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Buy a Chef’s Toolbox Gingerbread House

Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , on November 23, 2008 by lickthebowlcomau

Gingerbread House $42

How to buy the Gingerbread House $42 .  As seen on page 142 of the December issue of Australian Good Food magazine.

Contact me for details.


Gingerbread and Royal Icing recipes

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , on November 22, 2008 by lickthebowlcomau


125g brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
300g treacle or golden syrup
1 tablespoon ground ginger
180g butter
500g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
extra flour for rolling

▪ Preheat oven to 170°C for 15 minutes.
▪ In a large bowl, beat the sugar, salt, treacle or golden syrup, ginger and butter together with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
▪ Add remaining ingredients and whisk until mixture forms a thick dough.
▪ Place on floured work surface. Roll out and press into Gingerbread Mould or cut with cookie cutters.
▪ Place on a baking tray and bake in oven for 25-35 minutes or until firm to touch (dough will crisp up as it cools).
▪ Cool thoroughly before removing from mould.
▪ Make Royal Icing as per recipe.
▪ Assemble house as per instructions if using kit.

Preparation: 10 mins

500g pure icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 egg whites

▪ Place sugar and cream of tartar in a medium bowl.
▪ Gradually add egg whites, whisking constantly with an electric mixer until the mixture forms a thick white paste. The whisk should be able to stand upright in the mixture.
▪ Add more icing sugar if necessary.
▪ Position nozzle inside piping bag.
▪ Spoon icing into piping bag, twist top and begin building the house as per assembly instructions.

Chef’s Tips
When making Royal Icing it is important to use pure icing sugar to create a stiff icing. Do not use soft icing mixture as this contains cornflour. The cream of tartar ensures a pure white icing.
Royal Icing dries hard and fast making it ideal for producing intricate piping work and is wonderful as a glue for constructing gingerbread houses.

Gingerbread House Recipe (link to PDF)

Posted in Articles, Recipes with tags , , , on November 20, 2008 by lickthebowlcomau

Click here for PDF of the recipe and instructions or here to view it at Lick The Bowl.

Christmas is NOT the time to lose weight!

Christmas is NOT the time to lose weight!

Why make a gingerbread house this Christmas?

It’s something to do with the kids when they’re boooored on school holidays!

  1. It’s tasty and when you make it yourself, there’s nothing ugly and ‘processed’ about it.
  2. It’s a heap of fun, and even if you do it without kids pulling at your apron strings, it’ll bring out the child in YOU.
  3. Impress the family when you turn up for Christmas carrying your adorable Gingerbread House.
  4. Bask in the attention when you bring it to work for Christmas drinks.
  5. Look like a qualified pastry chef!
  6. Add something new to your repertoire of festive goodies.
  7. For the sense of accomplishment.
  8. Because you always wanted one of your own.
  9. It’s absolutely DELICIOUS and if you can bring yourself to tear it down, you’ll enjoy it for morning and afternoon tea for several days!

Make a triple treat chocolate house without the gingerbread

Posted in Hints and Tips with tags , , on November 19, 2008 by lickthebowlcomau

gbread-triple-chocolateIt’s not always about the gingerbread!  You can use the Gingerbread House Kit to make an utterly decadent triple treat chocolate house.  In dark chocolate, it’s a grown-up’s delight.  Or, make it in white chocolate for a white-themed centrepiece for your buffet.


Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , on November 12, 2008 by lickthebowlcomau
Gingerbread House $42
Gingerbread House $42

HOW TO BUY THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE and receive FREE Christmas decorating accessories!  (As seen on page 142 of the December issue of Australian Good Good magazine.)

This offer is now closed.  If you would like to purchase the Gingerbread House Kit or any other items from the Chef’s Toolbox product range, simply contact me and I will help you to do just that!

Dimensions of finished house: 18.5cm high x 17cm long

What else can you make with the Gingerbread House Kit?
– Chocolate Nativity Scene
– A princess castle
– A farmer’s barn
– A race track garage
– A fairy palace
– Hansel & Gretel’s gingerbread house
The Gingerbread House Kit comes with full instructions and recipe.

Christmas Gifts from The Chef’s Toolbox

Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , on November 8, 2008 by lickthebowlcomau

Whether you want affordable stocking fillers or big, impressive, ‘wow factor’ gifts to put under the tree of someone you love, The Chef’s Toolbox has plenty to offer.

