Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Make your own Gingerbread House

Is there anything more festive than a gingerbread house? Until now I have only ever decorated a pre-made gingerbread house kit but this year I decided to have a go at making it from scratch and I was pretty happy with it for a first attempt. I'm not going to lie, it took a long time to make and a lot of patience but I think it was worth it to see it all finished. Here is a little step-by-step guide but you can improvise and change it to suit wherever you like.


350g plain flour 
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 
3 tsp ground ginger 
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
125g butter 
175g soft brown sugar (50/50 mix of light and dark) 
1 egg 
5 tbsp golden syrup 

 Icing sugar for glue and decorating (I used about 250g in total)
Sweets for decorating

 Step 1: 
Cut out your shapes. You will need one shape for the front and back of the house, one for the two sides, and one for each side of the roof. You can add a chimney too if you like. 

Step 2:
 Mix your dry ingredients then add the butter and crumble with your hands to make breadcrumbs. 

Step 3: 
Mix the egg with the golden syrup then add to the dry ingredients along with the sugar. Kneed until it forms a ball then wrap in clingfilm and put it in the fridge for 15 minutes. 

Step 4: 
Roll it out on a floured surface until it's less than 1cm thick and cut your pieces. These ingredients gave me just enough to make my pieces and I had to re-roll the cut offs a few times. 

Step 5: 
Bake on trays for about 15 mins on greaseproof paper at 180 degrees celsius (fan). 

Step 6: 
Re-cut the shapes as soon as they come out of the oven as they will have reshaped a bit (it's much harder to do when they have cooled so do it asap). Also add in any windows or doors here being very careful not to crack the gingerbread. I tired to add some sugar glass to the windows here too by boiling sugar and water bit it didn't work out very well so I just went without. 

Step 7: 
Once the pieces are completely cooled, mix water and icing sugar to create a really thick icing (use the tiniest bit of water) and glue your pieces together as well as to the base (I used a chopping board).  

Step 8:
Decorate to your hearts content! 

I still haven't brought myself to break it apart to eat so it's sitting quite nicely as a decoration for now. It was so fun to make from scratch, you can make it completely your own and it was honestly so worth the time and effort to see the finished house. I thought it would be much harder than it actually was and I expected a lot more to go wrong with it but I think you would be surprised at how easy it actually is! 

T. x


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