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Christmas gingerbread -- a deliciously kitsch holiday tradition

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The Christmas holiday season just isn't complete without the iconic staple: gingerbread. It has just the right spices and texture to say "Christmas" loud and clear whether it's in the form of a gingerbread man, a gingerbread house, or new seasonal favourites such as pancakes, waffles, or even pie crust.

Bake gingerbread to make a statement, dress up your special events, or even to send a message to someone special!

05 June is National Gingerbread Day!

A traditional Christmas gingerbread recipe

Ingredients for dough

christmas gingerbread

Ingredients for icing

Instructions

christmas gingerbread In a medium saucepan, mix together honey and molasses until boiling.

Remove from heat, then stir in brown sugar, egg, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together all remaining dry ingredients for dough. Add the molasses mixture and mix thoroughly, then cover the bowl and chill overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease your baking sheets, then roll small amounts of dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut in desired shapes, then place all pieces onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes (until no imprint remains when touched).

To make the icing, combine water and white sugar in a small saucepan. Heat to soft ball stage. Remove from heat and sift in confectioners' sugar. This icing can be brushed over cookies, piped onto gingerbread men, or used for seams and decorations on a gingerbread house.

Serves: 6.

Tip: Decorate your gingerbread creation with small hard candies, gumdrops, or sugar sprinkles to be extra festive.

Gingerbread waffles recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all spices until just mixed.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, milk, sour cream, and molasses.

Pour wet ingredients into the dry mixture. Mix until just combined.

Preheat the waffle iron. Fill the waffle wells and cook to desired colour. Serve immediately.

Serves: 5.

Note: This same recipe can be used for pancakes if cooked in a greased skillet rather than a waffle iron.

Gingerbread pie crust recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

Sift together flour, sugar, ginger, allspice, and salt.

With a pastry blender, cut in butter until the dough resembles sand.

In another bowl, combine water and egg yolk until frothy.

Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Whisk until moist clumps of dough have formed.

Form the dough into a ball, then roll flat into a disk shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

When ready to use, let the dough warm for 10 minutes before working with it.

Note: This makes one small pie crust. For a two-crust pie, make a double batch.

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