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Need a gingerbread recipe thats good for building

post #1 of 10
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Hi folks! Thanks for taking the time to read this. I was asked to enter a gingerbread contest for charity and I'm having trouble getting the mix not to rise too much and I'm just not happy with it at all! Any one have a really solid, flat recipe thats good for gingerbread "houses" (mines not really going to be a house) I'm affraid i've never made a single gingerbread house in my life! so I need your help Cake Central people!!!
THanks
Mike Elder
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post #2 of 10
Hey Mike! Sounds like a fun project. Here are a couple of things you might want to look into: This thread has been going for a year --lots of great hints in it.

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-604431.html

I use two different recipes and both are successful for gingerbread that does not rise too high, the one I'm posting is a very good recipe. I think because you are using this for display, you could sub out the butter/margarine for shortening only which is what I often do when the piece is for show/competition.

Have fun!

*6 3/4 cups all purpose flour, *1 tablespoon cinnamon, *1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, *1/2 teaspoon salt, *1 1/2 cups light corn syrup, * 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar (I use light brown although dark can be used as well keeping in mind that the dark brown sugar contains more molasses.) *1 stick Imperial Margarine® (it's my favorite when baking with margarine,) *1 stick butter (cut these into pieces for quicker melting.)

NOTE: I have found that using a combo of margarine and butter is ideal. If one uses two sticks of either, it changes the overall texture of the dough. Two of butter, and the dough is soooo crisp that it wants to break. Two sticks of margarine, the dough is soft and takes days to harden after baking.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. In a saucepan, combine the corn syrup, sugar and butter/margarine combo. Cook on medium heat until butter/margarine combo is melted (margarine will melt first so wait until the butter has melted as well.) Pour wet into dry and mix well. Chill dough one hour (or more --I typically chill overnight.) Roll out dough and cut templates. I roll it to about 1/4" thick. It can; however, be rolled a little thinner. I roll quite thin for details such as window frames, etc. --just watch them closer when baking. As well, I roll them on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper so that I do not have to lift the pieces which I think causes a certain amount of distortion and a risk for "crooked walls." I put the cookie sheets into the freezer for about 10 minutes so the gingerbread dough gets chilled one more time. As well, before they go into the oven, I use a pastry brush to lightly coat them with water. This helps them bake flat. Remove the cookie sheet from the freezer and bake pieces at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes (less or more depending on thickness --but usually no more than 18 minutes.)* After they are removed from the oven, allow them to cool on their parchment on a flat surface.
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post #3 of 10
You should check out this thread. There are a ton of tips and some recipes you could try:

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-604431.html

http://letsgetcaking.blogspot.com/

 

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All this cake, and I've gained too much weight. LOL! I am now....The Cake Runner!

 

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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Yeah I coudon't care what it taste like as no one will ever eat them, I'm building a Bi-plane out of it and need it to be strong!!! LOL
I'll check out the threads and see what i can do! I'll post pics eventually (asuming i can get it friggen made!!!!! LOL)
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post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
tried the recipe that Win sent and it's working great. Going to make a six batch today. Thanks again!!
Mike
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mike_Elder

tried the recipe that Win sent and it's working great. Going to make a six batch today. Thanks again!!
Mike



Thanks Mike! Did you sub the butter/margarine for shortening? Just curious... I'm so glad you find it to be what you need for your project.
1 Chronicles 23:29
They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the flour for the grain offerings, the unleavened wafers, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.
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1 Chronicles 23:29
They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the flour for the grain offerings, the unleavened wafers, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.
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post #7 of 10
Thanks for the recipe Win. I want to try a new one. The one I use spreads way too much.
Sally

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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by fat-sissy

Thanks for the recipe Win. I want to try a new one. The one I use spreads way too much.



Sally! Be sure to let us see a picture! icon_biggrin.gif
Mike's turned out incredibly beautiful/whimsical/charming-beyond-belief!
1 Chronicles 23:29
They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the flour for the grain offerings, the unleavened wafers, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.
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1 Chronicles 23:29
They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the flour for the grain offerings, the unleavened wafers, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.
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post #9 of 10
Okey-dokey, but mine won't be awesome! I make houses houses for my kids and let them decorate them! It's a tradition, we do it every year.
Sally

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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by fat-sissy

Okey-dokey, but mine won't be awesome! I make houses houses for my kids and let them decorate them! It's a tradition, we do it every year.




Wrong! BECAUSE the kids did it will make it awesome!

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1 Chronicles 23:29
They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the flour for the grain offerings, the unleavened wafers, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.
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They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the flour for the grain offerings, the unleavened wafers, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.
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