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Build your own (gingerbread) house

Build your own (gingerbread) house

Build your own (gingerbread) house this Advent!

To make your perfect gingerbread home, follow these instructions:

 

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, 350°F, gas mark 4). Line 2 baking trays with non-stick
baking paper. Cut out a gingerbread house template from thick card, (four walls and a roof is a
good place to start!)

Sift the bicarbonate of soda, flour, ginger, and cinnamon into a bowl. Rub in the butter and then stir
in the sugar.

Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, then add to the flour and mix to make a dough.
Leave to rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the gingerbread to ½ cm thick. Cut out the sections using
the templates, and then slide the gingerbread onto the baking sheets. Any leftover dough can be
cut into Christmas trees or little gingerbread men.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes before moving
onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Put the egg whites into a large bowl, and sift in the icing sugar. Stir to make a thick, smooth icing.
Spoon some of the icing into a piping bag with a medium, plain nozzle. Pipe generous lines of icing
along the wall edges, and join the walls together. Use small cans or bottles to support the walls,
and then allow to dry, ideally for a few hours or overnight in a dry environment.

Once dry, fix the roof panels. Pipe thick lines of icing along the edges of the walls and place the
roof sections carefully onto the wall panels. Dry completely, ideally overnight.

Cover a cake board with white icing using a palette knife, lifting the knife to form as many peaks as
you wish. Keep a section in the middle of the cake board smooth and stand the gingerbread house
on it. Decorate how you choose - the more sweets you use, the better! Make it as colourful as you
like!

For the gingerbread:

350g Plain white flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 tsp Ginger (ground)
125g Butter (unsalted)
175g Unrefined, light muscovado sugar
1 Free range egg
4 tbsp Golden syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon (ground)
For the decoration:
2 Free range eggs
500g Icing sugar
Various sweets for decoration - silver balls, jelly sweets, smarties, strawberry laces, pre-made icing
(green, white and red colours work well).