The 12th of December is Gingerbread House Day so why not celebrate by creating your very own Gingerbread House at home. Baking, building and decorating the house can be a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy and, of course, the best part is that once the house has been created it can be devoured! Thanks to this recipe by Unsgaard Baking Paper we now have the perfect recipe for the Gingerbread House of our dreams. Try it out at home these holidays!
Unsgaard Baking Paper sells for about R18.99 at leading retailers and is the only baking paper supplied with patterns (standard round and loaf tin patterns plus a gingerbread man pattern)
Gingerbread House-Fun recipe
· 250g honey (organic tastes best)
· 100g sugar
· 100g butter
· 2 eggs
· 1 tsp ground cinnamon
· 1/2 tsp ground cloves
· 1/2 tsp ground ginger
· 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
· 3 drops almond essence
· 500g flour
· 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
· 1/2 tsp baking powder
Royal Icing – for the glue and the piping detail
· 3 egg whites
· 250g icing sugar
Wafer biscuits and rolls
Toasted almond slivers
Red mini Astros
Nicoletta silver balls
Coconut and green food colouring mixed for grass
Gingerbread house stencil
Hand held blender
Wide turner or spatula – plastic works well
Paring knife or pizza cutter
Wooden board or cake board
Round and shaped cookie cutters
1. In a large saucepan bring the honey, sugar and butter to a simmer, stirring the ingredients together. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
2. Using a hand blender, whip the eggs and all the spices together until nice and frothy.
3. Add your honey mix to the whipped eggs and stir well.
4. Sift in the flour, bicarb and baking powder and mix well.
5. The consistency of the dough should be quite heavy, springy and ever so slightly sticky. Cover this with a dishcloth and set aside to rest for 12 hours before cutting using your stencil.