GINGERBREAD HOUSE RECIPE – NYT COOKING
Provided by: Julia Moskin
Total time: 2 hours
Yield: Gingerbread for 1 9-by-9-inch house
|1 pound/454 grams unsalted butter (4 sticks), at cool room temperature|
|2 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons/595 grams dark brown sugar|
|12 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons/1,648 grams all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting|
|2 heaping tablespoons/15 grams ground ginger|
|2 heaping tablespoons/15 grams ground cinnamon|
|1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda|
|1/2 teaspoon baking powder|
|1/2 teaspoon salt|
|4 eggs, at room temperature|
|2 cups molasses|
|Zest of 2 lemons (optional)|
|Zest of 2 oranges (optional)|
- Make half of the batch: In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together half the butter and half the sugar for 5 minutes, until fluffy. Scrape down sides.
- Meanwhile, sift together the dry ingredients — the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt — and set aside half.
- With mixer running at low speed, add two eggs, one at a time. Mix in 1 cup molasses. Scrape down bowl.
- In 3 batches, add half the dry ingredients, mixing just to combine. To prevent any flour from flying out, make sure the mixer is off when adding each batch, and drape a towel over it when mixing. Mix in zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange.
- Pull dough out of mixer, and wrap in plastic wrap, or transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Repeat Steps 1 to 5 to make the remaining dough. Refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to bake, heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out dough: For each square, weigh out about 20 ounces of dough. The goal is to end up with five 9-inch squares, so you’ll roll them out a bit larger, bake them and trim off the edges.
- Lightly dust a large piece of parchment paper with flour. Place the chilled dough on top. Roll side to side and up and down to make a rough square shape. While you roll, make frequent quarter-turns so that the dough remains even.
- Roll until dough is about 10 by 10 inches and a generous 1/4-inch thick. Transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. (Any dough left after the squares have been prepared can be rolled out 1/4-inch thick and used for cookies.) In the oven, the slab will rise to about 3/8- or 1/2-inch thickness, which will make the house extra sturdy.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until even and firmly set. Place pans on racks to cool. To prevent bending and cracking, carefully transfer to racks by lifting parchment paper. When completely cool, stack the slabs, still on parchment, and set aside to dry out at room temperature for 3 to 7 days. (When ready to assemble, see How to Make a Gingerbread House guide for full instructions.)
SIMPLE GINGERBREAD HOUSE RECIPE | BBC GOOD FOOD
Provided by: Jane Hornby
Categories: Afternoon tea, Dessert, Treat
Total time: 1 hours 12 minutes
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: Makes 1 house with 12 portions
|250g unsalted butter|
|200g dark muscovado sugar|
|7 tbsp golden syrup|
|600g plain flour|
|2 tsp bicarbonate of soda|
|4 tsp ground ginger|
|200g flaked almonds|
|2 egg whites|
|500g icing sugar, plus extra to dust|
|125g mini chocolate fingers|
|generous selection of sweets of your choice, choose your own colour theme|
|1 mini chocolate roll or a dipped chocolate flake|
|few edible silver balls|
|template (see tips below)|
- Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger into a large bowl, then stir in the butter mixture to make a stiff dough. If it won’t quite come together, add a tiny splash of water.
- Cut out the template (download from the tips below). Put a sheet of baking paper on a work surface and roll about one quarter of the dough to the thickness of two £1 coins. Cut out one of the sections, then slide the gingerbread, still on its baking paper, onto a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, re-rolling the trimmings, until you have two side walls, a front and back wall and two roof panels. Any leftover dough can be cut into Christmas trees, if you like.
- Pick out the most intact flaked almonds and gently poke them into the roof sections, pointy-end first, to look like roof tiles. Bake all the sections for 12 mins or until firm and just a little darker at the edges. Leave to cool for a few minutes to firm up, then trim around the templates again to give clean, sharp edges. Leave to cool completely.
- Put the egg whites in a large bowl, sift in the icing sugar, then stir to make a thick, smooth icing. Spoon into a piping bag with a medium nozzle. Pipe generous snakes of icing along the wall edges, one by one, to join the walls together. Use a small bowl to support the walls from the inside, then allow to dry, ideally for a few hours.
