Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gingerbread house party

In the lead up to Christmas, I thought I would share a fun activity that  we've done previously.
We got together with the Aussie Half Dozen and the G family early in the school holidays to make some yummy treats.

This time we decided to concentrate on the assembly.  We prepared the gingerbread pieces ahead of time (the kids making gingerbread was not quite so much fun) and the two families brought the sweet shop along with them.  If only I could count!
I used the gingerbread recipe from this Christmas lesson. It makes quite a hard gingerbread but I liked the taste. Our Sunday school did an Edible Christmas lesson this year and it was lots of fun.  What I like about this gingerbread is that it doesn't use that much butter/margarine and it was simple.  Something to consider when making several batches.  The recipe makes 2 mini gingerbread houses or whatever shape you decide to make with it.

Gingerbread Recipe
This mixture can be made the day before it is needed and can be kept in the fridge for weeks. The dough is easier to work with if you let it rest.
Melt together 2 tablespoons margarine with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 4 tablespoons golden syrup in a microwave.
In a large bowl put 2 cups plain flour, 1 teaspoon bicarb soda, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon mixed spice.  Add melted mixture and 2 tablespoons milk and stir until combined.  Put in the fridge until needed.  Then roll out on floured board, cut out shapes about 1/2 cm thick and bake for 12-15 minutes in a moderate oven. 

The results?  All the kids were justifiably proud of their creations.
clean and simple design by Box Boy

Jelly bean door, lamp, wreath and path by Lego Lad

Possum's designer eye with the holly
Snow men, palm trees, wreaths and lots of icing!

We just might have to do it again this Christmas!  

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