Our Gingerbread Homestead. As promised!12:05 PM
I felt inspired this year via my friends over at SimpleBites to create a Gingerbread house. With the help of our 2 kids... and without using any dairy or corn ingredients. And, it was a smashing success! ... if a bit messy. I have to admit that royal icing is NOT my preferred medium to work with. LOL.
Also, it's time for a (small) confession. Most of the baking that takes place in our house is done by my amazing Hubby. He's especially good at making cakes, breads, quickbreads... just about anything you could possibly dream up. As I type this, he's making his annual booze-filled fruit cake from scratch.... which I will put up here sometime in the very near future...
But, I digress!
We made our Corn-Free, Dairy-Free Gingerbread Homestead this morning and here's how we did it:
First I ordered the candy a few weeks ago from here: http://www.naturalcandystore.com
I was so pleased by the selection and here's what we decided to decorate with:
Then, it was Hubby's turn to get to work making the dough using a recipe modified from Foodnetwork.com:
1/4 cup light molasses
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
Preheat your oven to 375f.
Then, roll out your dough and cut out your shapes:
** umm... we didn't have a pastry bag with tips... we just spread it on with knives HAHAHA**