Gingerbread House without Molasses
Hello you! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Even if you couldn't celebrate it like you normally do. I definitely had a slower Christmas than usual. We stayed in mostly. I cooked a vegetarian dinner for two, and we walked with our dog a lot. A few days before Christmas, I made a gingerbread house for the very first time. Not to eat it. But to have it as a decor centerpiece on the kitchen table.
I've never made a gingerbread house before. Assembling it was more difficult than I imagined because fitting the pieces, after they are baked and not 100% straight anymore, was challenging. I smacked royal icing on it to glue it all together, and the royal icing looks like snow. I used a gingerbread house template that I bought online. I didn't realise that it was a XXL-size mould. So I cut it into a smaller mould. I kept the rest of the gingerbread pretty basic. I'm new to decorating a gingerbread house. Hopefully next year I'll plan a little bit more time to decorate it.
Since I live in the Netherlands, and molasses is not a thing here, I searched for an online recipe that substituted the molasses. Which was very difficult to find. I ended up with making my own substitute that I've made before, which is 50% honey and 50% dark brown sugar. Once baked, the honey does not have an overpowering taste to it, and it really resembles molasses!
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction. She shares great tips and videos!
Recipe for Royal Icing
These are the last few days of this dreadful year. I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy, normal New Year! See you in 2021!