Family Baking Kit Bundle

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup butter / ghee / coconut oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 bag Gingerbread Cookie blend

Instructions

  1. Download this template, print, cut out pieces and trace them on parchment paper. Cut out parchment paper templates so that you have:

  2. 2 sides,
  3. 2 short sides,
  4. 2 roofs and
  5. you can either cut the large and small stars or use your cookie cutters if you would like to make a Christmas tree in front of your house.
  6. There is a rectangle on the top left corner included on your template as the base / foundation of the house. It is there just to help you gauge how much space the house will take up on the base you will put the house and tree on.
  7. Make dough per Gingerbread Cookie recipe and into the fridge or freezer (if you want to wait less).

  8. Form two balls.
  9. Roll out first one between parchment papers, about 1/4 inches thick.
  10. Pull off top parchment paper and place on top your parchment templates. Arrange them so that they don’t overlap and cut them around with a knife. Keep parchment paper template intact on top. Roll leftover pieces away and knead them into another ball that you will roll out for the other parts of the house.
  11. Once you cut out the house parts, keeping the parchment templates on top, slide one hand under the bottom parchment paper and cover your cut-outs with another parchment paper and flip them all over so that the parchment you just put on top is on the bottom.
  12. Pull now top (before bottom) parchment paper off and flip house parts on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
  13. Peel of template and bake in 375F preheated oven for 6-7 minutes. Watch because it burns fast.
  14. Stop baking once edges start to brown a very little bit.
  15. Repeat with the templates you have still left to create house parts with.
  16. Once you made the 2 sides, 2 short sides and 2 roofs you can create 3 larger and 3 smaller stars if you would like to make a Christmas tree in the front yard.
  17. Roll out all leftover dough into a nice circle-ish shape and bake.
  18. Let all parts and base cool completely.
  19. FYI… you could do it without the whole process of flipping the cut out parts around, but moving the dough with your hands could re-shape your house part. Doing it this way you will end up with precisely size house parts.
  20. Make icing in the meantime and fill into your piping bag. I have only used the egg white icing I included here for assembling the house. I know that this type holds the parts well together.

  21. Decorate sides of the house and roof with icing and dried fruits and nuts, seeds (pumpkin seed works so well) of your choice. Wait till they dry so that you don’t mess up the motifs when you build the house.
  22. When you are ready for assembly gauge where you will put the house and draw a thick line of icing where you want your one longer side be. Place longer side into icing, sushi it down gently and support wall with a little extra icing on both sides. Hold it in place. This is the time if you would like to embellish the bottom of the house, push your choice of goodies (we like raisins, cranberries or hazelnuts) into the icing.
  23. Draw a line with icing where you want the short side adjacent to the side you already put down (while you are holding first side). Place short side in icing and push it down. support it with extra icing indie and outside and embellish if you like. Fill the corner (where the two sides meet) inside and outside of the house with icing. Hold the down and together. Wait a good few minutes and repeat steps with other two sides.
  24. I prefer to hold all four sides together by pushing them gently down till they can stand on their own - for about 10 minutes.
  25. Let it dry completely before you add the roof. If you don’t the weight of the roof can destroy the walls.
  26. To put on the roof (this is the tricky part - just a bit) add icing all around the top of the sides. It is no problem if it drips a bit onto the sides of the house it will look like snow.
  27. Put on both parts of the roof and gently push it down. Ask someone to pipe extra icing from under for extra support. Hold it down till you feel it is save to let it go - about 10 minutes.
  28. Glue 3 large then 3 smaller stars together (with icing) with their corners sticking out into different directions (rotting them on top of each other). Add icing on you base where you wild like to place the tree and stick it there. Decorate with icing or any pearls or anything you like.
  29. You can make a path from nuts leading into the house and you can cover the rest of the ground with icing o sprinkle shredded coconut all over as snow. Let your and your kids imagination guide you!
  30. Enjoy this magical process of deception and creation!

Recipe Notes

PS: this was a lot of text, hope this video will be helpful and make you feel less overwhelmed. 

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