Gingerbread houses, these are great fun for the kids to get involved with. The receipe is simple and once you have fiormed you gingerbread dough you can let your kids (or yourself) imagination run wild. There are plenty of gingerbread kits out on the market, which follow the standard log cabin design, but we like to do things a little different here at the Cake Nest. We let the kids design their own houses and you can see from the photo, we ended up with the stable/cabin mash up.
We use a standard reciepe from BBC Good food, the rest is up to your imagination……go create!
250g unsalted butter
200g dark muscovado sugar
7 tbsp golden syrup
600g plain flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tsp ground ginger
2 egg whites
500g icing sugar, plus extra to dust
125g pack mini chocolate fingers
generous selection of sweets of your choice, choose your own colour theme
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan.
Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger into a large bowl, then stir in the butter mixture to make a stiff dough. If it won’t quite come together, add a tiny splash of water.
Put a sheet of baking paper on your work surface and roll about one quarter of the dough to the thickness of two £1 coins. Cut out the walls. roof and any other parts for your house, then slide the gingerbread, still on its baking paper, onto a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, re-rolling the trimmings, until you have two side walls, a front and back wall and two roof panels. Any leftover dough can be cut into Christmas trees, if you like.
Bake all the sections for 12 mins or until firm and just a little darker at the edges. Leave to cool for a few mins to firm up, then trim around the templates again to give clean, sharp edges. Leave to cool completely.
Put the egg whites in a large bowl, sift in the icing sugar, then stir to make a thick, smooth icing. Spoon into a piping bag with a medium nozzle. Pipe generous snakes of icing along the wall edges, one by one, to join the walls together.
Decorate the gingerbread house with the icing and sweets as you wish. Let you imagination run riot!