Baking a Finnish Gingerbread House - Our Fun Family Tradition
A Gingerbread House from the Best Gingerbread Recipe
One of the Christmas family traditions we had when I was growing up was making a Gingerbread house. My mom always made a Gingerbread house, so I didn't think much about it, until I read a couple of articles about Finnish Christmas traditions.
One article from the World Gourmet saying that "making a gingerbread house is also part of Christmas preparations" and one from Finnguide writing about the Finnish Christmas tradition of baking and constructing a Christmas Gingerbread House decoration.
I've been making gingerbread with my girls and my mother has been having them help in making her Gingerbread house. Since the girls are finally getting old enough to help responsibly, it is time to start our own tradition and try making our own Finnish Gingerbread House. I'd love to try making a Moomin House styled Gingerbread House. It would be a good place to put their Moomin toys on display.
This lens includes several two designs typical of Finland to use in making a Finnish Gingerbread House—the red hut from the Finnish country side and the Piparkakut Muumitalo, otherwise known as the Moomin House Gingerbread House (shown to the left).
Also include are directions for mixing up a double recipe of Piparkakut, the Best Gingerbread Recipe Ever and royal icing to 'glue' your house together.
A Gingerbread Summer House
Question - Making Gingerbread Houses
Have you ever made a Gingerbread house?
A Finnish Summer House
Make a Finnish Summer House in Gingerbread
Fox Run Gingerbread Cookie Cutters
This cookie cutter set helps making a Gingerbread House, like a Finnish Summer House much easier.
Finnish Summer House Style Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House Made from Fox Run Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter Bake Set
Finnish Gingerbread (Piparkakku) Recipe
My Mom's Finnish Gingerbread (Piparkakut) Recipe
This is my Mom's Finnish Gingerbread Recipe for Piparkakut doubled, which gives you enough cookie dough to make a decent sized gingerbread house.
- Sift Together:
- 7 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons ginger
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
- Cream well:
- 1 cup margarine
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- Blend in:
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups molasses
- 4 teaspoons grated orange rind
- Stir in:
- The dry ingredients with the other ingredients, gradually until the recipe is well-blended.
- Refrigerate overnight (Dough can keep up to 1 week)
- Roll out:
- 1/8 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. If using a gingerbread house pattern, put pattern pieces on the dough and cut around the pieces.
- Bake: 375 ° for 8 to 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn.
- Yield:1 gingerbread house (with some cookies left over)
Part of the reason that Finnish Gingerbread is so delicious is the combination of spices used compared to other more traditional spices.
Adding cardamom, cloves, allspice and dark molasses to the ginger in gingerbread helps create the amazing flavor of these Finnish version of gingerbread.
Gingerbread House (Piparkakkutalo) Recipes and Patterns
Some of the recipes are in Finnish. You can get the pages translated using Google Translator.
- Gingerbread House (Piparkakkutalo)
A recipe and pattern for making a Piparkakkutalo or Finnish Gingerbread House.
- Piparkakkutalo - nÃ¤in se onnistuu (Gingerbread House - how it manages it)
Sweet gingerbread house inspired by Hansel and Gretel, a fairy tale. Icing sugar brings snow at the roof and windows and brushes. This dream house construction may involve the whole family!
- Piparitalo | Myllyn Paras Oy - A Little Gingerbread House
Another Gingerbread House Pattern with instructions in Finnish.
- Piparitalo (Gingerbread House) Pattern | Myllyn Paras
PDF File of a Finnish Gingerbread house pattern from Myllyn Paras Oy.
- Piparkakkutalo - a set on Flickr
A series on Flickr showing the making of a very unique Piparkakkutalo.
