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Review by Debbie Mazo
A great way to involve your children in holiday festivities is by decorating a gingerbread house together. With the tremendous choice of ingredients, baking aids, and decorations, gingerbread enthusiasts of all ages can create imaginative gingerbread masterpieces. For all of your gingerbread baking resources, drop into the Gingerbread Lane featuring recipes, hints, and links to other gingerbread sites.
Gingerbread has been popular in Europe for centuries. In some countries, gingerbread was served as a soft, delicately spiced cake. In other regions, gingerbread was baked into a crisp, flat cookie. Today, gingerbread is the key ingredient for building elaborate gingerbread houses during the Christmas season. At Gingerbread Lane, visitors can find out how to bake, assemble, and decorate this seasonal favorite from the ground up.
Before you can make it, you need to bake it. At Gingerbread Lane, you can find a classic recipe for Gingerbread Dough featuring expert instructions for rolling your dough and cutting your pattern pieces. To hold it all together, try one of the variations for gingerbread icing like Egg White Icing and Meringue Powder Royal Icing.
When it comes to assembling a gingerbread house, a favorite task of most people is deciding how to creatively decorate the foundation. Gingerbread Lane offers dozens of suggestions from building a porch with wafer cookies to constructing fences or log files with pretzel sticks. For more ideas, take the site's advice and spark your imagination by browsing the aisles of your local grocery or candy store.
Just a beginner? Gingerbread Lane offers novices a simple pattern for a basic house design with freeform cutting doors and windows. For sheer inspiration, you can also visit the Gingerbread Showcase Pages where you can view award-winning photos of gingerbread Victorian mansions and snow-topped English cottages. If building a gingerbread house has long been part of your Christmas tradition, Gingerbread Lane still can lend a when you pull out the mixing bowls and rolling pin this yuletide season.
Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].
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