Simple gingerbread house

Simple gingerbread house

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Cooking time

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Makes 1 house

Use this gingerbread recipe to get the kids in the kitchen and create some magical memories

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

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protein
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carbs
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fat
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saturates
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fibre
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sugar
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salt
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Ingredients

For the gingerbread

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 7 tbsp golden syrup
  • 600g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tsp ground ginger

To decorate

  • 200g bag flaked almonds
  • 2 egg whites
  • 500g icing sugar, plus extra to dust
  • 125g pack mini chocolate fingers
  • generous selection of sweets of your choice, choose your own colour theme
  • 1 mini chocolate roll or a dipped chocolate flake
  • few edible silver balls

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger into a large bowl, then stir in the butter mixture to make a stiff dough. If it won’t quite come together, add a tiny splash of water.
  2. Cut out the template (see below to download). Put a sheet of baking paper on your work surface and roll about one quarter of the dough to the thickness of two £1 coins. Cut out one of the sections, then slide the gingerbread, still on its baking paper, onto a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, re-rolling the trimmings, until you have two side walls, a front and back wall and two roof panels. Any leftover dough can be cut into Christmas trees, if you like.
  3. Pick out the most intact flaked almonds and gently poke them into the roof sections, pointy-end first, to look like roof tiles. Bake all the sections for 12 mins or until firm and just a little darker at the edges. Leave to cool for a few mins to firm up, then trim around the templates again to give clean, sharp edges. Leave to cool completely.
  4. 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.
  5. Once dry, remove the supports and fix the roof panels on. The angle is steep so you may need to hold these on firmly for a few mins until the icing starts to dry. Dry completely, ideally overnight. To decorate, pipe a little icing along the length of 20 mini chocolate fingers and stick these lengthways onto the side walls of the house. Use three, upright, for the door.
  6. Using the icing, stick sweets around the door and on the front of the house. To make the icicles, start with the nozzle at a 90-degree angle to the roof and squeeze out a pea-sized blob of icing. Keeping the pressure on, pull the nozzle down and then off – the icing will pull away, leaving a pointy trail. Repeat all around the front of the house. Cut the chocolate mini roll or dipped Flake on an angle, then fix with icing to make a chimney. Pipe a little icing around the top. If you’ve made gingerbread trees, decorate these now, too, topping each with a silver ball, if using. Dust the roof with icing sugar for a snowy effect. Lay a winding path of sweets, and fix gingerbread trees around and about using blobs of icing. Your gingerbread house will be edible for about a week but will last a lot longer.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2008

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centrestage's picture

This is simply delicious and easy (though time consuming) to make. Its a perfect Holiday Time project for the kids and we make it every year.

mariab2's picture
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This was great - I found there was way too much dough but it's no problem to have extra bicuits around! So easy to make, it stood up perfectly and looked fab. I added an extra tsp of ginger and 1 tsp of mixed spice, which worked quite well.

aussiejoy's picture
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I used this recipe last year and my house was just an instant success!! I will definitely be using it again this year! Thanks to this recipe I have learnt that to get the edges crisp and clean you should cut after baking.

I am not ususally one who holds much patience and I found it just a breeze. I even enjoyed cooking :D

Plus after looking amazing it tasted great! I used red and white only to decorate and my family were very impressed with the results.

Only positive feedback from me, I found it to work well and I wish the best for anyone who makes it.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR :)

ottoline07's picture

Just made one of these and it worked really well. Much better than the kit ones you can get. I also cut out windows and filled with boiled sweets for the stained glass effect, then you can put a light inside and it's lovely.

I leave the bicarb out if I'm making GB houses as it keeps it's shape better and I think it makes a much stronger house.

sammysweet's picture

I am doing this at the moment!!! First time too...I am finding it quite easy,however do remember that the gingerbread does expand in the oven.I cut out holes for the windows and doors....But these have closed up in the cooking process,but i will try and cut more out...I am really looking forward to decorating the house (when i have glued it togethr) I think this bit is going to be a lil bit tricky...But hay-ho @ once you dont succeed lalalala :)

Wish me luck!!

missbrannigan's picture
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Great but seriously,....1hr 12mins?? I'm good but not that good! Very pleased with the result even if it did take pretty much all day. Would recommend a good trim of the panels after baking to get back to the original template. I kinda ignored that and was worried it might crack the gingerbread. Hence, a slightly askew house but nonetheless, a real eycatcher. :)

tormcr's picture

Hello all!

I am looking to make this on Saturday! Very excited. However I do not have a printer at home I have tried downloading the document at work but it will not open. Does anyone have the dimensions for the house or a copy that can be sent via email?

