Good Evening my dears..
Hope all is well with you in your part of the world..
I am posting the recipe and how to for the Gingerbread Boys and cake that we shared at Keepers of the Home on Saturday..
I had a bit of the gingerbread left over so have been busy making them up for the craft show ..
Chickens, reindeer and such..
So here is the recipe....
GINGERBREAD BOYS RECIPE
1 cup shortening or margarine
1 cup white sugar
1 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
5 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt ... heaping for crafts
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. ginger... heaping for crafts..
1/2 tsp. nutmeg.. heaping for crafts
1/2 tsp. allspice... heaping for crafts..
Cream shorting and sugar. Blend in the rest of ingredients..
Chill 2 hours and then roll out..
Bake in 375 degrees F. oven for 15 minutes..
I used cloves and cinnamon and heaped the teaspoons full as I wanted them to smell good..
Not taste good.. smile.
I also heaped the salt to help them stick together..
Roll them a bit thicker then you would for an edible cookie.
Use a gingerbread cookie cutter and press out and place on a cookie sheet..
Put your currents, cloves, allspice or peppercorns on for eyes or whatever..
You can use a tiny wee cookie cutter to leave imprint if you like..
Use a straw to place holes where you would like to put your string.. Then bake until well done ..
We found 15 minutes a good time..
Bring them out and cool...
I use a coffee can full of candles and placed this in an old pot with about 1/3 full of water to melt your wax..
If you don't want to use your stove then we used an electric fry pan with a bit of water in it to keep the wax hot after it had melted..
You can buy smelly squares at Walmart and they give a lovely scent to your wax.. (picture above)
Dip one at a time and use a wire to pull it back out and place on waxed paper to dry..
You can tie a little homespun tie on them..
Then string them together as garlands or separate as ornaments..
I wanted to tell you that I had made these years ago for myself and they kept for at least 3 years..
Just tuck them into some tissue and store in a plastic box..
I'm sorry I don't have a garland picture yet..
Perhaps tomorrow when I get my stuff put together..
Today I just worked on making stuff and tomorrow I hope to start packaging and putting it together..
Hopefully, I will do a little post to advertise the fair..
Here is the link also for the SOUP HERB BAGS that we shared the recipe on Saturday, too..
And finally, the recipe for...
Carmen's Chocolate Cake..
100 ml water
100 grams white sugar
30 grams cocoa
Place in a small pot and heat just until sugar is melted..
2 T. grated walnuts
1 tsp. cardamon powder
Blend well and then 1 yolk at a time and mix well each time add 3 eggs...
Whisk together the whites until frothy and fold in carefully..
Pour into a round cake tin and bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 minutes..
Keep the cake in the oven and leave the door ajar for 10 more minutes..
It was a delicious cake..
So light and fluffy..
Thanks for dropping by and your lovely comments and emails.. I so enjoy them all..
Let me know how you make out and if you have any questions please just ask and I will try to reply to your comment on the posting.. xo
I hope you all have a great evening and may God bless...