- Once dry, remove the supports and fix the roof panels on. The angle is steep so you may need to hold these on firmly for a few mins until the icing starts to dry. Dry completely, ideally overnight. To decorate, pipe a little icing along the length of 20 mini chocolate fingers and stick these lengthways onto the side walls of the house. Use three, upright, for the door.
- Using the icing, stick sweets around the door and on the front of the house. To make the icicles, start with the nozzle at a 90-degree angle to the roof and squeeze out a pea-sized blob of icing. Keeping the pressure on, pull the nozzle down and then off – the icing will pull away, leaving a pointy trail. Repeat all around the front of the house. Cut the chocolate mini roll or dipped Flake on an angle, then fix with icing to make a chimney. Pipe a little icing around the top. If you’ve made gingerbread trees, decorate these now, too, topping each with a silver ball, if using. Dust the roof with icing sugar for a snowy effect. Lay a winding path of sweets, and fix gingerbread trees around and about using blobs of icing. Your gingerbread house will be edible for about a week.
Calories 636 calories, FatContent 30 grams fat, SaturatedFatContent 13 grams saturated fat, CarbohydrateContent 80 grams carbohydrates, SugarContent 38 grams sugar, FiberContent 2 grams fiber, ProteinContent 10 grams protein, SodiumContent 0.6 milligram of sodium
GINGERBREAD HOUSES RECIPE BY TASTY
Provided by: Vaughn Vreeland
Yield: 12 servings
|5 cups all purpose flour|
|1 teaspoon baking soda|
|3 teaspoons ground ginger|
|1 teaspoon nutmeg|
|1 teaspoon cinnamon|
|1 teaspoon kosher salt|
|nonstick cooking spray, for greasing|
|1 cup vegetable shortening|
|1 cup granulated sugar|
|1 cup molasses|
|4 large egg whites|
|1 teaspoon cream of tartar|
|6 cups powdered sugar, sifted|
|water, as needed|
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- Grease the bottom and sides of a heavy-bottomed pot (such as a Dutch oven) with nonstick spray. This will ensure the dough doesn’t stick to the pot as you turn it out.
- Melt the shortening in the greased pot over medium heat. Add the molasses and sugar, bring to a boil, then turn off the heat.
- Gradually stir in 4 cups (500 grams) of the flour mixture, 1 cup (125 grams) at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each addition before adding more. You’ll have some of the flour mixture left over.
- Dust a work surface with some of the remaining flour mixture. Carefully turn the dough out onto the floured surface and work in the flour mixture. (You don’t want the dough to be too crumbly. You may have some flour mixture left over, which can be used for rolling out the dough.)
- Once the flour is incorporated, shape the dough into a 12-inch (30.5 cm) log and cut into 3 portions, 1 piece slightly larger than the others for the roof.
- Set aside the smaller pieces of dough in the pot (it still should be warm, but not hot), cover with plastic wrap, and put the lid on. You’ll want to work with the dough while it’s warm as it tends to harden at room temperature. If it hardens, simply microwave for about 30 seconds.
- On the floured surface, roll out the larger piece of dough to a rectangle about ½-inch (1 ¼ cm) thick. Using a house template, cut the 2 pieces of the roof and set on a prepared baking sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart as the dough will expand while baking.
- Roll out the rest of the dough and cut out the front, back, and sides of the house using the templates. Place on a baking sheet.
- Wrap the leftover dough in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 1 day. Microwave to soften and roll out to make decorations for the house or another gingerbread creation.
- Bake the gingerbread house pieces for 12-15 minutes, until they have hardened and baked through. Let cool completely.
- Make the royal icing: In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric hand mixer until frothy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, 1 cup (120 grams) at a time, until the icing is smooth and thick. NOTE: The icing is used for gluing the house together. It’s very thick. To use the icing for decorating, add about 1 teaspoon of water at a time to thin the icing to your desired consistency.
- Assemble the gingerbread house with the royal icing. TIP: Put the roof pieces side by side with the underside up (and the eventual exposed part of the roof down). “Glue” a cut piece of a paper shopping bag across these two pieces with royal icing. Place two small glass bowls on either side of this upside-down roof to prop the pieces up into a “V” shape. Let dry completely. When assembling, this will help ensure that your roof doesn’t slip down the sides of the house.
- Decorate the house with more royal icing and your desired decorations.
Calories 834 calories, CarbohydrateContent 142 grams, FatContent 26 grams, FiberContent 1 gram, ProteinContent 8 grams, SugarContent 96 grams