The Christmas Tree is up…the decorations have been strategically placed throughout the house…and the Christmas tunes are cranked.
I am so excited to be baking and building our first Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Houses with the boys.
I am unsure where my Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread recipe originates. I went through a few recipes before Michael claimed this one the winner. The baking instructions for the Gingerbread House came with the Gingerbread House mold.
Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Gingerbread Dough
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup Earth Balance
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup fancy molasses
In a large bowl, cream Earth Balance and sugar until light and fluffy.
Press Gingerbread dough into mold.
Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.
Let gingerbread cool in mold for 10 minutes.
Carefully remove the pieces to a cooling rack.
Tip 1: One ball of dough made one side of the mold. I made 2 batches of my Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Dough for two houses. I used the leftover dough to make mini and large Gingerbread Men. I poked holes at the top with a straw (before baking) to thread ribbon or string through for decorating the tree.
The third house was made using the Gingerbread Dough recipe that came with the mold. It was actually dairy and egg free already! It was very crumbly so I just pressed the dough in the mold. Not as impressed with their recipe…not as tasty and couldn’t roll out the leftover dough to make Gingerbread Men.
Tip 2: I used Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Molasses in both the recipes. Michael noticed right away that the dough was different. “The dough is darker…what did you do differently?” he questioned me. Then he tried them…”I know you did something to these cookies?” “I’ll eat them, but I like the other ones you make better.”
I didn’t think changing the molasses would make such a difference…apparantly, I was wrong. I know how much he loves and looks forward to me making these cookies each year…I should have known better than to mess with them.
For Michael’s favourite Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Cookies one must use Crosby’s Fancy Molasses.
Building the Dairy,Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread House
Constructing the Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Gingerbread Houses is a story in and of itself…let’s just say…one needs a lot of patience!
The Royal Icing recipe recommended in the instruction booklet to ‘glue’ the house together, required egg whites. For our egg free version, I mixed together 2 cups icing sugar with 7 tsp of water.
A ziplock sandwich bag with a corner snipped off was filled with the icing sugar mixture. The boys and I squeezed out the icing to ‘glue’ our houses together.
Eventually, the bag broke and icing was everywhere! Matthew and I then tried using a plastic icing bag with a metal tip. This ended up to be futile…we resorted to using our fingers to spread the icing while trying to hold the houses together.
We left them to dry before attempting to add anything else for fear of them collapsing…once again! A little more finicky than I had anticipated.
The boys found the whole enterprise quite amusing!
Note to self: Next time, make the gingerbread pieces thinner, especially the roof!
Of course everyone knows that decorating the Gingerbread Houses is the best part!
I called the boys in from playing road hockey to decorate their houses. A neighbourhood friend joined in on the fun.
All in all, we were all very pleased with the end results.
My Masterpiece… ‘a jelly bean and gummy delight!”
Michael’s Masterpiece…‘a disguised security device…middle, top chocolate chip has a hidden camera!” lol
“I can’t wait to eat it…we can eat them, right?”, exclaims Matthew upon finishing applying his last candy.
Have you a favourite allergen friendly Gingerbread recipe for Gingerbread Men? Does your family construct and decorate an allergen friendly Gingerbread House each year? What are your holiday baking traditions?