Three little mini gingerbread houses with a dusting of icing sugar, glued together with icing and off-cut trees and smarties scattered about, this is the cutest Christmas bake! it didn’t go completely to plan and looks so messy-but it’s the taste that counts, and they tasted HEAVENLY!
Hello again my little bakers!
It’s the 17th day of Busy Blogmas…
I love cooking and baking for fun – but I fail. A lot.
So I thought I would give it another shot! I guess I was slightly…ambitious in making mini gingerbread houses, but I know how I went wrong and so I’m sure next time I would make these a lot better! But after saying that they are kinda cute and the taste is incredible so I can’t exactly complain..!
I pictured too much and imagined it in my head as something precise and perfectly done, even though this was my first ever attempt at Gingerbread houses that I can recall! So it is actually not a bad effort for first try!
So I made a post about it anyway and decided to show you how to make the gingerbread because it is basically foolproof (mmm)…
I found a recipe off BBC Food (which you can find here), propped up my iPad in the kicthen, washed my hands and got baking! I had so much fun making these little dinky houses!
- 350g Plain Flour
- 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 125g butter
- 175g light soft brown sugar (I decreased to 100g, still tasted just as good and sweet!)
- 1 free range egg
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- icing sugar
How to make them…
I have adapted the BBC Food recipe linked above a bit here.
Firstly you want to mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Then add the butter and blend until the mix looks a bit like breadcrumbs, and finally stir in the sugar!
Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the bowl so it combines into a clumpy dough. Tip the dough out, knead for a bit until smooth, wrap in some cling fim and leave to chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes ( I skipped the chilling stage).
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a baking tray or two with greaseproof.
Either roll out the dough on a floured surface or push to the corners of the baking tray with your hands (I recommend rolling out with a rolling pin so it is even not wobbly like mine!).
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Finally leave to cool.
You are probably thinking why mine were so badly put together…well I think it was mainly the fact my squares and gingerbread pieces weren’t even- at all. So as long as you get an even thin layer of bread to work with, you shouldn’t find it too difficult!
I used a knife and carefully divided up the gingerbread. ( It was very staisfying!)
I mixed water and icing sugar to quite a stiff consistency and used that to glue everything together. I cut squares for walls and rooves and triangles for the sides of the rooves!
Ok, so this bit was pretty fiddly-but the smaller the houses the less likely it is to collapse, and so I didn’t find many walls wanted to fall over which was great! 🙂
I built them on a plate and dusted icing sugar all over, as well as adding smarties and off-cut trees in between!
You may think they actually look delicious and alright, but I am honestly not that bothered that they don’t look fancy or pretty-it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Plus I was just laughing to myself the whole way through constructing and having a great time building them!
I hope you guys had a fun productive day, or just enjoyed reading about my baking fails! Have fun trying out this delicious recipe to get you in the Christmas spirit!
If you are better at gingerbreading than me, then feel free to let me know any tips for next time! 🙂
Have a great evening (or whatever time of day it is for you!)
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You are all amazing-keep doing what you love! ❤