Making a Finnish Gingerbread House
How to Construct a Gingerbread House
Time required: Several hours
- Baked Gingerbread cookies
- Granulated sugar
- Royal Icing
- Gingerbread house templates or house cookie cutters
- Pan (for melting sugar)
- Icing Piping Kits
1. Choose a design for the house. (Simple easy pieces make it easier to put the gingerbread house together.
2. Translate the design to paper.
3. Choose your cookie dough recipe (I recommend the Piparkakut - The Best Gingerbread Recipe Ever)
4. Prepare cookie dough according to instructions. Be sure to let it refrigerate.
5. Roll out the dough to 1/8 - 1/4 thick.
6. Cut out gingerbread house cookie pieces carefully and bake. Let the pieces cool. Be sure to keep them stored flat.
7. Carefully assemble Gingerbread house using melted white sugar (adults only) or icing glue (recipe next).
8. Decorate the Gingerbread house using favorite decorations e.g. M&M's, sprinkles, almonds, mini marshmallows, icing, gumdrops and other little cookies. You might even want to include figures and cookies trees to decorate your house.
Royal Icing Recipes
Gluing the pieces of the gingerbread house is done (carefully) using melted white sugar to stick the main pieces of the house together.
Other smaller pieces and the decorations come from using Royal Icing. I've included two different Royal Icing recipes to choose from when decorating your gingerbread house.
Royal Icing Recipe - Version 1 with meringue
This may need to be doubled to assemble a large gingerbread house and decorated cookies.
- * 3 tablespoons powdered egg whites or meringue powder
- * 1 pound (4 cups) sifted confectioners' sugar
- * 1/3 cup water (6 tablespoons)
- 1. Combine powered egg white or meringue powder with sugar. Add water a bit at a time.
- 2. Beat all ingredients with a mixer until stiff peaks form. This may take 7 to 10 minutes.
- 3. Keep icing covered until ready to use.
- Makes 2 1/2 cups of icing.
Royal Icing Recipe - Version 2
This may need to be doubled to assembly a large gingerbread house and decorated cookies.
- * 1/3 cup water
- * 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (keep extra to thicken icing)
- * Juice of 1 lemon
- 1. Combine water, sugar and lemon juice.
- 2. Beat the ingredients together.
- 3. If icing ends up too thick, add more water; if icing is too thin, add more sugar.
- The icing will keep in an airtight refrigerated container for up to 3 days.
- Makes 2 1/2 cups of icing.
Icing Kits for Decorating
Using icing bags makes piping icing much easier.
Gingerbread House at Night
Piparakku on Wikipedia
Translated through Google Translator and adjusted a bit:
- Gingerbread cookie or a sweet pastry that is eaten especially on Christmas. They are often baked into thin, crispy biscuits and cut with specific molds to resemble for example, stars, hearts, people, animals and so on. Piparkakkutalo is a Gingerbread House.
- Piparkakku dough is often made into larger disks, which can be assembled gingerbread houses. candy coating on the outside and decorated cakes are the usual Christmas decorations.
- Gingerbread is named after the allspice, which was first used spices. Piparakku predecessors, honey cakes, were made in the time of pharaohs in Egypt. Honey gingerbread cake changed when the honey was replaced by the sugar and spices into the dough began to increase. Gingerbread is also considered to be luck.
- Piparkakku - Wikipedia
Finnish information on Piparkakku on the Finnish Wikipedia.
In Finland a Gingerbread House (called Piparkakkutalo in Finnish) decorated with icing sugar and candies is an important part of the Christmas decorating tradition.— Finnguide
Gingerbread Houses a Tradition in Finland
Finnguide offers this information about the Gingerbread houses in Finland:
- In Finland a Gingerbread House (called Piparkakkutalo in Finnish) decorated with icing sugar and candies is an important part of the Christmas decorating tradition.
- Easy to assemble Gingerbread House "Kits" are available for sale in most grocery shops in Finland, but the planning, cutting, baking and decorating of oneÂ´s own Gingerbread House, particularly together with children, does make the Christmas Gingerbread House a little more special and satisfying to look at.
