Introduction: The Engineer's Gingerbread House
We may not be right at Christmas, but everyone could use a little gingerbread, especially if it's homemade. Now I know that most people would be fine with your average gingerbread house, but you, not so much. You are an Engineer, I know it. And you don't want to just settle for an average gingerbread house. That's why I made this Instructable.
I loosely followed this recipe. Feel free to improvise when it comes to the amount of the different spices to put in. I know that I enjoy a variety of different flavors in my gingerbread.
The PDFs for the cutouts
You should also have all the normal baking equipment. Bowls, Whisk, Beater, Oven, etc.
Step 1: Cutouts
Download and print the PDFs. These are your blueprints for the house.
Step 2: Combine the Dry Ingredients
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then whisk them together so that they are equally spread around.
Step 3: Combine the Wet Ingrediants
Combine the butter and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Beat until smooth. Then add the egg and molasses and mix until smooth.
Step 4: Add the Wet Ingredients to the Dry Ingredients
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until it starts to solidify (not be crumbly).
Step 5: Chill
Cut the dough into two separate ovals and store them IN THE FRIDGE. This can be in two bowls, or as I did, wrapping them in cling foam.
Step 6: Roll Out
After at least 3 HOURS, take one of the parcels out, and divide it in half. Then put it in between two pieces of parchment or wax paper, and roll it out to the desired thickness. Remember that the dough can rise in the oven up to double.
Step 7: Cut Out the Pieces Using the Template
Cut out the pieces using the template. You should not run out of the dough so don't worry about that.
Step 8: Bake
Bake at 350 Fahrenheit, for anywhere about 9-11 minutes.
Step 9: Assemble
Assemble the gingerbread house with the frosting. If you would like, you can add a 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tarter to the frosting to ensure it will firm up. Take your time building the house, it might need some rest time to solidify.
Step 10: Enjoy!
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