I have been searching for the perfect gluten-free gingerbread for so long and somewhere along someone had passed this recipe to me. It is absolutely amazing. Makes the most perfect gingerfriends and great walls for a gingerbread house. Try it out next time you have the hankering for something gingery.
Wonderful Gluten-Free Gingerbread
5 to 5.5 cups of rice flour
5 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups unsulphered molasses
2 eggs, beaten (egg substitute works great too!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, xanthan gum soda, salt, and spices. Melt shortening in a pan. Cool slightly and add sugar, molasses, and eggs, and mix well. Add 4 cups of the dry ingredients. Mix well. Turn mixture onto a floured surface (rice flour, of course!) and knead in the rest of the dry ingredients. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick, cut into pieces, and place on a cookie sheet. Bake 6-10 minutes for small pieces, 10-15 minutes for large pieces, 15-20 minutes for harder pieces needed for houses. Loosen from cookie sheet and cool for 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and cool completely.
Icing for Gingerbread Houses
9 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cups water
3 Tbs light corn syrup
1 1/2 tsp almond extract (vanilla works as well)
Place sugar in saucepan. Combine water and corn syrup. Add this to sugar and mix well. Place over low heat (but don’t heat over 100*) Remove from heat and stir in extract.
Here it a photo of our darling little Christmas tree! My parents gave us this little tree this year because they didn’t need it anymore. I absolutely love it and I wish I could leave it up all year round. I have so many bird and deer ornaments. So pretty!