Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas inspired cooking and baking Linky!

I dont know about you but I have really struggled to find the time to do my Christmas baking this year! For some reason I seem to be a lot busier than last year. But I was determined to create a Gingerbread house, so one day last week I set aside a whole day to bake and construct one, the housework could wait!

I absolutely love reading other peoples Christmas cooking and baking blog posts. So I thought I would be a great idea to start (my very first) linky! So if you have any Christmas inspired food posts I would love it if you could link them up, so that me and lots of other readers can get some festive inspiration! You can link up more than one post, it doesn't have to be a new post, as long as it is Christmas food inspired! You can find the link at the bottom of this post, I will of course make sure I share, comment and pin all the posts in the linky!

So here is my Gingerbread house recipe....

300 g butter
125 g caster sugar
125 g brown sugar
225 g golden syrup (you can use treacle)
725 g plain flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon

I mixed together the flour, ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Then put the butter, sugars and golden syrup in a pan on a medium heat and mixed occasionally until all melted.

I then poured the hot mix into the flour mix and stirred until it was dough consistency. Next I tipped the mix onto a floured surface, shaping into a disc. Covered with clingfilm and put in the fridge for around 30 minutes.

After getting out of the fridge I worked with small amounts at a time, placing on a floured surface and rolling out until approx 1/2 a cm thick.

Now, this is where it gets a bit vague, because whilst the dough was chilling I found out that my printer had run out of ink, so I did not have any template, nor (apparently) did I have a ruler! so I actually used 2 cake boards as templates and just winged it! This came back to bite me later....

This amount of mix should of made a house and a few gingerbread men with some to spare, but because of my lack of measurements, I ended up with a gingerbread mansion and no dough to spare!

I also decided to crush up some boiled sweets and use them as windows!

I put each part of the house into the oven for 12 minutes on 180 degrees.

Once out of the oven, I placed on wire racks and left to cool for a good 3 hours.

I then made some icing (to glue the house together) using 2 egg whites and some icing sugar, I mixed until I got a stiff but still spreadable consistency.

I carefully glued together the back wall and one side, then gradually added the other side and the front wall. I then left the walls to set for an hour before gluing both roof panels on. Whilst the roof panels were setting I decorated the sides of the house with sweets and icing.

Finally I finished the house off by sticking chocolate buttons as roof tiles!

Phew!!! It was a super long day but totally worth it. My gingerbread house may not be perfect, but to me its a great achievement!

So now its your turn to show off your Christmas inspired food! Please find the linky below.....

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