Gingerbread House

This week we found out that the 12th December is Gingerbread House Day so in case you missed it or are thinking about tackling a tricky gingerbread house creation this year, we’ve done some of the hard work for you and found the recipe and some great ideas for which you could model your design.

Ingredients:

  • Butter (250g)

  • Brown sugar (200g)

  • Golden syrup (7 tablespoons - yum)

  • Plain flour (600g)

  • Bicarbonate of soda (2 teaspoons)

  • Ground ginger (4 teaspoons)

 

Method:

      1.   Heat oven to 200C/180fan
      2.   Melt butter with the sugar and syrup
      3.   Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger in a large bowlGingerbread House Digram
      4.   Add the butter mix to the flower mix
      5.   Stir mixture until it forms a dough and then roll it out
      6.   Cut out 2 side walls all at the size you want the house to be
      7.   Then cut out another wall the size of the side walls but also include a triangle on the top to make the roof
      8.   Then cut 2 roof piece these should be the length of your roof triangle plus a little more
      9.   Please use template provided for more help to guide you on shape
      10. Back all sections for 12mins or until firm then leave to cool
      11. Once cool trim around the edge so the lines are straight again

 

Assembling:

      1. Add two egg whites into a large bowl and the sift 500grams of icing sugar, whisk until thick and smooth
      2. Add the mix into a pipping bag, pipe generous lines along the wall edge, join the walls together, you can use anything you have handy to support the sides of the wall while drying, like a box or a bowl
      3. Leave for 2 or 3 hours to dry
      4. Once dry remove supports and fix the roof, because of the angle hold these for a few minutes while the drying process begins

 

THEN DECORATEEEEEEEE!!

Now this is the fun bit and there are all sorts of decorations you can do, you can use icing sugar sprinkled over to creating snow, you can use the assembling mix to create snow balls or window outlines and then what we like to do is use the last of the mixture to secure lots of different sweets to the walls. We like to get smarties, jelly tots, chocolate fingers, candy canes and flaked almonds but you can use anything you want, and if you’re feeling adventurous why not make some gingerbread house owners just follow the same method above (you’ll also need a gingerbread man cookie cutter or template).

Here are some really good examples of ginger bread houses we will be using for our inspiration this year…

Gingerbread Houses

We don’t think we are quite up to making this, but it’s something to aspire to…

All these ingredients should come in under £10 from any local supermarket so all that fun for under £10 is definitely a winner in our eyes.

Gingerbread House