Gingerbread For Christmas

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, at room temperature
  • 155g (3/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) golden syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 750g (5 cups) plain flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tbs ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 420g (2 2/3 cups) pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 200g dark chocolate melts
  • Kellogg’s Mini Wheats

Method

  1. Beat butter, brown sugar and golden syrup until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Gradually stir in flour, ground ginger, bicarbonate of soda, ground cloves. Knead until smooth. Wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 180°C. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until 5mm thick. Use templates to cut out shapes. Use a 4.5cm round cutter to cut a disc from the front wall to make a window. Cut a cross from the disc. Place in window. Cut out a door. Bake on lined trays for 10-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  2. Trim the edges of the gingerbread. Beat egg whites until foamy. Beat in lemon juice and icing sugar. Place in a piping bag with a 3mm nozzle. Decorate gingerbread with icing. Set aside to set. Cover leftover icing.
  3. Melt chocolate. Spoon into a sealable plastic bag. Cut 1 corner to make a hole. To assemble, see note. For roof, pipe icing along 1 long edge of 1 roof panel. Top with Mini Wheats. Repeat in rows with remaining icing and Mini Wheats, slightly overlapping, trimming to fit, to cover completely. Repeat on other roof panel. Allow to set. Use icing to join chimney pieces. Allow to set. Attach to roof with icing. Dust house with icing sugar.
  •  To assemble: Attach the front and a side wall to the board and each other with chocolate. Use a square cake pan for support.Remove the cake pan and repeat with remaining walls. Set aside for 3-5 minutes. The chocolate sets quickly.Fix the door to the house. Attach a roof panel and gently hold in place until you feel it set. Repeat to finish your house.

    (I found this while googling Gingerbread houses and thought to share. Thanks “Good Taste Magazine”.)

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Comments

  1. what a cute house. it’s been years since I made dozens of those houses for gifts. good for you! how fun! Merry Christmas!

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