Kitchen Supply Gingerbread House Mold
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- Two-sided design
- Recipes and decorating instructions for several designs
- Aluminum construction for heat distribution
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Gingerbread House Mold lets you make celebrations special with a unique Gingerbread House that is easy to make and better than store-bought. Two-sided design in hand-cast aluminum gives you a Brick House on one side of mold or a Log Cabin on the reverse, each with its own chimney, roof and family. Complete recipes plus easy instructions for construction and decorating a Holiday, Easter, Birthday or Haunted Halloween House are included. House is 6-inch by 6-inch by 5-inch high.
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I have a large non-stick pan for making a large centerpiece, but this pan makes a 6 x 6 x 5 inch cabin or brick house that is a much better size if you're making several or don't want to buy tons of candy for decorating. It is a perfect size for kids. One of the reviewers said she returned this pan before using it because she didn't think the texture would make for a detailed gingerbread house, but that is not the case. I used to have a cast iron pan and now also have a non-stick one, and this aluminum pan makes just as nice slabs of gingerbread as those two. It also doesn't rust over time as my cast iron one did.
Here are some tips...
* To make a single gingerbread house, it is easier to bake the pieces in the mold even though you have to do so twice. This is also a good idea if the house needs to be as smooth or perfect as possible.
* If using the pan as a mold (which is much faster, especially if you are making multiple houses), the rolling pin method explained on the recipe sheet insert didn't work well for me. I found just pressing the dough into the mold with my fingers got good results -- the walls were actually more consistent and the edges tidier. Also, I used about 6 tablespoons of water instead of 2 like the recipe said, adding it gradually until the dough felt like fresh Play-Doh.
* To prepare the pan as a mold, I found the manufacturer's recipe (included with purchase) contained enough shortening that I didn't have to flour, grease, or spray the pan to get the dough to release well. I just used a sharp knife to loosen the edges and then teased the dough slabs onto a greased cookie sheet. (Don't use a good knife as the tip may get dull against the pan.) Only loosen one piece of dough at a time so the others will still cling in place as you tilt the mold towards the cookie sheet. Once they are on the cookie sheet, tidy up the edges of each dough slab with the flat edge of a butter knife.
* To immediately use the mold again, use a knife tip to get any remaining dough out of the corners and use a stiff kitchen brush to sweep out crumbs.
* Overbaking is actually a good idea as the finished gingerbread slabs will be harder. If a young child is going to be decorating the house, I will bake it quite brown. (Don't overbake if you want to eat it, however.) If you want a softer, more edible house, find a gingerbread cookie recipe that includes leavening (baking soda or powder) and eggs.
I cooked the gingerbread in each of the three recommended ways.
I ended up making 8 houses by cooking the sides in the mold. Although this took more time I liked the way the shapes did not poof up at all. I sprayed the pan with baking spray, cooked them for 24 minutes and then put them on a cooling rack. I places a baking sheet on top of the pieces while they were on the cooling rack so that they did not bend up along the edges (as my first one did).
I did not have any problems putting dough in the mold or getting it out either baked or un-baked. I just "smooshed" the dough into the mold and then sprinkled some flour on it, then took my roller and pulled it across from the top to the bottom of each piece (I did them each separately until the tray was full). The excess dough came out on the bottom of the pan and then I started on the next piece.
The houses fit together perfectly and the party was a huge success.
Great mold for the price and I will be using it each year for our party!
Overall, I thought the instructions and recipe were very easy to follow. The mold feels very sturdy and well made and I see it lasting for many many years. I did not follow their recipe for icing, I used the royal icing recipe from Joy of cooking because I felt safer using an icing recipe that heated the egg whites. We used our gingerbread house as our Christmas dinner centerpiece and then ate it after dinner.
My only problems with this product are very minor. First, the instructions direct you to dust the mold in flour when you are using it as a cookie cutter so that the pieces come out easy. This didn't work for me at all. I tried spraying the mold with PAM and that worked beautifully. Second, the mold for the little gingerbread men was pretty tricky to use. They also bake a lot faster than the house pieces so if you do not watch them, they will burn on you (we decided ours were tan from a Cancun vacation).
I would definitely buy this again and making the house was a lot of fun!
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