Easy Peasy Gingerbread House

Dear mummy, for the last two years you’ve made a gingerbread house using a kit that you bought from The Range. It’s from Hickler Books and it was published in 2015. It’s a fabulous kit and really easy to follow and use. Use the gingerbread recipe below to get the kids in the kitchen and create some magical memories just like we have. If you can track down the moulds even better!

Making a gingerbread house

Our finished masterpiece

We’ve had some wonderful results using this kit and together we’ve mastered the art of building a gingerbread house. It’s not often that we both have the patience to bake together but this is a fab project to bring the family together. My mummy mixes and bakes it, my daddy constructs it and I help decorate it!

Hinkler Books gingerbread house

Really easy mould and recipe

You can also find this gingerbread house baking kit on Amazon and inside the box there was a book with step by step instructions that even a novice could follow. Also included was 2 silicone baking trays (one for the walls and one for the roof) and more recipes. So we got all our ingredients together, our tools of the trade and some extra special treats for decorating and set to work.

Ingredients for the gingerbread house

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 7 tbsp golden syrup (It is a British recipe and calls for golden syrup)
  • 600g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
How to make a gingerbread house

Grab all your ingredients

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan.
  2. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger into a large bowl, then stir
    in the butter mixture to make a stiff dough.
  3. If it won’t quite come together, add a tiny splash of water.
  4. Press the dough into the silicon moulds evenly.
  5. Bake all the sections for 12 mins or until firm and just a little darker at the edges.
  6. Leave to cool for a few mins to firm up, then trim around the templates again to
    give clean, sharp edges.
  7. Leave to cool completely. We left ours over night.
How to make a gingerbread house

Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan

 

How to make a gingerbread house

Press the dough into the silicon moulds evenly

 

How to make a gingerbread house

Leave to cool completely. We left ours over night.

For the Icing

  1. 2 egg whites
  2. 500g icing sugar, plus extra to dust
  3. Generous selection of sweets of your choice, choose your own colour theme
  4. Few edible silver balls

How to make a gingerbread house

To decorate

  1. Put the egg whites in a large bowl, sift in the icing sugar, then stir to make a thick,
    smooth icing.
  2. Spoon into a piping bag with a medium nozzle.
  3. Pipe generous snakes of icing along the wall edges, one by one, to join the walls together.
  4. 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.
  6. Dry completely, ideally overnight.
  7. Enjoying decorating it with icing and sweets!

How to make a gingerbread house

We began our construction. The moulds themselves are wonderfully detailed and the gingerbread popped right out of the silicone. We loved the roof tile details and the windows. We stuck sweets around the door and on the front of the house. To make the icicles like ours, 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.

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Our gingerbread house will be edible for about a week but will last a lot longer. So what do you think, pretty nifty for a non-baker, it might even be just about Pinterest worthy!

Love Bella x

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44 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Gingerbread House

  1. I’m impressed! And you even made the house from scratch too. I’m very tempted to give this a try. We usually buy the kits (and stock up on them when they are in a deal) – the ones already baked and you just put the pieces together and decorate. I’m sure your one tastes much better! Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam xx

  2. I definitely love this type of crafty thing. I could spend hours making sure it looks perfect. I would have loved to prepare one with my parents as a kid.

    Mika

  3. I love the little door that opens. I have always imagined that it would be really difficult to make a gingerbread house. Thanks for showing me different 🙂

  4. Last time I used a gingerbread house kit it came with it pre-baked so just biscuits you decorated. This looks so much better since you get to actually bake and build it, which means it’s fresher and you could add a little spice or something different if you wanted to. Love the fact it comes with the moulds. Definitely pinterest worthy.

  5. Last time I used a gingerbread house kit it came with it pre-baked so just biscuits you decorated. This looks so much better since you get to actually bake and build it, which means it’s fresher and you could add a little spice or something different if you wanted to. Love the fact it comes with the moulds. Definitely pinterest worthy.

  6. Totally love your gingerbread house Bella. So very very clever. I saw a kit in a shop last week, and my son and I decided we would get one this year. Not sure it will be as good as yours though.

  7. You nailed it! Everything looks so well done, it must have been so great putting on the finishing touches and seeing it all come together

  8. Woah! This is fantastic! I normally by the DIY kits, but the biscuits are already made and you just have to glue together – this is taking it to a whole new level though, I love it x

  9. Ooh!! I love this SO much!!! I made a gingerbread house once and it took me forever to figure out the sizes that I needed for each piece of the house! This kit makes it look so easy though – and so much more fun too! I’m definitely going to buy one of these! xx

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  11. That’s fab very creative and colourful I’m doing one with my son but at 2 I think he’s just going to eat it as we make Jr

  12. This looks so pretty!!! You’ve all done a great job. Strangely no-one in this house likes gingerbread so I always miss out on this car little tradition. Maybe we should make grandma one! #FamilyFunLinky

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