How to get pieces to exact shapes
(London, ON, Canada)
I've always had a thing for building complex gingerbread houses, but a problem that has plagued me for years is getting the pieces to the right shape without having to do piles of post-bake trimming and cutting (which often breaks pieces!).
Is there a good way to get a piece to be very accurate without doing this?
My usual steps are to roll out the dough, cut the piece from my cardboard or foam core model, transfer it to the sheet, bake, then take it out. after this I place the model on it again to see how it compares, and trim it if needed (and it's always needed :( ).
Often the transferring to the baking sheet stage causes stretching, and sometimes tearing problems.
Any suggestions appreciated!