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Meli
11-26-2011, 06:52 PM
I want to make a ginger bread house for Christmas :)
The trouble is, all the recipes I can find for the gingerbread bit are a sort of hard dry biscuit or a treacly cake type thats too soft.

I like my gingerbread some where in between, softish, a little chewy and slightly sticky on the outside.

anyone got a recipe?

Mrleft8
11-26-2011, 08:06 PM
Generally speaking, the ginger bread houses are made from a dough that's high in salt and starch, so it stays put. They really aren't meant to be eaten.

That said, I make sinfully good ginger bread cookies, which might work OK if you cut out the parts, let them dry out a bit, cook them, then mortar them together with some sort of sugar frosting glue....
I'll see if I can dig up the recipe.... It's in one of Carter's recipe file card boxes.....

Meli
11-26-2011, 08:14 PM
Thanks, I can always test the product before assembly :D

Phillip Allen
11-26-2011, 08:17 PM
I have a good recipe for what we call molassas cookies... much like gingerbread...soft with sugar on top . rolled out and cut into shapes

Meli
11-26-2011, 09:04 PM
Ok Sounds good..

Meli
11-26-2011, 09:05 PM
I wonder if it's possible to make a brandy snap house? that would be novel

Durnik
11-26-2011, 11:29 PM
I wonder if it's possible to make a brandy snap house?

I like to cook with wine.. sometimes I even put it in the dish.

molasses cookies are de bomb! maybe add a little ginger..

enjoy
bobby

Larks
11-27-2011, 05:52 AM
Generally speaking, the ginger bread houses are made from a dough that's high in salt and starch, so it stays put. They really aren't meant to be eaten.

That said, I make sinfully good ginger bread cookies, which might work OK if you cut out the parts, let them dry out a bit, cook them, then mortar them together with some sort of sugar frosting glue....
I'll see if I can dig up the recipe.... It's in one of Carter's recipe file card boxes.....

Waiting..........????

Phillip Allen
11-27-2011, 06:03 AM
Ok Sounds good..

sorry... I should have pointed out that I would have to get it back from my daughter today... I'll call her later (when she wakes up)

skuthorp
11-27-2011, 06:05 AM
We made them years ago when our friends kids were little, edible, built around a small cardboard box. Anne might still have the recipe. Tomorrow, she's asleep. We were making 6 or 7, a long job I remember with the decorations etc. A brandy snap roof is a good idea.

Phillip Allen
11-27-2011, 06:08 AM
We made them years ago when our friends kids were little, edible, built around a small cardboard box. Anne might still have the recipe. Tomorrow, she's asleep. We were making 6 or 7, a long job I remember with the decorations etc. A brandy snap roof is a good idea.

can you describe what a brandy snap is?

Meli
11-27-2011, 06:24 AM
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Cuisine type: Traditional (http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/recipes/traditional)
Cooking time: Less than 60 minutes
Course: Dessert (http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/recipes/dessert)
You can make these in minutes from simple, economical ingredients — and the result is superb! Make them for dessert, or for sweet at-any-time eating. The recipe makes about eight depending on size.
INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons golden syrup
90g butter
1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
75g ( cup) plain flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
pinch salt

METHOD

1. Place syrup, butter and brown sugar into saucepan, stir over low heat until butter has melted; remove from heat.
Add sifted flour, ginger and salt, mix together well.
2. If you want small brandy snaps, drop teaspoonfuls of mixture on to lightly greased oven tray; for larger brandy snaps, make it heaped teaspoonfuls. Three brandy snaps will fit comfortably on to one tray; allow room for spreading. For easy handling, bake only three at a time.
3. Bake at 180C for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, allow to cool on trays 1 minute. With knife, lift brandy snap from tray.
4. Roll immediately around the handle of a wooden spoon. Allow to firm and cool on spoon handle.
5. Spoon or pipe whipped hollow at each end of brandy snap.


Unbelievably crunchy biscuit thing, almost a buttercotch toffee ......divine :D

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skuthorp
11-27-2011, 06:26 AM
Here's a pic and explanation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandy_snaps
And here's a recipe
http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/Brandy-Snaps-L395.html
I've never made them myself, but filled with marscapone cream they do your cholesterol no good at all:D

Phillip Allen
11-27-2011, 07:02 AM
Here's a pic and explanation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandy_snaps
And here's a recipe
http://www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/Brandy-Snaps-L395.html
I've never made them myself, but filled with marscapone cream they do your cholesterol no good at all:D
thanks... maybe I'll try to make some

Paul Pless
11-27-2011, 07:09 AM
Ya know Meli, if you were leave the bilge. ;)

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John Smith
11-27-2011, 07:41 AM
I don't know how close any of you are to Lahaska Pa, but Peddler's Village has an annual ginger bread house contest and the entries are all on display about now in their gazebo.

Phillip Allen
11-27-2011, 07:45 AM
I don't know how close any of you are to Lahaska Pa, but Peddler's Village has an annual ginger bread house contest and the entries are all on display about now in their gazebo.

I've heard about such things... sounds fun

John Smith
11-27-2011, 07:52 AM
I've heard about such things... sounds fun

Some of the entries would blow your mind. One year an entry was a marvelous model of Graceland, Elvis' home. I probably have some photos somewhere. First chance Ill go looking and post a couple if I find them.

John Smith
11-27-2011, 08:12 AM
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Eddiebou
11-27-2011, 08:24 AM
When my sister and I were children, my mother would make a gingerbread house every year about this time. Of course, we would "help". As I recall, she had paper patterns for the shapes of the walls, gable ends, the roof panels, the chimney. The windows were cut outs. The peices were stuck together with a hot sugary "glue". There was plenty to eat while it was being made and decorated, but it was too pretty to eat right away. It was the centerpiece on the dining room table for a while. By the time we ate it, it was so stale and hard, only a determined sugar-junkie kid like me would eat it.