It was finally time to bake the pepparkakor!!!
They got stuck into it, rolling out the dough (a two person job for critters), choosing shapes and cutting them out.
Clifford took charge of the baking.
He appraised his work, while in he background Norris and Patrick discussed how many pepparkakor they could fit in their mouths at one time (Norris reckoned seven and Patrick eight).
When they looked around the kitchen they were super impressed with their achievements, they would be eating pepparkakor for weeks!!!
It was then time for the pepparkakshus (gingerbread house) making to begin! Patrick measured and cut out the pieces. There was an incident of flour in the face, Patrick is quite embarrassed about this so would prefer if we don't dwell on it (he tripped over the cutting board and face planted into the flour).
Norris carefully laid out the pieces on trays using a cheese-slicer, an essential pepparkaks making instrument.
While Clifford made the icing cement, putting his newly acquired stirring strength to the test.
Time to assemble the house! Patrick and Clifford looked on apprehensively, but Norris was feeling eager and couldn't wait to get started.
Norris took charge of the cementing and did an excellent job, while Clifford and Patrick yelled out encouragement and generally gave off positive and supportive vibes.
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It's tradition in the Herbert house to make pepparkakor every Christmas. This year it was up to Patrick, Clifford and Norris to make the dough, ready for tomorrow's baking (the dough has to be refrigerated over night). They decided to use Patrick's great great grandmother's recipe because she was famous for her pepparkakor recipe (some say it's the best in scandinavia, big call I know)!
First up Clifford softened the butter while Patrick read out the instructions.
Norris took the first stirring shift, followed by Patrick. Clifford was quite eager to have a go too, but Patrick promised him there'd be plenty of time for stirring later.
Clifford got to measure up the first lot of spices, then Patrick decided he would do the cinnamon. Patrick didn't realise that the cinnamon lid was loose so there was a bit of an incident of too much cinnamon...
then Patrick lost his balance, fell backwards and...
suddenly Norris was covered in cinnamon!!! Patrick felt terrible and went bright red.
Clifford and Patrick inspected the extent of the damage and decided the colour cinnamon actually suited Norris. They all had a little chuckle.
Patrick helped Norris clean up before they resumed their pepparkakor mission.
This time Clifford got to stir.
And he stirred and stirred until he was pretty sure his arm would fall off (and he started to regret showing any interest in stirring).
Then they rolled up the dough ready for refrigeration, and their peppakakor adventure was at an end for the day. Stay tuned for part 2 of the Pepparkakor adventure!
We're all very excited in the Herbert house to be part of the Sydney Finders Keepers this weekend! The market is on Saturday night 6pm - 10pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm at CarriageWorks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh.
We'll be launching a new range of melamine plates this weekend which is super exciting!! Here's a sneak peak.
The critters have also been helping out with market prep (some more enthusiastically than others).
We hope to see all you Sydney siders on the weekend!