their original idea. But next year I plan to try this again using a chocolate cake. I'll let you know how it goes.
In the meantime - melting peppermints is a breeze.
Heat oven to 300 F.
Line a pan with parchment paper and mark out 1.5 - 1.75 in squares on the back side (you don't really need to do this and if your peppermints seem bigger go farther apart, smaller go closer together. Since mine didn't melt perfectly together I swirled them with a toothpick.)
When them come out score with a pizza cutter along your lines. Once cool they'll break right apart.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I got the twine from Amazon - should last awhile...! Other places like Divine Twine sell it in other colors.
Friday, December 17, 2010
I gotta say - this came in really handy today! I saw it on my friend, Ashley's, blog awhile back and it stuck in my head soo when I misplaced my cell phone today (with it on vibrate!) this came to my rescue!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Last year I was fed up with trying to get the shape just right so that it would hold together - when it bakes it inevitably spreads! - and purchased this gingerbread house mold.
This works great although a little time consuming. One side creates a brick house (see below) and the other creates a log one (see bottom). I bake the dough directly in the pan, lightly greased, to maintain shape. No question of bad fits and pretty easy. This is actually my brother and sister-in-laws' house. (Mine is at the bottom.) They tend to take a lot of time decorating theirs...Here's the recipe I used this year. I added 1 tsp cinnamon, some cloves and nutmeg and used a little less flour. It wasn't great tasting but I wanted to do a recipe with shortening rather than butter because most people tend to eat the candy, if anything, and not the house. Why waste the butter!?
This year I tried out a Fluffy Meringue Icing from the Wilton recipe that's included in the can. This worked great! It doesn't dry rock hard like royal icing, has a great sheen and is pure white. Just a tad sticky to work with! (Make sure to keep plastic wrap over the bowl while you're going along.)
Friday, December 3, 2010
Style Me Pretty