Gingerbread House

This really does take about 3 days to do (and that's what all the recipes say) but we pushed it into a day and a half. We baked and build the house on the Saturday and decorated the Sunday. Next time (we are making this our yearly tradition from now on with the little one) I will bake the dough in sheets and cut out the shapes when I take it from the oven and the cookie is still soft. Then I will be sure the shapes are perfect as they tend to shrink and move while baking.

This recipe is enough for 2 houses and some gingerbread men.

  • 360g butter, at room temperature
  • 200g dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 300g syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoon mixed spice
  • 3 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

For the edible glue:

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1,5 kg icing sugar sifted

  1. Preheat oven to 180ÂșC.
  2. Cut out the following paper patterns for the gingerbread house template (I bought this Gingerbread House Kit).
  3. Cream the sugar and butter until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one by one and mix well.
  5. Add the sugar, zest and lemon juice. Mix until well combined.
  6. Meanwhile sift the flour, baking powder and spices.
  7. Add flour cup for cup to the butter mixture until a dough forms.
  8. Add the dough hook and 'knead' for a few minutes.
  9. Fold in baking parchment and rest for 1 hour in the fridge.
  10. Knead the dough until its elastic and roll it out to about 0.5 cm. (we did it at 0.25 cm and it was too thin).
  11. Cut out the shapes for the sides and roof.
  12. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  13. Allow to cool and dry over night.

To make the 'edible glue':
  1. Beat the egg whites until peaks form.
  2. Add 1 cup of sugar at a time beating well.
  3. When all the sugar is incorporated, use to glue house together (it's like working with marshmallows but dries really hard).
  4. Allow to dry overnight.

Then start decorating the house using sweets, biscuits or whatever else you can think of. We used coconut as snow for the finishing touch.

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