Let me start this post by saying I have very little experience when it comes to baking, so even I surprised myself when I picked up a Gingerbread House Kit from Waitrose the other day. I was feeling inspired after reading Alys Homemade Vegan Gingerbread House Blogmas post so thought I would give my own a go. How hard could it be? Answer: harder than it looks but lots of fun too! Here is a my 10 step guide if you want to have a go yourself.
I brought all these ingredients as I pretty much wanted to put everything onto this gingerbread house.
Inside the gingerbread house kit you get:
2 x 60g of syrup
white chocolate buttons
red chocolate buttons
Step 1: Make sure you have some butter as this is not included.
Step 2: Empty gingerbread mix into a bowl. So far so good. At this point I am thinking I may take up baking as a hobby.
Step 3: Add 80g of butter into a bowl with the 120g of syrup. If you don’t have scales like me, it’s all good. I just guesstimated what an eighth would look like out of the 500g butter tub. Yeah, I’m winning at this. Next, microwave the butter and syrup for 30 seconds.
Step 4: Mix together the warm butter and syrup into the gingerbread mix. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Add a pinch of flour and roll out until gingerbread is 5 mm thick.
Step 6: In the kit there were templates to cut around to create 2 roofs and 2 sides plus a little door. Pop these onto grease proof paper read to bake.
Now go to the Co-Op because you realise you have never owned grease proof paper in your life.
Step 7: Pre-heat your oven to 180 and let your house cook for 10-15 minutes. Oops, I think I burnt my front door.
Step 8: Now, Waitrose tell you to heat up white chocolate milk buttons and use this as glue to stick your house together. Let me tell you now, white chocolate milk buttons (no matter how heated) do not stick houses together. I tried and failed and ran out of patience. Instead I just smothered my house in icing to create that snowy effect, hah.
Step 9: Now put in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes to set but not too long as you want to stick your sweeties to it.
Also, this house should have had a door, but my dad came round and ate it.
Step 10: This is the fun part – the sweet eating and decorating! I think I brought too many treats, I couldn’t fit everything on. My poor little house was crumbling under the pressure of it all and nearly fell apart.
Now leave to set and enjoy! Have you made a gingerbread house this year? I’d love to see your creations! If you have a go, have fun and get creative!