Easy peasy gingerbread house

    8 hours 15 min

    A foolproof recipe for the ginger biscuits and icing needed to make a gingerbread house. Make this a Christmas tradition with the kids and enjoy the fruits of your labour throughout the festive season! For further tips and templates, use our guide: Building a gingerbread house.

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    Makes: 1 gingerbread house

    • Gingerbread
    • 650g plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 225g butter, cut into small cubes
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 250ml honey
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • Icing
    • 200g icing sugar
    • 2 or 3 tablespoons hot water
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

    Prep:3hr  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:5hr  ›  Ready in:8hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Prepare several baking trays by lining with baking parchment.
    2. In a small bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger; set aside.
    3. In another large bowl cream butter with sugar; add honey and mix until smooth, then add sifted flour mixture and knead quickly until you have a ball of dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for about 1 hour, or up to overnight.
    4. Roll out dough to a thickness of 3-5mm. Cut out house parts according to template.
    5. Bake on prepared baking trays for about 15 minutes. Take biscuits out of oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
    6. Icing:

    7. Meanwhile, prepare icing by combining icing sugar, water and lemon juice in a small bowl. Construct the walls and roof of the house by following the instructions in our article on building a gingerbread house (if the glaze is too runny add icing sugar, if too thick add a little water).
    8. Let house set and harden for at least 4 to 5 hours (but ideally overnight), then decorate with sweets, chocolate, icing sugar or marzipan.

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