In November I did a hike in the beautiful Simmental. There is a trail called the Obersimmentaler Hausweg that leads to the most notable historic farmhouses and buildings in the valley. This hike inspired me to make these Bauernhäuser, or farmhouses, to give as Christmas gifts.
I used a Martha Stewart recipe for the dough, and then made a very simple cardboard stencil of a house. I rolled the dough out quite thickly and cut it with a paring knife. It was then baked, and decorated with royal icing.
For roll out cookies, I always use Martha Stewart's Dark-Chocolate Cutout Cookies.
1 egg white
Start beating the egg white. Once it is foamy and the runny, transparent part is gone, start adding icing sugar, one tablespoon at a time. At first this will dissolve easily in the liquid, then it will start to thicken up. Once you reach the pictured consistency, it is ready to pipe.
Fill your piping bag about two thirds full. When you close the bag, roll the top down away from the seam.
- Do not overfill your bag!
- Often it is easier to just make a new piping bag, rather than trying to re-fill a sticky one.
- Wet a paper towel and use this to cover the remaining icing in the bowl.