Monday, December 26, 2011

Gingerbread Houses

We don't usually make gingerbread houses but Cora got it in her head a few weeks ago that we needed to make some this year.  We had some problems with the dough and so we were only able to make two houses so the girls made one house and the boys made the other.

I did not realize what an ordeal making a gingerbread house was, especially here in Hawaii.  The humidity here wreaks havoc on the dough and the frosting. We used the Nauvoo Scovill Bakery Gingerbread recipe. It was recommended by two people.  It didn't turn out well here. It was a very stiff dough and difficult to roll out AND it didn't make a very stiff cookie.  I also did not like the taste of it, not enough spice. We'll use a different recipe next time.

The frosting we used was royal frosting with egg whites. Knowing the kids were going to eat their houses I followed the directions in the Joy of Cooking cookbook for making edible Royal Frosting: whisk together 1 egg white and 2/3 cup powdered sugar, microwave on high for 30 seconds (or until the temp is 140 degrees but not over 170 degrees), whisk in another 2/3 cup powdered sugar.  The frosting worked well but hardened quickly so we had to work very fast. It only took 2 days for the humidity to loosen this cement like frosting and for candies to start falling off.

The kids didn't mind the houses falling apart because that meant that they HAD to eat it.

Afton and Cora with their delicious creation.
The boys divided their gingerbread house.  This is the side that Kirkham decorated.

And this is the side that Heath decorated. I think they were more excited about the prospect of eating the candy off of it than the actual creation of the gingerbread house.

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