I drew few houses and cut them from dough baked and arranged in a form of group houses with a Christmas tree and ornaments on it.Made them twice in 10 days,for the 1st time I wanted to give a try and the next time I made for cookie event in our apartment Community.
I tried Y's Recipe and the ginger bread taste is very delicious.Here is Y's recipe.
For Cookie Dough:
1 cup butter, room temperature [226g]
1 cup brown sugar, well packed [220g]
2 tablespoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ cup boiling water
5 cups all-purpose flour [875g]
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until blended. Add the cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix the baking soda with the boiling water and add to the dough along with the flour. Mix to make a stiff dough. If necessary add more water, a tablespoon at a time. Chill 2 hours or overnight.
2. Cut patterns for the house, Christmas ornaments, elephants.
3. Roll the dough out on a large, ungreased baking sheet and place the patterns on the dough. Mark off the various pieces with a knife, but leave the pieces in place.
4. [I rolled out the dough on a floured bench, roughly 1/8 inch thick (which allows for fact that the dough puffs a little when baked), cut required shapes and transferred these to the baking sheet. Any scraps I saved and rerolled at the end.]
5. Preheat the oven to 375'F (190'C). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cookie dough feels firm. After baking, again place the pattern on top of the gingerbread and trim the shapes, cutting the edges with a straight-edged knife. Leave to cool on the baking sheet.
1 large egg white
3 cups (330g) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon almond extract
Beat all ingredients until smooth, adding the powdered sugar gradually to get the desired consistency. Pipe on pieces and allow to dry before assembling. If you aren't using it all at once you can keep it in a small bowl, loosely covered with a damp towel for a few hours until ready to use. You may have to beat it slightly to get it an even consistency if the top sets up a bit. Piped on the house, this will set up hard over time.
I added red color to some portion of Royal icing with which I decorated the elephants and used the rest of the white royal icing for piping the outlines of the ornaments and gluing the cut patterns to a cake board.
I enjoyed making this ginger bread.Thanks to ' Y' for her recipe and Thanks to this event which made me to do this for which I won 1st prize.This is a good starting for coming year and made 2009 really a memorable one.
Wishing U All A Merry Christmas and Enjoy your Holidays.