Sunday, 15 December 2013

Gingerbread House

This year I decided it was time to try and make my own gingerbread house. Whilst making the gingerbread was simple, constructing the house itself was not so easy.

To make the gingerbread: crumble the butter and flour together, then add in the remaining dry ingredients (ginger, mixed spice, light brown sugar and bicarbonate of soda) and finally the whisked egg and golden syrup to form a dough.

Once rolled out (to the thickness of 2 x £1 coins), use this template to cut out the six pieces (two of each) needed to make your house. To make stain glass windows, simply make a round hole big enough to fit a hard boiled sweet in the middle (this will melt as the gingerbread bakes). 


Remember that when you take them out of the oven, they may not seem done after 8-10 minutes but they will firm up as they cool down. And then once you've made a mixture of icing sugar and water, you can begin gluing the four sides together before putting the roof on top. Then you should be left with something like this...

Ok, so maybe not. But this was the one I made last year with the help of Ikea's flat pack.

This is the one I really made, before this happened...

Unfortunately I could only stick a few smarties on before it collapsed, but nonetheless it still tasted just as good!

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