Homemade GingerBread House

DIY Ginger Bread House

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My pre-christmas mission was to make homemade ginger bread houses. Usually I’ve bought the cheap Ikea kits £2, however I thought I’d give the home-made version a try. Thinking how hard can it be?! Well lets say, a little harder than I thought, mainly the construction as I had one house with structural issues and another with subsidence! 🙂

Ingredients:
400g plain flour
3/4 baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp ground all spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
180g butter at room temperature
125g dark brown sugar
1 egg
125g black treacle

First, beat together the butter and sugar, then add egg. Then add in the remaining ingredients and mix together.

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Place all the gingerbread dough into cling film, and place in the fridge for about 30mins

20140102-233807.jpgRoll out the gingerbread to about 4mm thick and cut around a template, I used the following Gingerbread House Template click here.

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One by one, cut out 2 roofs, 2 sides, front panel, back panel and any extra such as gingerbread men or trees onto baking sheets.

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Bake in the oven at 170c for approximately 20-30mins

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Icing:
1 egg white
1/2 tsp lemon juice
310g icing sugar
170c

Mix together all the ingredients above to create some icing glue, and put it into the icing bags ( or ziplock bag) and cut into a corner.

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Once the gingerbread has cooled, start place all the side together and using the icing start glueing into place. Hold for a minute or two while it sets and dry a little.

20140102-233910.jpgUse the icing to decorate the house, some windows or doors.20140102-233920.jpgUsing sweets such as milk buttons, smarties,jelly tots, etc to start decorating the house as many or little as possible.

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My kids both made a house each – ( I made a double batch), so 1 batch would make a house, a few trees and some gingerbread men.

20140102-233949.jpgMy Daughters house was well decorated with lots of sweets.

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My son’s house with a more minimalistic approach!

x-Tejal-x

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