Gingerbread Recipe

Total Time:
13 hr 30 min
Prep:
3 hr 30 min
Cook:
10 hr
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (8-ounces) butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 5 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • ROYAL ICING;
  • 2 cups 10x sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 egg whites
  • CANDY SUPPLIES:
  • 10 rolls Necco Wafer, possibly more depending on number of houses
  • 2 pounds chocolate covered raisins
  • 1 pound hard candies, assorted colors
  • 1 pound cinnamon red hots
  • 2 bags mini-malted milkballs, coated in assorted colors
  • Assorted Christmas candies, your choice
Directions
  • In a mixing bowl, on medium speed, cream together the butter, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Add the molasses, mixing until incorporated. Add the flour, 1 cup at a time, and mix each cup until just combined. With the mixer running, slowly add the water. Spread the dough out on a sheet pan, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until you're ready to roll it out (ideally overnight, three hours minimum).

  • Keep gingerbread cool while working with it. Dust with flour to avoid sticking. Brush away excess flour after cutting.

  • Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Apply even pressure on rolling pin to avoid variance in thickness. Cut out house pieces using your cardboard templates. A dough wheel works best. Use a paring knife for corners.

  • Bake pieces in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or until dough is set well. Crisp gingerbread is a must for a lasting structure. Allow pieces to cool completely before assembly-overnight is ideal. If pans are not level transfer warm pieces carefully onto the counter surface so they set completely flat.

ROYAL ICING;
  • In the bowl of a mixer, blend the above ingredients together and mix on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. Keep covered with a damp towel to prevent a crust from forming on the icing.

  • ASSEMBLY FOR GINGERBREAD HOUSES: Windows should be decorated before assembly. Colored flow icing, crushed candies, melted leaf gelatin, marzipan, etc.

  • Mix royal icing and keep covered with a damp towel. Assemble house on the a 12-inch round base of your choice. Start with a front piece and a side piece using royal icing liberally on the inside. The 2 pieces should stand without assistance. Assemble remaining pieces in the same fashion. Roof pieces may need support to counteract gravity, sugar boxes, soda cans work well.

CANDY SUPPLIES:
  • Time to decorate your house. Necco wafers make excellent roof shingles. Chocolate covered raisins will build a chimney. Red hots, jelly beans, chocolate chips, gummi bears -- use your imagination in the candy aisle.

  • Finish with royal icing and dust with snow-donut sugar looks best.


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