The easiest Christmas shopping ever!
Click here to shop for Christmas and avoid crowds, queues, noise and parking hassles.  Your order will be delivered to your postal address within a couple of days!

Affordable stocking fillers $20 or under

pizza-wheelPizza Wheel $14
Sharp in style and sharp in pizza-cutting power!

chrome-cooling-rackChrome Cooling Rack $14

Sturdy, functional and of generous proportions.  Turn out all your baked goodies onto this!

tea-towelsChef’s Toolbox tea towels (set of 3) $19.50
Our stylish new 100% cotton tea towels with herringbone weave are pre-shrunk, wonderfully absorbent and attractive.

potato-masherPotato Masher $20
This little beauty not only looks funky, it will give you the smoothest, silkiest mashed potato ever.


Silicone Egg Rings (set of 6) $20

The set contains 3 orange square and 3 blue oval rings. The square rings turn inside out to make a cute flower shape. Make the grooviest fried eggs in town! (Frypan sold separately.)


Gifts for the Junior Chef in your life

gingerbread-house-croppedFlexibake Gingerbread House $42
Buy a Flexibake Gingerbread House! Perfect for your Christmas celebrations!


Kids’ Toolbox $45

Quality grown-up tools in kids’ size! Set contains everything they need to cook up a storm!


Flexibake Teddies (set of 6) $27.50
Set includes six of our cute silicone teddy bear moulds. Great for cakes, muffins, chocolate crackles and ice-cream cakes!
Silicone Egg Poachers (set of 6) $29.00
Make perfect poached eggs every time with this set of 6 Silicone Egg Poachers. Set contains 3 yellow and 3 green egg poachers.
Kids Flexi Shapes $27.50
The kids will love our fun-shaped silicone moulds – the set contains an aeroplane, a footprint, a bunny and a shoe. Great for pancakes, fritters, frittatas and hash browns.

The kids will stay clean even if the kitchen doesn’t!

Kids’ Apron $20.00

The Chef’s Toolbox range has something for everyone … even those who don’t really love to cook but have to do it anyway!  Nothing inspires kitchen activity better than quality cookware!  Click here to go shopping and don’t forget to check out the Specials page for all the Christmas bonuses on offer for Christmas shopping.

Build a chocolate nativity scene

Posted in Recipes with tags , , on November 4, 2008 by lickthebowlcomau

choc-nativity-scene1Take one Chef’s Toolbox Gingerbread House Kit ($42.00) and turn it into a stunning chocolate nativity scene for Christmas!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Setting Time: assembly & decorating time approx 1 hour
Makes: 1 Chocolate House
Keeps: 4 weeks (if you can keep eager hands off it for that long!)

The Chef’s Tools
Silicone Measuring Set, Electronic Scales, Flexibake Gingerbread House, Silicone Spoon Spatula, como advancedTM 3.5L Dutch Oven

The Ingredients
300g milk chocolate for sides (2)
380g milk chocolate for roof panels (2)
200g milk chocolate for back (1)
150g milk chocolate for tree and people (2)
100g extra chocolate for icing, gluing the house together
Decorations: Smarties, Sprinkles, Freckles, chocolate bullets, mint leaves, wrapped chocolate lollies, sour
straps, nativity figurines (x3)

The Fun
– Melt chocolate for sides, roof panels, back, tree and people and pour into moulds. Set aside, allow setting.
– Melt the extra chocolate in the microwave for 35 seconds (1200 watts) or until just melting. Stir very well,
until smooth. Place chocolate in piping bag fitted with cm nozzle.
– Pipe chocolate along base of back wall panel and set in place on a cake board.
– Pipe chocolate onto the ends and base of the side panels and set in place.
– Pipe chocolate onto sides and base of front panel and set in place.
– Pipe chocolate onto hinge and base of door and set in place.
– Pipe chocolate along top and side edges of first roof panel and set in place.
– Repeat with second roof panel, set aside to set.
– Decorate people, tree and house as desired and set in place.

Chef’s Tips
Add chopped nuts and dried fruits to the melted chocolate before pouring into the moulds for a pebble
house look.

Recipe by Joyce Crosbie.