Christmas is all about love, sharing and above all fun! I take the fun part very seriously over here, and that’s why I make this The Petite Gingerbread House to wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Let’ face the fact, no matter how Pinterest makes it look easy, making your homemade Gingerbread house is not a simple task – at least for me-. But with the right equipment, a couple of hours and a bunch of colorful sweets you can make a gingerbread house out from scratch.
Start by choosing & printing your favorite gingerbread house template, if you have those architectural skills I was talking earlier, it’s time to show it off! You can also buy gingerbread cookie cutters in most department stores during the festive period, or save yourself the hassle and look up online. I browsed around and then I’ve chosen both the recipe and the template offered by BBC Good.
I slightly changed the original recipe, implementing fresh orange zest to add an extra wintery and rich flavour and I also used a vegetarian alternative instead of butter.
Start by measuring accurately all ingredients, when it comes to baking there is no such thing as “too accurate”, so make sure you follow the recipe by the gram. Heat up muscovado sugar, honey, orange zest and spread/butter until melted.
In a large bowl mix together the remaining ingredients, pour the syrup mixture slowly in and mix until the dough comes together, then divide into 2-3 large slightly flatten balls.
Refrigerate for 1/2 h before rolling it out. Once nice and set it’s easier to roll the dough between two sheet of parchment paper. Place your template on top and cut the “house” out of it. I made a cute heart door with a cookie cutter for the back entrance of my house – which in every foodie dream house leads you straight to the kitchen-.
After cutting the gingerbread house out of the dough, bake the components in a prehated oven to 350F/180C for about 12 mins.
Now that you have all the components start with the fun part, decorate your gingerbread house! Knowing I’m not much of a decorator , I did a simple icing by whisking egg whites and icing sugar until smooth & thick. You can pipe the icing through all the ends to glue the house together (I’ve also used it to stick the sweets on), and use the remaining one to decorate the house ( windows, roof and door if you like).
You have still plenty of time to make your own Gingerbread House, get the help of everyone at home to make it more fun and be creative with the decorations, sky is the limit!
The Petite Gingerbread House
- 250 g unsalted butter /margarine /vegan alternative
- 200 g dark muscovado sugar
- 7 tbsp golden syrup
- 600 g plain flour
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4 tsp ground ginger
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 egg whites
- 500 gr icing sugar
- sweets and marshmallows to decorate
- Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan, over low heat.
- Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger into a large bowl, then stir in the butter mixture to make a stiff dough.
- Divide the dough into 2-3 balls and refrigerate for half an hour.
- Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper, arrange the template on top ad cut the house out of it.
- Arrange on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven to 350F/180C for about 12 min, or until lightly brown.
- Allow the cookies to cool, in the meantime prepare the icing.
- Put the egg whites in a large bowl, sift in the icing sugar, then stir to make a thick, smooth icing. Spoon into a piping bag with a medium nozzle. Pipe generous snakes of icing along the wall edges, one by one, to join the walls together. Use a small bowl to support the walls from the inside, then allow to dry, ideally for a few hours.
- Once the gingerbread house is set, decorate with your favorite sweets, marshmallows, chocolate.Use the remaining icing to glue your decorations on top.
- Use coconut to make the snow base and arrange the house on top.
- Merry Christmas!