mercredi 23 décembre 2009

Daring baker: Ginger Bread House

The December 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to you by Anna of Very Small Anna and Y of Lemonpi. They chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ everywhere to bake and assemble a gingerbread house from scratch. They chose recipes from Good Housekeeping and from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book as the challenge recipes.

Voici ma version!!! LA crèche!!!

Bon j'Aurais eu besoin de 12 mains et de plus de 26 hrs pour réussir mais TADA!!!

Mon ptit mot..
Pas certaine que je vais recomencer encore! C'EST DE LA JOB!

1 cup butter, room temperature [226g]
1 cup brown sugar, well packed [220g]
2 tablespoons cinnamon4 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ cup boiling water
5 cups all-purpose flour [875g]

1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until blended. Add the cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix the baking soda with the boiling water and add to the dough along with the flour. Mix to make a stiff dough. If necessary add more water, a tablespoon at a time. Chill 2 hours or overnight.

2. Cut patterns for the house, making patterns for the roof, front walls, gabled walls, chimney and door out of cardboard.

3. Roll the dough out on a large, ungreased baking sheet and place the patterns on the dough. Mark off the various pieces with a knife, but leave the pieces in place.

4. [I rolled out the dough on a floured bench, roughly 1/8 inch thick (which allows for fact that the dough puffs a little when baked), cut required shapes and transferred these to the baking sheet. Any scraps I saved and rerolled at the end.]

5. Preheat the oven to 375'F (190'C). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cookie dough feels firm. After baking, again place the pattern on top of the gingerbread and trim the shapes, cutting the edges with a straight-edged knife. Leave to cool on the baking sheet.

Royal Icing:

1 large egg white3 cups (330g) powdered sugar1 teaspoon white vinegar1 teaspoon almond extract
Beat all ingredients until smooth, adding the powdered sugar gradually to get the desired consistency. Pipe on pieces and allow to dry before assembling. If you aren't using it all at once you can keep it in a small bowl, loosely covered with a damp towel for a few hours until ready to use. You may have to beat it slightly to get it an even consistency if the top sets up a bit. Piped on the house, this will set up hard over time.

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5 commentaires:

silverrock a dit...

Awww... a gingerbread manger scene, that's very cute and creative. Actually, it's the first one I've ever seen. Strange, since it is the first Christmas?! Anywho, way to go on this month's challenge and keep up the amazing bakes :)

Anna a dit...

This is very cute. Great idea!

Anzj a dit...

That's just too cute for words. So inventive. Chapeau!!

LadyKyera a dit...

Elle est vraiment belle ta crèche..... se qui est plate sais que j'aime pas la canele...pense tu que la recette sans canele serais bonne quand même

Moi, la perdue! a dit...

LAdy: elle est tellement solide elle se mange pas! ahaha!! alors elle sent juste bon!!