Gingerbread House Blueprint – Chapel

Gingerbread House Blueprint - Chapel

You can make a simple country church or a grand cathedral. This Gingerbread House pattern can be embellished as you wish.

Gingerbread House Blueprint - Chapel

Stained glass windows will set this chapel in a special way.

Country Chapel Gingerbread House Blueprint

Piece the main part of the church together. Place the smaller stair piece on top of the larger one to create a short stairway, and position the entryway at the top of the stairs.

Use licorice, icing, or candy canes cut to size to make the cross. Don’t forget an ice-cream-cone steeple!

Coffee Walnut Torte – Christmas Cake Recipes

Coffee Walnut Torte - Christmas Cake Recipes

Coffee Walnut Torte – A Winter Soul Warmer

Coffee has forever been the favorite companion for winter evenings. Add festive walnuts to come up with this ideal combination for Winter festivities. And if you are planning a party in the evening such as a Caroling party, this coffee walnut torte recipe is the perfect dessert to serve to keep away the chills.

Coffee Walnut Torte - Christmas Cake Recipes

Ingredients for the Cake:

• 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
• 2 tablespoons hot milk
• 175g selfraising flour
• 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
• 175g caster sugar
• 175g softened butter
• 3 large eggs
• 75g walnut halves

Ingredients for the syrup:

• 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder
• 50g demerara sugar
• 55ml boiling water

Ingredients for the Coffee Whipped Cream Icing

• 1 cup chilled heavy cream
• 1 tablespoon instant espresso
• 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Coffee Walnut Torte - Christmas Cake RecipesMaking the Coffee Walnut Sponge Cake Layers

1. Dissolve instant coffee into 2 tablespoons hot milk. Let stand.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 °F/ 180 °C/ Gas Mark 4 and toast the walnuts in the pre-heated oven for 5-7 minutes. Reserve 8-10 halves for the icing and finely chop the rest.

3. Mix together flour and baking powder and sieve them together.

4. Beat butter. Add eggs and beat till soft. Add the milk-coffee mixture and mix well.

5. Add sugar and beat till mixed well.

6. Add the sieved mixture of dry ingredients and beat till mixed well. If the dough is too stiff, add water or milk.

7. Finally, fold in the chopped walnuts.

8. Grease, flour and line with parchment paper, 2 9″ x 1-1/2″ round cake pans and distribute the prepared cake batter evenly among them.

9. Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes or till done. Prick all over, pour syrup (recipe follows) and let stand on a rack till cool after which you can remove the base parchment paper. While the cakes are done and cool down completely, prepare the icing.

Making the Syrup:

1. Dissolve coffee and sugar into boiling water to make the syrup.

2. Spoon over sponge cake layers.

Making the Coffee Whipped Cream Icing:

1. Stir together 3 tablespoons of cold heavy cream and the instant coffee until coffee is dissolved.

2. Mix together the remaining cream and confectioner’s sugar and beat until cream forms stiff peaks.

3. Add to this the coffee-cream mixture and beat well.

4. Spread half of the icing over the first cake place the other cake carefully on top and spread the other half on top.

5. Garnish with the reserved toasted walnut halves.

Optional

* Drizzle melted chocolate chips over the top and sides with a spoon or from a plastic bag cone. This, although optional, will give this luscious dessert that tempting look that a Christmas dessert almost always has.

* Adding a pinch or a spoonful of ground cinnamon to the batter is also a wonderful option for cinnamon lovers.

Microwave Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Microwave Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Our Microwave Gingerbread cake with lemon sauce finishes dinner with a flourish, but takes less than a half hour to prepare in the microwave.

Microwave Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. powdered ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour

Preparation:

Combine molasses, water, butter and sugar, ginger and soda. Microwave on high for two to three minutes. Stirring by hand, add flour, half cup at a time.

Pour batter into a Bundt pan. Microwave for five to seven minutes on high. Let cake sit for five minutes. Serve with a drizzle of lemon sauce. Garnish with whipped cream and lemon zest if desired.

Lemon Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 egg
3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs. lemon zest
whipped cream and lemon peel (optional)

Preparation:

Microwave sugar, butter and water on high for two to three minutes. Add a little of the mixture to a beaten egg, stirring well.

Return mixture with egg to the main mixture after it has cooled a little. This will prevent the egg from curdling. Add lemon juice and zest to mixture and microwave for two to three minutes on high.

Creamy Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

Creamy Sweet Potato Pudding - Christmas Dessert Recipe

Give the traditional Sweet Potato pudding a twist by cooking and serving it differently this Christmas.

Creamy Sweet Potato Pudding - Christmas Dessert Recipe

For this recipe, sweet potatoes are first cooked, mashed, then baked and again mashed before finally serving. Baking the already cooked potatoes gives the pudding its warm taste and also helps infuse the aroma of cinnamon in it.

Ingredients:

• 3 pounds sweet potato (white or yellow)
• 12 ounces sweetened condensed milk + some more for drizzling
• 1/2 cup butter – melted
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

1. Cook sweet potatoes by boiling them. Allow to cool completely and then peel off the skin.

2. Add condensed milk, butter and cinnamon and mix well.

3. Bake this mixture for 15 minutes till the pudding is slightly golden.

4. Remove from oven. Let cool slightly and mash the pudding again with the back of a spoon.

5. To serve, spoon pudding into a bowl and press down slightly to flatten.

6. Reserve some pudding and place it is a pastry bag fitted with a star or any other decorative nozzle. Pipe out florets onto the flattened top of the pudding.

7. Finally, drizzle some more condensed milk over the pudding.

Tip: When baking, ensure that you do not bake it too much so that the pudding sets and loses its creamy texture.

This article first appeared in the ‘Celebrating Christmas PDF Magazine‘ which is a FREE magazine that you can download and even print out.

Victorian Gingerbread House

Victorian Gingerbread House

Decorate a Gorgeous, Victorian Gingerbread House this Christmas with our foolproof blueprint and step by step decorating ideas.

Tammy Graf from Encino, CA constructed this Victorian style Gingerbread House using our blueprint for Victorian Gingerbread House and shared her decorating ideas with fellow Christmas Baking enthusiasts.

Victorian Gingerbread House
Victorian Gingerbread House – baked from scratch and decorated by Tammy Graf

Tammy modified our Victorian Gingerbread House pattern by adding a Chimney (download plan separately).

Patience is the key to a beautiful, large Gingerbread House, says Tammy. She took her time creating this lovely house by first making the gingerbread and letting it cool overnight. She then, built the house, let it sit overnight, decorated one side, let it sit overnight, etc.

Decorating Details

Here is what you will need to decorate your Victorian Gingerbread House.

Victorian Gingerbread House - Front View
Full Front View showing the Decoration Details

Chimney: Chocolate Covered Raisins
Roof: Nickle wafers
Windows: Yellow and Brown Icing
Side walk: Peppermint patties and shoestring licorice
Fence:  2 tone (red and green) Sugar wafers with Wilton icing on top
Pond: Blue icing
Tree , present, snowman: Not gingerbread. yes, they are fake!
Wreaths on front door: Gingerbread.
Walls: M&M’s.

The poinsettia leaves on the fence are table decorations.

Back View

Here is the back view of the Victorian Gingerbread House.

Victorian Gingerbread House - Back View
Back View