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Thursday, December 17, 2009
4 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
In another, larger bowl combine:
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup blackstrap molasses (don’t substitute fancy molasses)
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat shortening with sugar until fluffy; beat in molasses, egg and vanilla.
Stir in flour mixture, 1/3 at a time, to make soft dough. Wrap in foil for four hours or overnight in refrigerator.
Roll dough, ¼ at a time, to 1/8” thickness.
Cut with fancy cookie cutters into holiday shapes.
(Tip: If you roll out the dough onto parchment paper, the cookies are easier to handle. Simply roll out the dough on the paper, cut out a shape and remove the excess dough. Place the parchment paper loaded with cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet.)
Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes or until firm.
Cool before frosting.
(makes 1 ½ cups – two batches may be necessary to ice all cookies in this recipe)
2 freshest possible egg whites*
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 ½ cups icing sugar
Beat egg whites and lemon until foamy. Slowly add icing sugar until frosting holds firm peaks. Cover icing with damp cloth to prevent drying.
For colouring the icing, food colour gels or paste provide the richest, deepest hues. They’re available at specialty baking supply stores.
Separate a few spoonfuls of white icing into small bowls; colour them and use a small knife, spreader or spatula to cover the cookies with a nice, solid layer of icing – not too thin and not too thick! Decorate with silver dragees or sprinkles. Allow to dry overnight before storing cookies in an airtight container.
Cookies will keep well up to a month.
*It’s extremely important to use fresh eggs for the icing because of the danger of food poisoning. If in doubt, use meringue powder and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Angus and Sam decorate gingerbread cookies last year.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This is the face that lives in the tree.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The plow came through this morning! Finally! I did a little happy dance when the l0ader went by at 8:07. I was beginning to think our road would never be plowed.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Office was closed. Dave's work closed. Emergency declared by local government. Highway 11 closed between Bracebridge and Huntsville.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
"Oh, it's an Alberta Clipper coming, honey!"