Easy peasy gingerbread house

Easy peasy gingerbread house


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About this recipe: 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.


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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