Gingerbread houses are the ultimate Christmas decoration. They are fun to make and a great way to involve children with crafting at Christmas. There are tons of tutorials and recipes online to choose from and we’ve got a round up of our favourites here.
Edible gingerbread houses
This glittery, sparkly delight by talented cookie decorator Sweetopia, will make the perfect centrepiece to any Christmas table.
If you prefer something more traditional this fairytale gingerbread house which looks as though it was inspired by the Hansel and Gretel story is made by Dutch bakery De Koekenbakkers.
For a classic Victorian gingerbread house check out this impressive version by Janie Champagnie, which can be found on her Etsy shop. Be warned though, it’s definitely NOT edible which means you can bring it out year after year.
If you want to make your own gingerbread creations here’s a simple gingerbread recipe from Lindy Smith. For gingerbread decorating ideas for a gingerbread family and their home.
- 125g (4oz) butter
- 60ml (4 tbsp) black treacle
- 225g (8oz) soft brown sugar
- 450g (1lb) plain (all-purpose) flour
- 15ml (1 tbsp) ground ginger
- 7.5ml (1½ tsp) cinnamon
- 5ml (1 tsp) bicarbonate of soda
- 15ml (1 tbsp) milk
1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/ 325ºF/ Gas Mark 3.
2. Place the butter, treacle and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and the butter melted. Cool slightly.
3. Sieve the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Pour the melted mixture into the dry ingredients and stir.
4. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk and add to the mixture. Combine to make a dough, adding more milk if necessary.
5. Place the dough in a plastic bag and chill in the fridge for 40 minutes.
6. Continue as per steps 4–5 for cookies then bake for 10–15 minutes.
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