Savour the Christmas Season - Gingerbread houses

We are savouring the Christmas Season by making our very own gingerbread houses. We had a blast making these, you'll see why! The end result is a killer!

I had ginger bread cookie cutters to begin with so I can't help with the design, but I can share the recipe which I altered for my "Finnish" taste buds. The mollases we get here (in Canada) isn't anything like we get back in Finland, so I had to make a few changes. I think it worked out well and tastes like the real deal. Almost.

  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 250g butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp ground cloves
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 2tsp ginger
  • 1T lemon juice/ 1tsp pomersanssin kuorta
  • 3-4 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda

  •  In a sauce pan bring butter, molasses, syrup amd spices to the boil, remove and let cool completely. Mix in eggs, flour and baking soda. Cover and let it harden over night in the fridge.

  • Take small sections and roll them out flat with a little flour. If you find the dough too hard, warm it up in the micro 30seconds at a time

  •  Cut out the parts for the house and place them carefully on a parchment sheet covered baking tin. Bake at 400F for 6-8minutes. Melt sugar in a sauce pan and use as "glue" by dipping the pieces in to assemble them. The melted sugar hardens fast, so be quick. Be careful you don't burn your fingers with the melted sugar, it hurts!

  •  Let the kids decorate, have a go yourself. Be creative, use colours, texture...
 We gave it our best, we really did. We ended up doing three houses that were just as pretty. Ha ha!

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