Many thanks!

suelad's picture

I have used this recipe so many times since i found it and it never fails, i make the dough a little thinner for the roof as it holds better and is not so weighty

kathrynyoung's picture

I make more every year as they are so popular and every year I feel more smug as my designs get better and better!! I use chocolate buttons for roof tiles, jelly beans for christmas lights along the front and back, dolly mixtures for the path and finish with a couple of decorated christmas trees and people made from left over mixture. Don't be put off making one of these, providing your icing is thick enough to glue the bits to the board it is easier then it looks, just hold in place with a glass until set, then add the roof

hannie_p's picture

This looks great. I've printed off the template at 75% of the size so it's small. I have two girls, so I will let them make two houses each so we have a little gingerbread village. There's lots of family coming for Christmas so we will have a super centre piece! Looking forward to experimenting now!

kagsmiskit's picture

I am going to break tradition and do this house for Easter. It will be good practice for the Xmas centre piece. Being in South Africa, snow is a stretch of the imagination for kids, beacuse both Easter and Xmas haopen in sunny weather.

I will make the first one this weekend, for my niece who is visiting, then my son and I will make the Easter master piece for the Easter weekend.

Instead of snow, we will have grass and other summer/autumn goodies. Grass I have already made out of dessicated covonut coloured with green food colour.

I cannot wait, the comments above have encouraged me a great deal.

Will let you know how it turns out.

melissap's picture
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Made this for the first time and was very impressed with the results! It was so fun to do with the children. Instead of using flaked almonds on the roof, we just stuck chocolate buttons on to look like roof tiles - very realistic, especially with a light coating of icing sugar. I think this will become a regular Christmas family activity! It also tasted great after being out on display for over two weeks!

craftybeggar's picture
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Just used the dough recipe to make gingerbread men worked really well - really easy to handle dough, just let it cool down a bit before rolling out. Might have a go at the house next christmas!

centauri93's picture
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Bit of a nightmare! The recipe is great, makes good, sturdy gingerbread, but the house design is a big issue - the roof pitch is so steep the roof just slides off again!

rfwhite09's picture
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So much fun to make - definatley recommended - although patience is needed!
I used Smarties cut in half instead of the almonds due to a nut dislike and it turned out wonderfully!
Any extra gingerbread was made into gingerbread men and the like which was an extra bonus!

lornajclark's picture

I have made a gingerbread house with my kids every xmas for about ten years now and although I have several gingerbread recipes, this is certainly one of the better ones. The template is excellent and has been passed on to many friends.
This year though, my now teenage children took a tip from a programme they saw before xmas to make a garden for the house which consisted of broken cookies to make the soil and tiny veg made from cut up fruit pastilles! The roof was tiled beautifully with after eights. All in all a very enjoyable xmas eve.

fayfumbs's picture
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Easy to make, but took longer than I thought to make dough and cut out. Only made up half of the icing mix for the glue and decoration and still had plenty left over. Didn't need supports for the walls or roof, icing dried very quickly and was very strong and left off the nuts on the roof. Kids loved decorating and eating it. Kept well for a week before we started eating it. Really worth the effort and I will never buy a kit to do this as it surprised everyone who saw it how easy it was to do.

kamilshka's picture
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Excellent gingerbread recipe - made very strong walls/roofs. I used instant Royal Icing powder instead of the above recipe and it worked very well. Mixed it with water and with just a little low-speed whisking to make it fluffy, it made a very attractive and incredibly sticky and strong cement for the house!

For the roof we used chocolate buttons, or Twizzlers laid sideways, or royal-icing piped on in tile shapes. They all looked lovely!

A friend made coloured windows by putting one boiled sweet on a grease-proof sheet on a baking tray and shove it in a hot oven for a few minutes until it's melted into a puddle, remove and peel off sheet when cool and you have a window to stick to the inside of the house. I cut squares out of the walls before baking, to make windows for them to go in.

kathrynyoung's picture

I made this for a class christmas gift for my son's class and also for my nephews nursery, really simple to make just make sure your icing nice and firm for assembly, i used 4 chocolate fingers inside the house to help keep the house steady whilst it set, last year i made the other design on this site and used that recipe for this as the gingerbread was soft to eat but held together well for the house, this house is more impressive then the other, much more christmasy looking, by using the 3 for £1 chocolate buttons and dolly mixtures for tesco (bag of white,bag of brown and a bag of dolly mix) made it reasonably priced to make... all in all a loverly gift that was very much appreciated by all :-)

ShivyDevon's picture
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I made this for a staff christmas lunch at work and it went down a storm! Was quite fiddly to put together and I put it in the fridge overnight to make sure it hardened completely. Gingerbread tasted nice too.

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