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Video:How to Roll and Cut Gingerbread House Dough

with Chef Griggs

Rolling and cutting out dough for a gingerbread house is simple and allows you to be creative with your design. In this how-to video from About.com, get some instructions on rolling and cutting the perfect gingerbread house pieces.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Roll and Cut Gingerbread House Dough

Hi. I'm Chef Griggs with About.com, and today we're going to roll and cut gingerbread house dough.

Tools for Rolling and Cutting Gingerbread House Dough

For this recipe you will need:

  • Gingerbread house pattern
  • Parchment paper
  • Gingerbread house dough

How to Roll Out Gingerbread Dough

Before you get started rolling out the dough, set your oven to 350. Lay a piece of parchment paper down. Take a little bit of flour and lightly dust the parchment paper so that the dough won't stick. Lay the gingerbread house dough on the parchment paper, and pat it out a little bit to get a head start on the rolling. Put a little bit of flour on the dough, and roll out the dough. If you have a little excess piece of dough on one side, you can take it off, and place it on the dough where there is a gap. Pinch the dough in, then keep rolling the dough out.

Roll the dough out to be ¼ inch thick. You don't want the dough any thicker because then you'll have heavier pieces. You don't want to go any thinner, because the gingerbread can become brittle and less able to stand in a house shape. Keep in mind that around the edges the rolled out dough will often be a little thinner, and in the middle the dough will be thicker. Take the pattern shapes and place them on the dough.

Cutting Gingerbread House Patterns and Baking Dough

Take a paring knife and go along the edges, tracing your pattern. Peel the excess away, and repeat this step for all your pattern pieces. The nice thing about having your dough shapes on the parchment paper is that you can easily transfer the shapes to a baking sheet. Bake the dough in the oven until the gingerbread is nice and firm. When you take the gingerbread dough out of the oven, it will become firm as it cools. Basically the process of baking the gingerbread is used to dry the dough out.

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