Happy weekend! Are you in the middle of decking the halls? I took a short break from it today to bake something delicious – some gingerbread. If you look in many stores and in most home or kitchen catalogs during December, you are likely to find gingerbread houses or some form of gingerbread mix. I think the houses and the cookies are lovely, but I’m afraid I am not a big fan of the kind made with molasses. Today I used my mother-in-law’s recipe for her Swedish gingerbread.
It is made with spices, sour cream, and coffee. (Yes, you read that right.) It has a much lighter texture and flavor than most gingerbreads.
The batter is very thin.
I don’t know why it is called gingerbread when it is really like a cake. (And of course, I pile on the whipped cream like I do to every dessert around here!)
At this point in today’s post, I had planned to share some gingerbread creations from a number of creative talented people with you…but before I do, you have to make me a promise. You see, I plan to show you my pitiful gingerbread creations next week when I do a post on the kitchen for Christmas – and I am NOT talented when it comes to decorating anything that has been baked. So promise me you won’t laugh when you see mine next week. Okay? You promise? Alright then, here are the pretty ones.
We’ll start with these little gingerbread cupcakes.cdn.blogs.babble.com
These cookies are too beautiful to eat.
I love to use the cookies as ornaments like these here.rodale.com
Isn’t this invitation to a gingerbread party the cutest thing with it’s little gingerbread house?celebrating-christmas.com
Or how about this tiny one for a mug?notmartha.org
Two years ago, the November issue of House and Home magazine featured a big spread on Sarah Richardson. I bought it and read it cover to cover because I loved Sarah’s farmhouse, but there was more to the issue than her house. There was a feature on a home that used individual gingerbread houses to hold name cards. Look how pretty these are!
Martha Stewart has had some very pretty gingerbread houses - like this traditionally styled one.
The large but simple house on the table here is one of my favorites.marthastewart.com
But the gingerbread house that was my inspiration for my attempt at making one is this creation from Jenny Steffens (but mine is nowhere near as good as this one!)
I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of these creations…maybe they have inspired you to make a gingerbread house yourself. Don’t forget about the giveaway that was discussed in my last post. Just leave a comment and you are entered!
So my question for you today is…
Do you traditionally make anything “gingerbread-ish” during the holidays?
hoping to hear from you soon,
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