Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread Houses

It wouldn't be Christmas without a gingerbread house, so why not make your own?

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:
  • 2 egg whites
  • Icing pens
  • 500g icing sugar, plus extra to dust
  • Candy canes
  • Generous selection of sweets of your choice,
  • Few edible balls

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan on a medium heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, bicarbonate soda and ground ginger. Then stir in the butter mixture to make a dough. Add a drop of water if the dough is too stiff.
  3. Roll out your dough on a sheet of baking paper and use a house template to cut out the sections of the house until you have two side walls, a front & back wall and two roof panels.
  4. Bake all of the sections for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown then set aside to cool.
  5. Put the egg whites in a large bowl and sift in the icing sugar, then stir to make a thick smooth icing. Spoon into an icing bag and pipe along the edges of the sections - this will act as a glue. Once all of the sections are stuck together set aside and allow to dry for approximately 3 hours or until firm.
  6. To decorate, pipe icing along the length of the house to look like snow and top with your favourite sweets.