How to make an easy, super-detailed gingerbread house

Can we eat it now? Now? Can we eat it now? – JD, 5

So how do you make an easy, super-detailed gingerbread house? The answer: cheat!

This amazing house was created using a Lakeland mould. I spotted it last week on Mari’s World’s Facebook page and immediately went out and bought one.

To make the house:

  • start by making the gingerbread – melt together 180g butter, 150g golden syrup, 150g black treacle and 125g brown sugar in a pan
  • stir the mixture into a bowl containing 500g plain flour, 1tbsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of sod and 1/4 tsp salt
  • once you have a dough, press it into the moulds and bake it at 170C (150C fan assisted) for 25-35minutes until firm
  • make up royal icing by whisking together 500g icing sugar, 1tsp cream of tartar and 3 egg whites
  • once the gingerbread is cooled and crisp, construct using the icing and the included piping bag and decorate however you like

And that’s it! A really cheaty way to make a gingerbread house, but so much fun. JD loved it, I loved it – it’s totally worth the £11.99 as we’ll be using it again to make a gingerbread house for the school fair and maybe even a chocolate house at Easter.

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  1. says

    BRILLIANT JOB!!!
    You did the treacle version I think (?) and it looks fabulous – one tip I’d give to readers is wait for the decorations to dry before putting them upright – I was so excited I put my gingerbread people up and when I went to take some photos some of their buttons had slipped.
    Thank you so much for the mention and happy Crimbo to you and yours xx
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