First, some photos of gingerbread houses I love! The one above is from our hotel in Copenhagen last year. The lobby smelled amazing 🙂
And the one in the lobby at the Grand Floridian at Disney (we didn’t stay there but you can wander in and even buy a roof pebble). So, there are the professional ones. And now onto mine. I took millions of pictures (it seems like) so be warned!
First, melt together butter (I use pure dairy free) with sugar, treacle, golden syrup. Then pour over a bowl of flour and spices.
Mix mix mix! Then leave in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Then measure out baking paper templates for the roof and walls. It was only after I had made the house for the second time (last year the roof was too small and I made it bigger this year and it is still too small) that I realised that the maths in the book is wrong. So next year I am going to make my own design.
Remove dough from fridge and cut about 1/4 of it to begin with. Roll out on the baking paper dusted with flour, and then the baking paper can be slid straight onto the baking tray.
Put the templates on the dough and cut with a knife.
Keep on re-rolling un-used bits until you have all the parts needed.
They don’t take long in the oven (12 mins ish).
Quick! Before they cool, cut out the windows and door. Trim any wobbly edges.
Leave to cool on wire rack and then wrap up until the construction is ready!
I had a load of dough left – more cookies for work!
Let the constructing begin!
The icing is egg white and icing sugar which makes super strong glue. I tried to use a piping bag, but this was not good, and so I drizzle with a spoon instead.
Wrap a chopping board in foil for the base.
Put icing along the bottom and up the sides, then join gently together. Hold for a few minutes, then prop up with whatever you have to hand.
Repeat with the back and other side. This is a scary time but the icing does stick pretty quick! Leave for 30 minutes to properly harden before adding the roof.
Take the cups away to test it 🙂
Lots more “glue” to hold the roof in place. Put the door so it is half open. Leave for a bit before decorating to your hearts content!
Some strateigically placed buttons hide the poor maths in the cookery book!
(Some of the overlapping roof tiles went a bit wrong on the front but at the back they were perfect! Always the way).
Happy baking 🙂