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Gingerbread Houses

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The Aubergine Chef, his brother, and his sister's family make gingerbread houses! Here's the bonus episode I promised my facebook fans! I had to rush a bit - it's much more difficult to record episodes with so many people around. But I had a lot of fun making the houses! Enjoy! Remember to visit www.TheAubergineChef.com to download this recipe for free, see more free how-to baking and pastry videos, and to read a blog full of helpful tips and fun anecdotes! Thank you for watching!
Ingredients
  Egg whites 5 Ounce (Pasteurized, for Royal Icing)
  Powdered sugar 29 Ounce, sifted (for Royal Icing)
  Cream of tartar 3 Gram (for Royal Icing)
  Unsalted butter 18 Ounce (room temperature)
  Brown sugar 18 Ounce
  Lemon zest 3 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 4 Tablespoon
  Molasses 16 Ounce
  Egg 12 Ounce
  All purpose flour 51 Ounce
  Baking powder 1 Ounce
  Ginger 15 Gram, ground
  Allspice 10 Gram, ground
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Royal Icing : In an electric mixing bowl, place the egg whites and onto the mixer.
2) Sift the powdered sugar with the cream of tartar to remove any lumps.
3) Add half of the dry ingredients to the egg whites and mix on low speed with a paddle attachment until well incorporated.
4) Add the remaining dry ingredients and continue to mix, scraping the sides of the bowl often. Mix for 5 to 7 minutes on medium speed, or until desired consistency.
5) Preheat the oven to 375°F.

MAKING
6) In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
7) Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, and molasses.
8) Gradually beat in the eggs.
9) Sift the flour, baking powder, and spices together; beat into creamed mixture until well combined. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
10) Roll the dough out using the flour generously to keep it from sticking. Roll the dough to about a 1/8- inch thickness. Use the gingerbread house templates and cut out two of each: side wall, end walls, and roof piece.
11) In the preheated oven, bake the gingerbread on sheet pans lined with parchment paper for 10 minutes, or until crisp. Rotate in the oven to ensure the gingerbread bakes evenly. Allow to cool completely before using.
12) Using royal icing glue the house together. Assemble the sides and ends of the house first and all the icing to dry. Then attach the roof pieces. The roof will overhang on the sides by a bit.

SERVING
13) Decorate the assembled houses with a variety of candies and decorations using royal icing as glue.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Taste: 
Sweet
Feel: 
Crispy
Method: 
Baked
Interest: 
Holiday, Kids
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Ginger

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