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! 🙂
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
125g black treacle
First, beat together the butter and sugar, then add egg. Then add in the remaining ingredients and mix together.
Place all the gingerbread dough into cling film, and place in the fridge for about 30mins
Roll out the gingerbread to about 4mm thick and cut around a template, I used the following Gingerbread House Template click here.
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.
Bake in the oven at 170c for approximately 20-30mins
1 egg white
1/2 tsp lemon juice
310g icing sugar
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.
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.
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.
My son’s house with a more minimalistic approach!