Second Piece 14"x11"
Reserve Trimmings
This Will Make The Base And The Roof Of The House
Place Pieces On A Baking Sheet And Pierce All Over With A Fork
Bake 12 To 18 Minutes

From The 16"x10" Piece Which Was Cut First
Cut Out With A Sharp Knife The Front, Back And Side Of The House, Using The Cardboard Pattern

Cut Out A Door And Window For The Front Wall
From The Flat Pieces Of Gingerbread, Cut Out 2 Roof Pieces Using Cardboard Pattern
Roll Out Remaining Uncooked Dough 1/4" Thick
Cut Out 20 Oblong Cookies And Place An Almond On Each One
Also Cut Out Pieces For The Chimney And Strips For The Fence
Bake 10 To 15 minutes

To Make Frosting

Beat Egg Whites Lightly In A Medium Bowl Until Frothy
Gradually Beat In Powdered Sugar To Make A Frosting
Beat In Lemon Juice

Assemble Sections Of House, Using Frosting To Hold Pieces Together
Let Frosting Dry Completely At Each Stage Before Constructing The Next Section
Coat Roof And Chimney With Frosting To Resemble Freshly Fallen Snow
Decorate House With Cookies, Cake Decorations And Almonds

You Can Also Use Candies Such As Red Cinnamons
Gum Drops
Life Savers
And Pepper Mints
To Decorate The House

Glue For GingerBread Houses

3 Egg Whites
1 (16 oz.) Bag Powdered Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Cream Of Tartar

Beat With Electric Beater

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