December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Its coming to that time again!!! Christmas!!! I love Christmas, all that fuzzy happiness and good cheer, makes me feel all giddy with the Christmasy atmosphere (and I dont mean just because of all the booze!)

This year will be the first time in almost 8 years that I will actually be home in Australia for the festive season, which I'm actually really excited for!! Just thought with all the travelling and stuff this year, it would be nice to actually spend some time at home with all my close family and friends :)

I've been a gingerbread making machine this past week. Never been a huge fan of gingerbread but I couldn't resist because they're so fun to make and look soo sweet and pretty!!

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Gingerbread House
Adapted from Christmas Cooking by New Woman's Weekly

4 1/2 cups (675 g) self raising flour
3 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground clove
1 tsp ground nutmeg
185 g butter, chopped
1 cup (220 g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (180 g) treacle
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Royal Icing
2 egg whites
3 cups (480 g) pure icing sugar/powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cream tartar
1 tsp lemon juice

35 cm round or square board
paper or cardboard
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1. Rub all the dry ingredients and butter until it resembles bread crumbs. Add wet ingredients and combine until it forms a dough. Refrigerate for an hr.
2. Cut out shapes for the house; Roof (Qty 2) 12cm x 19 rectangles, Sides (Qty 2) 10.5 cm x 16 cm, Front/Back (Qty 2) 16 cm x 18 cm, trim this so that it forms 11 cm high gables.
3. Preheat oven to 170oC.
4. Roll out the dough between baking paper until approx 5 mm thick. Cut out shapes.
5. Bake for 10 to 12 mins, the cookie will feel soft but firm (it hardens as it cools).
6. To make the door and windows get a sharp knife and cut out the shapes whilst the cookie is still warm.

Royal Icing
1. Sift all the powdered sugar and add the rest of the ingredients
2. Using a paddle mix the ingredients at the lowest speed for about 20 to 25 mins. Note : do not overmix or your royal icing will be very hard to pipe. The consistency should be soft but firm and elastic.

1. You need to do this at least a few hours before building your house, if possible, the day before. Pipe royal icing in an 'x' and place 2 skewers on the roof panels. This will serve as support for your structure.
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2. Pipe along the edges of the back and one of the side panels and position them together. If it doesnt stay use a prop. Do the same with the other side. Note, how I have piped along the bottom as well.
3. Once all the sides are attached, pipe along the top edge and place the roof panels on top.
4. If there is a gap between the side/front and back panels and the roof, fill it in with royal icing.
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Looks like my construction roots are still in me... hehehehe
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After the house is built (and is standing on its own, without any support), you're ready to decorate!! You can use any sweets you like, chocolate freckles, jubes, chocolate fingers, marshmallows ....

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Just a note on the recipe; its not a very strong gingerbready recipe so if you want to make it slightly spicier just add more powdered ginger! Also try swapping dark brown sugar with just brown sugar for a sweeter taste... because the royal icing and chocolate etc isnt bad enough for your teeth.

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Whilst I was Pinteresting I came across an idea on a website that was UUUUUUBBERRRRR cute!! So I decided to make my own!
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All of these make some really cute gift ideas for Xmas too!! :)

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Gingerbread with your tea?
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Mini Gingerbread house

Sad to say but, this is going to my last post of 2011 :( Its been a massive year, dunno about you guys but I will be welcoming the new year with open arms! :)

And... before I sign off, I just wanted to wish you all a....

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and a Happy New Year!! See you all in 2012!!!


  1. Awww so sweet! I've been trying to get into gingerbread baking but still haven't found a recipe I like yet, I like my gingerbread soft and not too spicy. What were these like?

    Your houses (more like village) are too cute! I love the mug idea. So clever!

    Can't wait to see you in the new year m'dear! Have a safe one xo

  2. The mug gift idea is so adorbs!! <333 Looks fabulous.

  3. Merry Christmas, Rhonda! I love the picture with the construction sign. :)

  4. Looking good Rhonda. Definitely putting all those decorating skills to the test. However, I still find it hard to believe it's not all the booze that's making you happy.

  5. @ Phuoc these are exactly what u described they're not spicy at all, the flavors are very subtle and they're not rock solid like the other biscuits you buy, think it all depends on your baking time tho but give these a go think ull really like them!

    @ Regina you too hun!! Merry christmas!! Hehe think only u and I find that construction sign funny lol

    @ Guy hahaha you make me sound like an alcoholic!!

  6. Bravo! You did an excellent job!

    Have a wonderful Holiday Season, with happiness and prosperity throughout the coming year


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