Add a Gingerbread Christmas Cookie Tree
Make a Gingerbread Christmas Tree for the House
Another fun option for decorating a Finnish Gingerbread House is seen in the design of the red hut or cabin and in the image to the right.
An edible gingerbread Christmas tree can be fashioned out of a series of stacked gingerbread cookie stars.
Making the Gingerbread Christmas trees from stars is very simple, but you end up with a stunning effect.
You just need a series of graduated star cookie cutter patterns or a collection of star shaped cookie cutters to cut out the cookies.
When ready to assemble, glue each layer with icing.
Decorate with a dusting of powdered sugar or other decorations as desired.
Star Cookie Cutter Sets
Getting a set of star cookie cutters will make it easier to create gingerbread Christmas trees out of stacks of stars.
6 piece plastic set
Gingerbread Star Tree Recipes
More recipes and patterns to create your own Christmas tree out of gingerbread stars.
- Gingerbread Tree Recipe
One good idea often leads to another. That's certainly the case with this tasty craft that began with a favorite cookie at Pat's house. Pat's delightful gingerbread recipe came across our Test Kitchen's desk not long ago. We knew it was a "winner"—bu
- Gingerbread Star Tree Recipe
Our home economists created this impressive, tasty cookie tree for the 2008 Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook. Guests can nibble on the gingerbread cookies as they talk and mingle at your festive gathering.
- Gingerbread Tree Recipe - Taste.com.au
Gingerbread tree recipe - Preheat oven to 180C. Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spices and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy....
Make a Moomin Gingerbread House
Moomin Gingerbread House
What is a Moomin?
Having a Mother born and raised in Finland, I was also raised with the Moomin characters, so when I saw the designs for a Moomin styled Gingerbread house I was very excited.
Moomins are the lovable little creatures born from the imagination of author and illustrator Tove Jansson. They are peaceful critters that look a bit like white upright hippopotamuses. Many of the books follow the adventures of Moomintroll (the son) and his friends. Moominmamma and Moominpappa also play roles in the different stories.
The Moomins are pictured here (it looks like Moomintroll in the striped shorts and his friend Snork Maiden hiding) as a close up of the Moomin Gingerbread House.
The cute little Moomin toys have been staged having a snowball fight using chocolate mint balls with a candy shell as the snowballs.
Patterns to Make a Moomin Gingerbread House
You may have to look up some of these patterns in the Wayback Machine.
- Eating Moomins - A Gingerbread Moomin House
Gingerbread houses seem to be an essential part of the holiday season. One gingerbread cookie maker even offers a simple pre-baked house that only requires a little icing to put it together. I had bought one of them and was planning to put it togethe
- Make Your Own Moomin Gingerbread House
PDF File with pattern and instructions for building a Gingerbread Moomin House.
- Muumitalo piparkakkutalo ohjeet (Moomin House gingerbread house instructions)
Finnish instructions for building a Moomin Gingerbread house.
- MUUMIPIPARKAKKUTALON - Dough, fabrication and assembly instructions
Recipe in Finnish for making the MUUMIPIPARKAKKUTALON Mummin Gingerbread house.
- Moomin House Patterns
PDF File with another pattern (in Finnish) for making a Moomin House.
Order a Moomin House Mold Set with 2 Characters
I was able to order a Moomin House Mold though this website. They are able to do transactions through PayPal.
If you run the page through Google translator you can figure out what the website is saying which helps for those of us who don't speak Finnish.
- Moomin House Mold Set + 2 characters (Muumitalomuottisetti + 2 hahmoa - Kakkusankarit)
This delightful muumitalosetilla make beautiful gingerbread Moomin Valley style! Includes 2pcs Moomin Characters and instructions for making gingerbread house.
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My has to be one of my all time favorite children's books.
It was first published in 1952 and includes die cuts throughout the book giving a 'peak' at what is to come.
History of Finnish Gingerbread Houses
What do you think about the Finnish Gingerbread Houses?