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How to make a gingerbread house: A step-by-step Tutorial

Updated on July 26, 2011

Fun cooking for kids

Keeping children entertained can be a tricky job as it is a mission to keep them occupied and satisfied. Every child loves to help cooking. Whether it be cakes, biscuits or even sandwiches, it is a fun way to allow them to learn and also to enjoy it. Learn how to make a gingerbread house for some tantalizingly tasty cooking and some laughs as you attempt to create it! (It's not that hard honestly!)

Teaching your children how to make a gingerbread house is a clever thing to do as they can have as much fun with it as they want. These enchantingly delicious biscuit based houses taste fantastic but can also be decorated in many forms, keeping your child happy for a few hours. And when your gingerbread house is complete they can spend the next few hours eating it, perfect!

Ingredients

These ingredients can be purchased from most stores, or you may even hold someof them in your home already! Ensure you have everything because the perfect gingerbread house requires each ingredient to be included.

Measure out the following:

  • 750g plain flour
  • 2 tsp.ginger (ground)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp allspice (ground)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (ground)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 225g butter
  • 115g soft brown sugar
  • 350g black treacle
  • 500g icing mix

Get your apron on!

Once your ingredients are all weighed out you can prepare to make your gingerbread houuse. Before you do anything, ensure your oven is preheated to gas mark 4/180°C. Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into a large bowl. Keep to one side and gently heat the butter, treacle and sugar over a pan on a low heat. Once these have melted into eachother, mix together and add to the bowl of sifted ingredients. Mix thoroughly until a dough is formed.

Once you have your dough formed get your children to give a helping hand. Sprinkle some flour out onto your work surface so that your dough does not stick. Take a rolling pin and roll the gingerberead dough out to about 5mm thick. Now you can use your imagination and have some giggles!

It's time to design your house

It is a good idea to cut out some stencils from cardboard to give you an idea of how large you need your panels to create the house. Use these stencils to cut out the shapes from the dough. You should have:

  • 4 walls
  • 2 panels for the roof
  • front door

You should then be left with enough gingerbread dough to create some gingerbread men to live in your house! After all of your dough has been cut out and ready to cook, lay all the pieces on a baking tray and place in the oven for about 15 minutes.

As you wait, take your icing sugar, add some water and fill a piping bag with the icing. Once this stage is completed you should be able to take your gingerbread pieces out to cool. After a few minutes they should be safe to touch, now you need a steady hand! Pipe out the icing onto the edges of each piece of gingerbread as this will be a 'cement' to hold your house together.

Your children may want to decorate the house with some sweets, which can be done by using the icing once again as a glue to hold the sweets on. Let them have fun and put their design skills to the test!

Time to eat!

By now your gingerbread house should be complete and ready to taste! Overall the process should have taken just under an hour, now sit back and relax as your kids have fun eating their masterpiece!

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    • BethanRose profile imageAUTHOR

      BethanRose 

      7 years ago from South Wales

      Keep trying! Mine was pretty lame at first but tends to take some practice, and it's quite funny seeing the end result sometimes! LOL :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Nice tips! I always have a go at doing this come holiday times... but I don't think that culinary architecture is my forte T_T

    • chamilj profile image

      chamilj 

      7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks! I will take a printout of this for my wife.

    • BethanRose profile imageAUTHOR

      BethanRose 

      7 years ago from South Wales

      Yay I'm glad I could help! Have fun and let me know how it goes :) !

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      Cynthia 

      7 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      I have always wanted to do this. Now I can!

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