Christmas is coming!
Santa thinks they have been nice this year so he’s coming for a visit:
We light up the house to welcome him:
Our snowman is waiting with us too:
(Adapted from Savoury Days here and here)
Print the template for the gingerbread-house above on A4 paper.
420 g all-purpose flour
10 g ginger powder
3 g cinnamon powder
180 g light corn syrup
110 g light brown sugar
3 g salt
150 g butter
2-3 drops red color
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, ginger powder and cinnamon powder.
- In a sauce pan under medium heat, melt corn syrup, sugar, salt, and butter.
- Pour hot sugar mixture into the flour bowl.
- Use a spatula to mix well.
- Then use hands to knead lightly until smooth.
- Save one piece of dough, the size of a tangerine. Add a few drops of red color, knead well – this will be used for window panels and chimney.
- Divide the remaining dough into two balls.
- Cover with plastic wrap.
- Let it rest in room temperature and cool down completely, about 30 minutes – 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 320F.
- Roll dough into 2mm thick. Note: if dough becomes harder to roll, cover in plastic and microwave for a few ten seconds.
- Cut dough according to template.
- Similarly, roll and cut the red dough for window panels and chimney.
- Carefully transfer large dough pieces (roofs, walls) onto 2 lined baking trays.
- Transfer small dough pieces (window, door, chimney, stairs) onto another lined baking tray.
- Bake large pieces for 18-20 minutes.
- Bake small pieces for 12 minutes.
- When dough is still hot, apply template and re-cut if necessary.
- Let dough cool on baking trays before transferring to rack.
B. Icing sugar
2 egg whites (room temperature)
350 g confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Food color (I use red, green, and yellow)
- Place egg whites in a heat-proof bowl.
- Place bowl on a saucepan with boiling water.
- Heat until egg whites become warm (touch with your finger and feel little hot).
- Use hand mixer, beat egg white in low speed.
- Add cream of tartar.
- Slowly add sugar and beat until stiff.
- Reserve a large portion of egg white mixture.
- Divide the rest into small portions.
- Add food color to each portion.
- Place in separate piping bags.
- Use the white portion to construct the house.
- Use the color portions to decorate. Note: Decorate walls, doors, and chimney BEFORE constructing the house.
C. Fondant (enough for one snowman, one Santa Claus, and one pine tree)
115 g mini marshmallow
1/2 tbs water
225 g confectioner’s sugar
2 tbs butter or shortening to grease (optional)
Food color (I use red, green, yellow, and blue)
- Place marshmallows in a heat-proof bowl.
- Microwave about 30 seconds.
- Use a spatula to mix marshmallow until melt completely.
- Add about 3/4 of confectioner’s sugar.
- Use a spatula to mix until cool.
- Then use hand to knead, add more sugar if necessary.
- Use shortening or butter to grease hands if necessary.
- Knead until mixture is smooth and no longer sticky.
- Divide in small portions.
- Add color to each portion as desired.