Gingerbread place cards

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    9 hours 5 min

    This is more a decorating idea than an actual recipe. Just bake large rectangles of your favourite gingerbread men, large enough so the name fits (the cards may vary in length), then decorate them with royal icing and almonds as desired.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • gingerbread men (see footnote)
    • royal icing (see footnote)
    • almonds halves for the decoration

    Method
    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:8hr drying  ›  Ready in:9hr5min 

    1. Roll out your gingerbread mixture about 1cm thick. Cut out rectangles about 8cm wide and 10 to 15cm long depending on the length of the name.
    2. For the "holders" cut out a rectangle about 3cm wide and 5 to 7cm long for each place card.
    3. Decorate the gingerbread place cards with almond halves and push them gently into the gingerbread. Bake the gingerbread following the recipe. Let cool.
    4. Mix your royal icing and fill into a piping bag with a small round tip. Write the name on each place card and add other decorative patterns with royal icing as desired. Let dry and harden the icing completely for several hours or overnight. Place the remaining royal icing in an airtight container so it won't dry out.
    5. The next day take a walnut size amount for each place card and add a little more icing sugar so it becomes like mortar. Shape into balls.
    6. Gently attach a ball in the back of a gingerbread place card and push it flat with your fingertips. Then take the "holder" and attach it to the icing so that the place card stands slightly tilted but firm, like a picture frame.
    7. Let the icing harden, and if necessary secure the bottom of the holder with a heavy object to hold it in place while the icing dries.

    Tip

    Find recipes for gingerbread men here and for royal icing here.

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