Hands up! I have never made a Gingerbread House…
Now little Lily is of an age where she is asking can we make a gingerbread house???
Well, I live in Thailand and they don’t do ovens…All I own is a tabletop version of an oven…
Stir fries and BBQ’s are more the style of cooking here so my hunt for an oven with more than one temperature option is still in progress in the meantime I have this which is good I have cooked Christmas dinner in it, made pies and get the crispiest crackling on my roast pork… A gingerbread house might be a little bit more of a challenge…
I am however never one to give up in the face of a challenge so …
Let’s give it a go…
Doesn’t that look pretty?
Madame Lily, of course, wants a Shopkins gingerbread house. I will, however, add that this is a very recent change of direction as just a week ago it was Frozen all the way…Kids, you got to love them, haven’t you?
Now its Barbie and a Shopkins Gingerbread house…
It was a complete turnaround…
I had found a castle and thought I could make it into a good copy of a Frozen castle with an Ilse, Anna and maybe even Olaf all made of edible icing which I could mould into beautiful frozen characters or I could totally cheat and buy them…
Now that sounded like a plan..What do you think ladies??
But no…Along came Lily who has definite ideas on this.
I tried a little coercion… Gingerbread biscuits which I think are really cute and would look lovely tied to the tree…
But no! Shopkins won…
The choice now is do I buy a kit which is all ready to go or do I make it myself….
Making your own gingerbread house?
400 g plain flour
140 g icing sugar
120 g honey
60 g butter or coconut oil
1 tbsp mixed spice
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cocoa powder
For the icing:
400 g icing sugar
2 egg whites
Firstly, heat up honey, sugar and fat until is sugar melted and nicely liquid. Afterwards, mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and gingerbread spices. Mix everything properly and shape the dough into an oblong, wrap it in the foil and put it into the cold place (or fridge) to rest for 1 day.
Take the dough and roll it out to a flat dough of about 0.5 cm thick.
Using a template, cut the desired shapes of each part with a sharp knife (so in total 2 pieces for the roof, 4 pieces for walls, 1 door and 4 pieces for chimney). Do not forget to cut windows and door openings on the front and rear walls.
You can cut other decorative elements for your magical house as well. Afterwards, carefully transfer the dough and pieces to the baking tray and bake at about 180 degrees until light golden in colour.
Once completely cool then the fun begins we can start decorating our gingerbread house.
Start by preparing the decorative icing by whisking the egg whites and mix the icing sugar in. Fill a decorative bag (or plastic bag and cut it in the corner to make a hole for decorations) with prepared mixture and you can start building your magical house.
When you have cottage done and all the individual parts are glued together, let it dry properly!!
Now… the magic cottage can be decorated with the remaining icing according to your own imagination! Do not forget to put chimney and any other gingerbread decorative pieces (hearts, stars, trees, etc.) Let your imagination or your child’s go on a magical journey….
Just a tip….If you go to Pinterest there are lots of lovely ideas for decorating your own special Gingerbread house…
I hope you have enjoyed this post and whatever your ideas are for a magical gingerbread house I hope you have found something here to help ….Please let know and send me pictures of your finished gingerbread house, castles or biscuits I would love to see them.