Simple gingerbread house

Simple gingerbread house

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Makes 1 house
Use this gingerbread recipe to get the kids in the kitchen and create some magical memories

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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
      Bicarbonate of soda

      Bicarbonate of soda

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    • 4 tsp ground ginger

    To decorate

    • 200g bag flaked almond
    • 2 egg white
    • 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

    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.

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    sarah82
    1st Jan, 2012
    5.05
    So much fun to make. Planning on making a whole gingerbread village next year!
    sarah82
    1st Jan, 2012
    5.05
    So much fun to make. Planning on making a whole gingerbread village next year!
    hayley_jayne
    28th Dec, 2011
    We made a Gingerbread House and really can't believe it *does a happy jig*. Think you can't do it, well try this. If we can do it anybody can! x
    allielovetocook
    24th Dec, 2011
    It's Christmas Eve and my 13 year old daughter and my husband and I have just finished decorating our Gingerbread House. It looks AMAZING!! .. We are ridiculously proud of ourselves! Great fun to do, but a bit stressful so close to Christmas when there's so much to do, but really enjoyable when you see the end result. And the Gingerbread tastes really, really good. Well done, yet again, BBC Good Food.
    allielovetocook
    24th Dec, 2011
    It's Christmas Eve and my 13 year old daughter and my husband and I have just finished decorating our Gingerbread House. It looks AMAZING!! .. We are ridiculously proud of ourselves! Great fun to do, but a bit stressful so close to Christmas when there's so much to do, but really enjoyable when you see the end result. And the Gingerbread tastes really, really good. Well done, yet again, BBC Good Food.
    mjpocock
    22nd Dec, 2011
    I was able to make 2 houses with this mixture! Nothing is mentioned that the tablespoons of golden syrup should be a level tablespoon and not rounded, therefore my mxture was faily runny which I refrigerated to solidify before rolling. Possibly due to the excess of golden syrup my mixture spread whilst cooking but I cut the cooked gingerbread to the right size and shape using the template again. This is a yummy recipe despite having to adapt along the way.
    grisers
    21st Dec, 2011
    My daughter and I have made this recipe time and time again. It works a treat. If you have problems keeping the structure of the house upright, you can always pop a couple of tins inside to keep the walls straight.
    4349emma
    21st Dec, 2011
    I have just spent the day making this with my 6 year old son, had a great time. I used some well hidden cocktail sticks to secure the walls for extra strength as little hands were decorating it. Well worth trimming the edges after cooking to get nice straight edges. We used giant chocolate buttons for the roof tiles and the extra dough made people standing around it. The spare bits taste great, looking forward to tucking in!
    ldecaro
    21st Dec, 2011
    The ginger bread was fine a bit stiff to roll out. The house came out ok. But impossible to stick together. Unfortunately after lots of effort it all ended up in the bin. I read the other comments and it sounds really easy maybe its me.
    centrestage
    18th Dec, 2011
    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.

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