You ready? I'm Ready! I think... wait!!! I have icing sugar in my hair! (Yep,get an apron on, its that kinda messy recipe, but hey, its Christmas! Lots of fun for the kiddo's too, heck get everybody to do it!)
OK, lets start with some essentials. I strongly suggest a plastic cake stand. Is that what you call them, the silver disk sounds strange. A tin of some sort is good as well to store but I made mine too big so keep that in mind if it needs to be transported.
Now, a stencil for your gingerbread house. I just drew a basic one on card and cut them out, but there are some great one's online you can print out! Quick tip, make sure your gingerbread house will fit onto your cake stand!!
First thing, preheat oven to 200c.
Slip templates with baking parchments underneath on to baking sheets, into the preheated oven for around 18 minutes or until sides are slightly brown. Leave to cool down a couple of minutes then gently cut off any rough bits of dough around the sides of your template with a pointed knife, but don't worry too much about it. Now leave to rest to cool completely. Make yourself a cuppa and have a sit down. Make sure to make some extra to sample yourself!
Anyway, back to Gingerbread! If you haven't scoffed the lot already, bravo. I had to make this a second time and banish Big fella from the kitchen. He thought I was making it for him, he said. Mmmmm. Anyroad, when the gingerbread is completely cooled , lets start thinking about gluing this wee house together! Take two eggs whites whisked slightly and gradually add 500grams of icing sugar to make the sweet glue! But personally, i just add the icing sugar as i needed it, it might have been more than stated.
Now, if you are rushed for time, as most of us are these days, you can do this in a day, but if you can leave main structure to set overnight, that would be better. I just glued the gingerbread pieces together but saved the roof for the next day, don't worry if nothing fits together very well, it will be covered with sweeties and icing and it can only add to the character to the grand wee place, I personally think!
And off to bed I crept.
I started mine in the evening, but if you are doing it in one day, just make sure you know it has set properly before carrying on!
The next morning I awoke to grab a morning cuppa, and there was my gingerbread house all standing up firm ready for the roof!
As much as I liked my wee gingerbread house creation, it was missing something, it was, dare I say, a bland looking Gingerbread house. We needed a big bag of colourful M+Ms!!! Oh yes!!!
Just make some icing paste as before, I just dribbled it over with a spoon, pop a M+M on the gingerbread house and one in your mouth! Its hard work this, you deserve it and hey, its Christmas!( I had to buy another packet.)
For decorating (and nibbling on)I used chocolate fingers and chocolate buttons for the roof
some Jelly babies, M+Ms and it just wouldn't be complete without some candy canes. But go mad as you like, the possibilities are endless! Let me know if you made one, I am sure it will be ten times better than this! But I loved making it, and very proudly presented it to Big fellas mummy this morning, who was chuffed to bits with it thankfully!