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Gingerbread houses
The gingerbread architect : recipes and blueprints for twelve classic American homes
Susan Matheson and Lauren Chattman ; photographs by Alexandra Grablewski.
New York : Clarkson Potter Publishers, c2008.
Includes index.
     
Gingerbread : houses, animals and decorations
Joanna Farrow.
London : Lorenz, 2006.
Explore the delicious versatility of gingerbread in 24 delightful projects. How to make delectable cottages, castles, a christmas tree, a noah's ark, a rocking horse, festive decorations and classic cookies, all shown step by step in 150 colour photograph
     
Making great gingerbread houses : delicious designs from cabins to castles, from lighthouses to tree houses
Aaron Morgan, Paige Gilchrist.
New York : Lark, 2002.
What's One Part Baking, One Part Building, and All Parts Holiday Fun? Making gingerbread houses, of course! This book is all you need -- whether you're a beginner or an expert. Professional gingerbread maker Aaron Morgan walks you step-by-step through the process of building a basic gingerbread house, using how-to photos and easy-to-follow instructions. Then you'll feast your eyes on more than 40 award-winning creations, with recipes, techniques, and templates to get you ready for gingerbread building and decorating. Book jacket.
     
Gingerbread houses : baking & building memories
Nonnie Cargas.
Iola, Wis. : Krause Publications, c1999.
An all-in-one resource for bakers who are looking for new techniques and ideas. Readers will learn the basics on how to construct and decorate any of the 13 delightful, original patterns. Includes a complete resource guide and a gallery of gingerbread houses.
     
Making great gingerbread houses : from cabins to castles, from lighthouses to tree houses
by Aaron Morgan and Paige Gilchrist.
Asheville, N.C. : Lark Books, c1999.
A new look at a classic ... a book that will inspire readers to create new holiday traditions.
     

How can you build the house of your dreams without having a degree in architecture? Use gingerbread! Gingerbread can be a crisp cookie that can be made into shapes like a house.

There are three basic steps in the process of creating a gingerbread house. Finding a pattern, baking the pieces and assembling and decorating your fantasy house.

When you find a pattern or draw one up yourself, cut it out using lightweight cardboard such as a file folder. You can save the pattern in an airtight plastic bag that will keep for future houses.

Roll out the dough on a flat cookie sheet. Then use a pizza cutter to cut out the pieces from the pattern. Remove the scraps and do not move the pieces until they are baked.

Royal icing will keep your gingerbread house together. It dries hard and can help keep the decorations cemented on. Make your own pastry bag by using a plastic baggie with the corner cutout.

Properly sealed and protected it is actually possible to preserve a gingerbread house.

Preservation tips

Decorating your gingerbread house is simply a matter of one's taste and what is available. Doors can be pretzel sticks glued together. Windows can be cut with a small cookie cutter before baking. Roofs can be shingled with thin candy wafers or thatched with mini shredded wheat cereal.

The yard can be filled with marshmallow snowmen and ice cream cone trees all surrounded by a pretzel fence.

Gingerbread houses can be built anytime of the year. They bring cheer to those who view them.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff