Team Hippie Butter created this year's Ginger Hemp-Bread House by using Hemp Seed Flour for the walls and roof, Toasted Hemp Seeds for the sidewalk, and Royal Icing for the borders. In addition, the snow in the front yard was made from Hulled Hemp Seeds, and the entire Ginger Hemp-Bread House were placed on top of foil-covered cardboard.
We started the Ginger Hemp-Bread House by using a recipe from SimpleRecipes.com, and modified it to include Hippie Butter Hemp Seed Flour. The recipe below was enough to make two houses.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3 cups Hippie Butter Hemp Seed Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup dark molasses
- 1 Tbsp water
How To Make the Ginger Hemp-Bread Dough
1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy and well blended. Beat in the eggs, molasses and water until well combined.
3. Beat half of the flour mixture into the molasses mixture until well blended and smooth. Stir in the remaining flour. Knead (or use your mixer's dough hook) until well blended. If dough is too soft, add a little more flour.
4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least two hours, preferably overnight. You can make it up to 3 days ahead of time. Let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before rolling out.
Assemble your Groovy Ginger Hemp-Bread House:
- Use the Royal Icing Recipe below
- Then print and cut out the house templates.
Detailed instructions: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_a_gingerbread_house/
How to Make Royal Icing:
Royal icing is not only used for decorating, it is also the mortar that holds the gingerbread pieces together to form the house. Therefore, the following proportions should make enough icing for both the mortaring step, and for decorating one gingerbread house.
- 2 large egg whites
- 2 2/3 cup powdered sugar, divided
1. Whisk the egg whites and 1 1/3 cups of the powdered sugar together until smooth.
2. If you are planning to eat your gingerbread house and are concerned about the safety of raw eggs, microwave the egg white/powdered sugar mixture for several seconds (30-40) until the mixture reaches a temperature of 160 degrees, but not higher than 175°F. In addition, you can also use pasteurized dried or liquid egg whites.
3. Add the remaining 1 1/3 cup of powdered sugar to the sugar egg mixture. Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until the icing holds stiff peaks. If it doesn't form stiff peaks, add more powdered sugar.
4. Place a dampened clean towel over the bowl of royal icing. Keep this towel over the icing to prevent it from drying out while you work with it.
5. When you are ready to mortar and decorate, fill a pastry bag with the icing. If you don't have a pastry bag, you can make your own with a re-sealable plastic freezer bag by cutting off the tip (a small cut) of one of the corners of the bag. In addition, plastic or metal piping tips are available in supermarkets that you can also use with a freezer bag for more controlled piping.
Decorate Your Groovy Ginger Hemp-Bread House:
- Add your favorite candies, seeds, treats and Royal Icing.