Last week, our Food pages shared some tips on making a Gingerbread House from scratch from Sinclair Community College’s associate professor of culinary arts, chef Frank Leibold.
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Construction Grade Gingerbread
3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of ground cimmamon
1 tablespoon of ground ginger
¼ cup of honey
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon warm water
• Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Sift together first three dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
• Put honey in microwave for 30 seconds, remove from microwave and add sugar. Stir and add two large eggs and water. Whip together.
• Put dry ingredients in mixer bowl and add your honey, eggs, sugar and water mixture and blend well. Put dough hook on and knead for about 5 minutes to absorb the honey.
• Roll and cut pieces as desired. Bake 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness.
You can also color your gingerbread dough before it is baked using paste color. One teaspoon of ground cloves will also add a deeper color to your gingerbread dough and can be added without changing the texture of the dough.
1-½ tablespoons powdered egg white
¼ cup warm water
Pinch of cream of tarter
2 cups (1/2 pounds) confection sugar
• Beat powdered egg whites, water and cream of tarter until combined.
• Add confection sugar and beat at medium speed until combined
• Increase speed to high and beat until icing is thick and glossy (about 5 minutes)
• Add more water if needed to thin to desired consistency.
Use immediately or store in a covered plastic container and rebeat before using.
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Anyone interested in participating in the 2014 Gingerbread Homes for the Holidays contest can be put on the mailing list by calling the Downtown Dayton Partnership at 937-224-1518 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.