02
Dec

Christmas craft: Build your own gingerbread house

Make your own gingerbread house

Make your own gingerbread house {Photo © simplyrecipes.com}

Building your own gingerbread house is not a simple task. It takes some time, but the building process is probably the best part of it and it’s a good way get together with your loved ones and build something that you’ll be proud of. The 2 key words of a good gingerbread house are colors and fun. Here’s a nice simple recipe to build your dream miniature home.

Step 1: Making the dough

I love this recipe from the Food Network website and it is the one I use. It’s simple and delicious and I highly recommend it. You can also use a family recipe if you like.

Step 2: The paper pattern (Source: Simply Recipes)

how to make a gingerbread house

Make your own gingerbread house (Photo: simplyrecipes.com}

homemade gingerbread house

Make your own gingerbread house (Photo: simplyrecipes.com}

homemade gingerbread house

Make your own gingerbread house (Photo: simplyrecipes.com}

Step 3: Roll and cook (Source: Food Network)

  1. Roll gingerbread dough out to edges on a large, rimless cookie sheet.
  2. Place paper patterns onto the rolled out dough.
  3. With a sharp, straight edged knife, cut around each of the pieces, but leave pieces in place.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes until dough feels firm.
  5. Place patterns on top of the gingerbread again and trim shapes, cutting edges with a straight-edged sharp knife.
  6. Leave to cool on baking sheet.

Step 4: Icing (Source: Food Network)

  • 1 pound (3-3/4 cups) powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy
  • 1 to 2 large egg whites, or substitute 4 teaspoons packaged egg whites and 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all of the ingredients together using a hand mixer, until the icing is smooth and thin enough to be pressed through a pastry bag with a writing tip.

Step 5: Build it (Source: the Food Network)

  1. Place royal icing into pastry bag with a writing tip
  2. Press out to decorate individual parts of house.
  3. Let dry until hardened.
  4. Glue sides, front and back of house together at corners using icing.
  5. Place an object against the pieces to prop up until icing is dry
  6. Glue the two roof pieces to the pitched roofline of the house.

Step 6: Decorate

This is probably the most fun part. You can then use you creativity to make that gingerbread house your own. Add you favorite candies to give it a look of a fairy tail. In Snax cinnamon crisps make the most perfect roof tiles! And don’t forget to add the most important ingredient … LOVE ;)

Source: Food Network (for the recipe) and Simply Recipes (for the patterns)

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