Gingerbread House

Make your own Gingerbread house

Posted on: December 1st, 2014

As today is the first of December some of my thoughts turn to Christmas.Over the past few years I have enjoyed making gingerbread houses with the family as part of our Christmas edible goodies. The materials are very different to my day job but the process is very similar!

Gingerbread tree

Gingerbread tree

First you need to design your ‘house’, a ‘tree’ or it could be a different structure I have even made a ‘rocket’ before with a school group! It is best to sketch out ideas first and then make templates from paper, remembering the size of your baking tray and oven will dictate the side of each element.

Gingerbread rocket

Gingerbread rocket

You then transfer the paper patterns from your design onto greaseproof paper, make the gingerbread mix, roll out on a floured surface and lay the pattern on top, with a sharp knife cut around the pattern and put on a baking sheet. I always use a non-stick baking liner to ensure they do not stick to the baking sheet. If you have windows in your design, cut them out and insert crushed boiled sweets which will create a stained glass effect when cooked.

Bake the elements of your house and allow to cool completely before construction.

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

I adhere the elements of the building together with Royal Icing and then decorate with sweets to suit yourselves!