How to Make a Gingerbread Christmas Village

Gingerbread Village
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Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses are something which can be made at home, and perfect at Christmas time. A gingerbread village with houses, a church, snow and people make a spectacular model made of all things sweet. A Hansel and Gretel story of a house made of candy can be made real, with gingerbread, sweets, marshmallows and snowy icing.

I Want to Make a Gingerbread Village

You can buy kits to make gingerbread houses, but I personally did it myself. The gingerbread itself is really easy to make, but putting the buildings together can be rather fiddly. However, on my first attempt, I didn’t do too badly. Here is how it is done.

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Making gingerbread doughWrap in cling film
Making gingerbread dough
Making gingerbread dough
Wrap in cling film
Wrap in cling film

For the Gingerbread

Ingredients

  • 600g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 350g light brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 6 tbsp golden syrup

To Decorate

  • Royal icing
  • Sweets of your choice, i.e chocolate buttons, marshmallows, haribo etc

Method

Place the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon together in a bowl. Rub in the butter lightly until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Next add the eggs and syrup. Combine the mixture until it becomes soft dough.

Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

Roll out the dough and cut into the shapes of your choice, and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for around 10 minutes.

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Make card templatesCut your gingerbread shapesBake in the oven
Make card templates
Make card templates
Cut your gingerbread shapes
Cut your gingerbread shapes
Bake in the oven
Bake in the oven

How to Make the Houses

Using card, draw out a template of the sides of the house, roof and front and back. Do the same for the church but make it taller. You can make the houses slightly different sizes if you want bungalows.

Label your card with ‘front’ ‘back’ ‘sides’ and ‘roof’, and label for different buildings.

Next roll out your gingerbread dough and dust the work surface with flour. Dust the rolling pin if the dough is a little sticky.

Using your card templates, place them on the dough and cut around using a sharp knife.

Place grease proof paper on a baking sheet and grease with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.

Put the shapes on the tray and bake for around 10 minutes.

When they are done, place on a wire rack to cool.

Making the Royal Icing

Separate 4 egg whites and place them in a bowl. Begin to whisk using an electric whisk and gradually sift in icing sugar. Keep adding until the mixture is firm and peaks. Add more sifted icing sugar if you want it firmer.

Ice your houses
Ice your houses
Add the sweets of your choice
Add the sweets of your choice
Put your gingerbread village together
Put your gingerbread village together

Building Your Village

This is where it can get a little messy! You may find that your shapes will not be perfect, but you can always fill in the gaps with the royal icing.

You will need a board where you will keep your village (I covered mine in silver tin foil) and heavy objects to hold the walls together until it sets. I used glass bottles.

Get the right pieces together and put royal icing around the edges. Use either a piping bag or a spoon.

It will get messy, but this will look like snow on your houses.

Hold the walls together with your heavy objects until it sets. Then stick on the roof using the same method.

Once your houses are dry you can decorate as you please.

Pipe some icing onto the roof to look like snowy tiles. Use writing icing to make windows and doors and stick on marshmallow chimneys.

Decorate with sweets by sticking them on with royal icing and dust some icing sugar over your village through a sieve.

Once you have completed your village, add lights, people, trees or a lake. Make as many houses and buildings as you can (as long as you have the room!).

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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I have never tried to make a gingerbread house from scratch, but really want to try it this year. They are so much fun! How long does it usually take for the royal icing to set?


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

My house was quite warm - I made the houses before the school run and they were set by the time I got home. I reckon they were done in about half an hour. This was the first time I'd made gingerbread houses and they look so effective all together!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A wonderful hub. Your instructions and details are clear. Your gingerbread village looked amazing! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thank you ishwaryaa22! What kind comments - just goes to show, if I can do it, anyone can!

Thanks for coming by - appreciated :))


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Hai, gingerbread. is it sweetie?, I know only Kerala dishes. ok I will try it in Christmas vacation


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

Amazing hub. Sharing.


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Great idea! I made a gingerbread house many moons ago, and it was rather sloppy but fun nonetheless! Voted up and awesome!


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

What fun! Thank you for your clear instructions. My grandchildren would love this. Thank you for the suggestion.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi, yes it is sweet. Have a try and see what you think!


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thanks so much kikalina!


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thanks Crystal. My gingerbread was very sticky when I was rolling it out. But I just added flour and it was fine. I was surprised that it worked actually!


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi Blossom SB - it's a fun thing to do with children. They looked too good to eat :)


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

How fun and cute! I've never made a gingerbread house before. Your instructions actually make it sound much easier than I thought it would be.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thanks Om - I thought it would be quite difficult, but as long as you get the walls of the houses the right size, you should be fine. At one point one the roofs collapsed, but I managed to fix it!

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