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Gingerbread House

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Chef John Gallagher from The Restaurant School makes a Gingerbread house. Chef Gallagher is working in the Miele showroom in Princeton New Jersey for Philadelphia Magazines Guide to Holiday Entertaining.
  Icing 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Royal, For Decorating)
  Granulated sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Shortening 1 2⁄3 Cup (26.67 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Water 1 1⁄4 Tablespoon
  Baking soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Molasses 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Bread flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Cake flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Ginger 3⁄4 Teaspoon
Royal icing
  Egg whites 3 Large
  Powdered sugar 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Cream of tartar 1⁄2 Teaspoon

Beat the shortening, sugar and the salt in a standing mixer with a paddle attachment till light and fluffy, approx. 7 minutes. Slowly add the water while the machine is running on low speed. Be careful not to splash. Sift together the baking soda, flours and ginger.

Stir the molasses into the mix on low speed and then follow with the dry ingredients. Stir till blended. Do not over mix. Remove from the mixer and refrigerate till firm. The dough can then be rolled on a lightly dusted table with a rolling pin and cut into any desirable shapes. Place the cut cookies onto flat sheet pans lined with parchment or silicone mats. Bake at 375° until done. To test the gingerbreads doneness gently press the cookie with a fingertip. The dough should spring bake like a sponge cake and not leave an indentation of your finger. Allow the cookies to cool and then decorate.

Royale Icing
Sift together the powdered sugar and the cream of tartar. In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment beat the egg whites with the powdered sugar mix for 10 minutes on medium speed. The mix should be stiff when finished. As soon as the icing is finished mixing, scrape any icing off the paddle into the bowl. Scrape the icing down and smooth it flat with a spatula. Stick plastic wrap right on the surface of the icing, otherwise the icing will develop a skin in about 1 minute. When using the icing- keep it covered. Do not refrigerate.

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Recipe Summary

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Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ginger, Milk Product
Watch this incredible video where the chef makes an outstanding gingerbread house. The video provides great tips to make an excellent gingerbread dough using ginger and molasses to impart a wonderful color and flavor. Make these holidays special by involving your kids in making and decorating a spectacular gingerbread house and rejoice!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 9378 Calories from Fat 3233

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 366 g562.5%

Saturated Fat 88.8 g444.2%

Trans Fat 48.6 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 2069.3 mg86.2%

Total Carbohydrates 1446 g482.1%

Dietary Fiber 53.7 g214.9%

Sugars 790.4 g

Protein 107 g214.8%

Vitamin A 0.1% Vitamin C 0.31%

Calcium 105.8% Iron 105.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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