The Christmas season is filled with many wonderful customs and traditions for families all over the world. Many revolved around the sweet and savory smells that come from the kitchen. If you want to participate in a Christmas tradition that is as sweet as it is fun to make with your family this holiday, then gather around to make and assemble a home-made gingerbread house.
For this gingerbread house, you will be making your own homemade gingerbread. There is something special about creating something from scratch. Yes, you could simply buy a gingerbread kit from any local grocery store, but who knows how long it has sat on the shelf. By making your own gingerbread, you will know that is fresh and delicious to actually eat, rather than just look at during the Christmas holiday. For the gingerbread, you will need:
- 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoons of ginger
- 1/2 teaspoons of nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoons of cloves
- 3/4 teaspoons of salt
- 7 ounces of vegetable shortening
- 6 ounces of granulated sugar
- 2 cups of molasses
- 1 large egg
- 5 crushed jolly ranchers to make ‘stained glasses’ windows
Stiff Royal Icing Recipe
When you assemble the pieces of the gingerbread house, you are going to need something strong enough to keep the pieces together. The best thing to use is royal icing. Royal icing can be made from a few simple ingredients. You will need:
- 2 cups of sifted powdered sugar
- 2 ounces of egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Along with the gingerbread that you have cut into pieces for a house and the royal icing, you will need an assortment of candy for decorating the house. Candy that is ideal to decorate gingerbread house with includes mini candy canes, peppermints, licorice, gumdrops, etc. You will adhere the candy to the house with royal icing.
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