By Matthew Brooks
Store-bought gingerbread houses fill a need.
But maybe you have more needs. You don’t want to build a house. You want to build something different.
Do you want to make a gingerbread house that looks like your house? Do you want a time-traveling phone box? Or perhaps, you don’t want to construct anything; you just want to fresh gingerbread.
For this recipe, you will need unsalted butter, dark brown sugar, golden syrup, white flour, baking soda, and ginger.
Cloves add a nice flavor, but it takes very little to add a strong presence.
3 1/3 sticks of butter
1 1/2 dark brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup
7 1/3 cups of plain flour
1 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp ground ginger
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
In a bowl, add flour, baking soda, and the ground ginger.
Sieving the flour will prevent balls of flour that can lead to pockets of air.
Make hills in this bowl of dry ingredients.
In a pan, melt the butter, sugar, and syrup.
Pour in the wet mixture into hills of the dry ingredients.
Stir it all together.
When it has cooled enough to work with, knead until its stiff.
Roll out the pieces onto a parchment paper or another baking paper.
Cut into desired shapes with a knife and a ruler.
Bake for 5 to 8 minutes.
While it’s baking, you can make the royal icing.
For the icing, you will need powdered sugar, egg whites, and lemon juice.
4 egg whites
8 cups of powdered sugar
4 tsp of lemon juice
Whisk the egg whites until it is frothy.
Mix in lemon juice slowly.
Mix in powdered sugar slowly.
Cover the icing when not in use. It will harden quickly.