If you avoid using festive confectionary such as candy canes and dusting it with icing sugar to form snow, then I really think these little houses can be made throughout the year, they would look so cute being themed for birthdays and other occasions. Our house stands at 20cm tall, and to make it we used these quantities :
450g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tbsp brown sugar
160g golden syrup
2 tbsp beaten egg
sweets to decorate
Notice the children's cookbook!
The recipe said to use an electric mixer, but there was no need as it took just a couple of minutes without and the child in me wanted to get my hands stuck in
Me getting all excited thinking I was elf, added too much syrup which proved to be a good idea as the gingerbread was stronger when putting it all together
We googled 'gingerbread house template' and then used the dimensions to make our own
Not wanting to waste the leftovers, we used a heart shaped cutter to make mini biscuits. Granted, they look like dog biscuits, but they tasted good!
Before putting the pieces into bake, we put a boiled sweet inside each of the window cut outs in the hope that it would melt to form a real window, and it actually works! Definitely looks like there's inhabitants with the lights on shining through!
Junior getting involved in the architectural structure planning haha
To decorate the roof we used strawberry laces and cute little edible heart confetti
Using a piping set in replacement for cement, I piped the icing sugar along each of the edges. If you make it quite thick then it sets quickly and there's no need to sit there holding it
Even the little girls dress is made from marshmallows and icing!
The most unflattering photo of us both, but after five hours of being master bakers the house was complete!
This is where the masterpiece remains.. I'm sure it can't taste better than it looks and I can't bring myself or anyone else to break it up! Not sure what to do with it now..
I'd really recommend to everyone to make one of these, it's actually so fun and strangely rewarding haha and it needs to be a definite addition to those bucket lists!
Love Zoey xo