The Gingerbread house that Mummy built!

Over the past few days I have been working hard in the kitchen creating a gingerbread house for the boys to devour. I must admit it wasn’t as easy as i initially thought it would be! It’s easy to look at something on the web or in a book and say ‘I can do that!’ but I may say i hit a bit of trouble when my house fell down and crumbled.

My first attempt was abysmal, I baked the gingerbread too thick and although it tasted lush it was more of a cake texture than it was a biscuit and it fell down as it wasn’t sturdy enough. I tried to keep it together by using books and cocktail sticks to keep it up, but it didn’t bear well and collapsed.

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On my second attempt I added treacle to the recipe and rolled out the dough thinly (about a £1 coin), this seemed to work!

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RECIPE:

250g butter (stork)

200g muscovado sugar (i used dark and light)

620g plain flour

4 tbsp golden syrup

2 tbsp treacle

3 tsp ground ginger

2tsp bicarbonate of soda

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven at 200c

Melt the butter, sugar, syrup and treacle in a pan over a low heat. Set aside to cool

Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger in a bowl.

Add in the melted butter and combine until a stiff dough texture

Leave wrapped up in cling film in the fridge over night

There are many templates out there that you can download and print off, take a look at shelter recipe. I found it easier to just judge it by myself, just by drawing onto some baking paper. You will have to trim off the edges once baked anyway.

Make sure that you do 2 of each template; 2 sides, 2 roofs and a front and back (front will be the same size as the back but will have a door and windows cut out.

You will also need:

Royal Icing-for piping, sticking and decoration

A selection of sweets – Giant chocolate buttons for the roof, chocolate fingers for the sides, jelly beans, skittles, strawberry laces.

When you are ready to cook your gingerbread templates, place a couple of boiled sweets in the window areas, these will melt in the oven and give the windows a colourful window look to them.

Once all of the house pieces were cooked I left them over night as they become crisper and more solid. Before erecting the house, I piped icing onto a board where i wanted the side and front of the house to be. I then placed the pieces together by holding onto them for a minute or so, the icing hardens quickly. Build the house up, piece by piece making sure that each piece is stuck together with the icing. The roof was the last piece to go on.

Each sweet/chocolate needs to be stuck in place onto the biscuit with the icing.

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Have fun with your decoration, get creative and go as mad as you want!

My boys couldn’t wait to pull it apart and taste it, on the other hand i sat back and cried as my first gingerbread house was attacked and pulled down like a lion attacking a gazelle, my boys were certainly hungry for the sweet taste of gingerbread!

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Oh the sweet taste!
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Just one lick mum, please
Within seconds it was being devoured
Within seconds it was being devoured

I am very pleased at how my house turned out and can’t wait to make another one, I found it quite therapeutic and really enjoyed baking and creating it.

I was invited along by Tribal media to build a gingerbread house and enter it into Shelters : The great gingerbread house sale More info here Why don’t you join in to?

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Shelters Gingerbread House Sale

BAKE IT, BUILD IT, SELL IT

This Christmas Day, thousands of children in Britain will wake up homeless. You can make a difference. All you have to do is bake, build and sell a delicious gingerbread house to raise money for Shelter. Parents up and down the country are being asked to gather their little ones to put their baking expertise to the test creating gingerbread houses, which are then being sold at their schools/clubs/nurseries.

Shelter are asking for help from you to raise awareness of the homelessness by creating a gingerbread masterpiece, inspiring others and raising money for the charity by selling it on, auctioning it, holding a gingerbread house party or just by voting for your favourite creation on the shelter website

Shelter will even provide the recipe and templates to help you. Get your school involved for a chance to win for the school.

Once you have created your gingerbread house, just upload it on to the website for a chance to win some prizes. The prizes are given out in 4 categories: The under 11’s, The under 11’s class, The over 12’s and the Over 12’s class.

Here is our entry

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About Shelter:

4 million families could be one paycheck away from losing their homes. In the UK, it is reported that a family lose their home every 11 minutes. Shelter is a charity that campaign for housing rights and against homelessness. They provide practical housing advice and support online, in person and over the phone – from dealing with mortgage arrears through to helping people find a place to stay. Most importantly, they
campaign to tackle the root causes of the housing crisis, which affecting more families each and every day. Last year alone, not only did they manage to re-home those unfortunate enough to find themselves on the streets, they managed to get legislation signed off that will impact masses of families throughout the UK. For example, they secured concessions to bedroom tax for foster carers and families of armed forces personnel and severely disabled children. They also won legislation giving renters the right to complain when things go wrong, not to mention the eviction of rogue landlords. When things go wrong, it’s easy to bury your head in the sand. Shelter exists to provide specialist, free, confidential advice and solutions to keep families from ending up on the streets.

To donate to the charity Shelter please visit their page here  http://www.shelter.org.uk/gingerbreadhouse

No payment has been received for this post, this is my entry into the competition

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