Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Blogmas day 2 | Gingerbread house

Hello lovelies,
Welcome to blogmas day 2. If you didn't see yesterdays post then click here and it will magically take you there.

Today I'm going to be telling you all how I made my gingerbread house. I think this is the perfect addition to your Christmas dinner table and it looks really cute. Its also great to bake with children as they can have all the fun of decorating it. Now if your a perfectionist like me, your probably won't want children attacking all your hard work with multicoloured icing pens and tacky sprinkles. Granted mines not perfect but it was all my own work and no one helped so I feel really proud of what I achieved. Oh and click her to see the template I used to make my house.

Ingredients  |
For the gingerbread |
375g unsalted butter
300g dark muscovado sugar
150g golden syrup
900g plain flour
1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp ground ginger
1/2tsp cinnamon.

For the icing |
3 Egg whites.
675g Icing sugar.
3tsp Lemon juice.

To decorate |
Coloured boiled sweets.
Candy canes.
Chocolate buttons.

Step 1 |  
Put your golden syrup, sugar and the butter into a pan and heat until all the ingredients have melted together.


Step 2 |
Put all your dry ingredients into a large bowl and combine them together. Make a small well in the middle of the ingredients and then pour in the melted butter, sugar and syrup mix. When its in the middle, use a wooden spoon or mixer to form a dough.

Step 3 |
When your dough looks a little bit like this, get it out of the bowl if its cooled down enough to handle. Put the dough onto a floured work surface and start kneading. I did this until I had a solid dough. When you have kneaded the dough, roll it out to about 1/2cm thick. I split the dough into 5 so it was easier to roll out. 

Step 6 |
Use your template to cut out each part of your gingerbread house. Put each piece onto a piece of baking paper and then bake for 7-8minutes on 200c. They feel soft when they come out but they will harden.  I used the excess dough to make some stars and christmas trees.

Step 7 |
All the pieces that you have had to cut out windows of, take them out after the bake time and add crushed boiled sweets to the holes. Put them back in the oven until the sweets have melted. I used crushed candy canes for the star.

Step 8 |
While waiting for your gingerbread to cool, make a start on the icing. You'll need a cake board for the house to stand on, obviously I didn't have one so I wrapped a chopping board in tin foil....I know, it was a genius idea haha. Put your egg whites into a bowl and whisk until its just foamy. Next, add the icing sugar and lemon juice. Mix this together until you have a real thick icing. Fill a piping bag with the icing and use a very small round nozzle.

Step 9 |
Assemble your gingerbread house and then use the icing to make a glue to stick the chocolate buttons to. They look like little roof tiles and it really brings it to life. I then piped snow on the bottom and some on the top to make it look really christmassy. I put this picture on Facebook and it got some really sweet comments.

For my first attempt I don't think I did to bad. Im really happy with how it looked and it tasted really good to. I might attempt to make a gingerbread cake with golden syrup buttercream, topped with a gingerbread star. I'll see you all tomorrow.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

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