11.29.17

Home is where the superfoods are. We’re all for the tradition of building a classic gingerbread house over the holidays, but there’s something extra sweet about one built with nature’s candy instead!

Every year we return to this beautiful DIY from this classic TCM story, and we thought we’d bring it to the top of your feed while this year’s festivities get into full swing.

Like decorating a tree, wrapping presents, and feasting with fam and friends, building a gingerbread house is an analog holiday activity that’s majorly joy and nostalgia-boosting. Build your base with the cleaned up cookie recipe below, then get to styling with this laundry list of edible decor inspo. What would you use?

Dried cranberries
Dried raspberries
Pecans
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Pretzel sticks
Banana chips
Coconut flakes
Dried strawberry fruit strips
Popcorn
Meringues
Fresh thyme

How To Make A Healthy Gingerbread House

To make the dough

Ingredients:
6 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
3 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 1/2 cups organic butter
1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
3 large free-range eggs
3/4 cup robust, dark molasses

Directions:
Sift all dry ingredients except for sugar in a medium sized bowl (flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cardamom). Using electric mixer, beat shortening in large bowl until fluffy. Add sugar and beat into mix thoroughly, then add in eggs one at a time. Add molasses and continue to beat at high speed until well blended. Add dry ingredients in small amounts, turning mixer down to lower speed. Divide dough into six equal pieces, flatten each piece into a rectangle and wrap in parchment paper. Chill until firm enough to roll, a minimum four hours. Can be made a day in advance.
Making the templates: Using a piece of cardboard and a ruler, cut out panels for your house. This dough can make enough for a house 9″ tall at peak of the roof, 8″ in length and 5″ wide, but this part of the design is up to you. A little extra dough is a good thing and can be used for making other decorations, such as trees or roof tiles for your house. For a simple house, make sure that you have two matching panels for your roof, two matching panels for the side walls and two matching panels for the front and back, cutting optional doors and windows.
Rolling out the dough: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, with the rack in the center. Take your dough out of the refrigerator and place in between two fresh sheets of parchment paper, making sure the templates are smaller than the parchment. Roll out dough to about 1/4″, making sure the parchment is not causing any wrinkles in the dough. Place your first template over the top sheet of parchment paper and, using a sharp knife, cut out. Peel off top layer of parchment and carefully slide dough onto flat cookie tray. Bake for about 12 minutes. Dough should just be browning on the edges and firm to touch in the center. Remove from oven and let cool on drying rack. Repeat process for all sides of the house, making sure not to place dough onto hot cookie sheets. Sheets can be cooled by running under cold water. Dough needs to be completely cool before constructing the house.

To Make the sugar "glue"

Ingredients:
2 C coconut sugar
1/2 C water

Directions:
Combine 2 cups of sugar with 1/2 C water in a sauce pan. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved – this will thicken as it cools. Use this to connect the walls of the house by either dipping the edges of the gingerbread pieces or using a brush. Be careful not to burn your fingers with this, as it can be very hot! When assembling the house, don’t worry too much if the pieces don’t fit together perfectly – the royal icing can be used to fill in gaps.

To Make Royal Icing:

Ingredients:
4 large free-range eggs
7 cups coconut confectioners sugar

Directions:
Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in medium bowl until foamy, about one minute. Adding 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar during this period, then add remaining cups sugar in small increments, mixing until well blended. Beat icing at high speed until thick and stiff, about 5 minutes. Spoon into pastry bag or large Ziplock freezer bag.


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  1. Can I substitute polyunsaturated fat for the organic butter in the recipe for Holiday Gingerbread House



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