Advent calendar village and gingerbread truffles

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  • Paper Houses:
  • 2 large sheets of white Bristol board
  • Template (at
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Tape or glue
  • Gingerbread Truffles:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream, hot
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, melted
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate, melted (for chocolate shells)
  • Aluminum foil


    Make the paper houses: Print out the stencil (see link above) and trace it 24 times on Bristol board.
    Draw folding lines onto each house and cut out the houses.
    Gently fold along the folding lines, then draw your desired pattern onto the houses (on the opposite side of the folding lines), making sure to include a number from 1-24.
    To build the houses, stick some tape or glue (tape works best!) onto the tabs and tape the houses together from the inside, leaving the roofs open.
    Set aside and make the truffles.

    To make the truffles: In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
    Measure 3 teaspoons of gingerbread spice mix and add to the hot cream, dissolving completely.
    Add the cream and salt to the melted dark chocolate and stir until fully combined.
    Place in the fridge until chilled and thickened, 1-2 hours.
    Beat the ganache with an electric mixer until it lightens in colour and thickens to piping consistency.
    Place in a piping bag fitted with a large, round tip.
    Pour some melted milk chocolate into a chocolate mold of your choice and spread onto the inside of the mold to cover all walls.
    Place in the freezer to stiffen, about 5-10 minutes.
    Fill the chocolates with the ganache filling, then top with more melted chocolate.
    Return to the freezer to stiffen, 10-20 minutes.
    Unmold, then wrap in aluminum foil.
    Place 1 chocolate in each house and tape the roofs shut.
    These chocolates are best stored in the fridge, unless you are tempering the chocolate, as tempered chocolate is best kept at room temperature.

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    1. D

      Delicious and ohhhh so beautiful! Thanks for the recipe :0)

    2. M

      I think this recipe was amazing!

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    4. t

      Wow. Fantastic! Followed the instructions to the letter and this was awesome...

    5. C

      This is a beautiful dish!

    6. C

      I brought this to Thanksgiving dinner. It was delicious and smelled fantastic! Thanks!

    7. L

      Thanks - can't wait to try this out!

    8. A

      I made this last night according to the recipe. It was fabulous!

    9. N

      This looks delicious!

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