Need a holiday project? Your children will have a ball making this adorable gingerbread house!
You will need:
- Gingerbread dough (see recipe here)
- House template (see below or click here)
- Piping bag
- Royal icing — whisk 2 cups icing sugar with 1 egg white and 1/2 a teaspoon of water until smooth
- Icing sugar
- Print a few copies of the template, so you can cut out each part of the house, or trace the parts onto separate sheets of paper.
- Roll out the dough between two sheets of baking paper, then leave it to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Once firm, remove the top layer of paper and place the templates over the dough.
- Cut out the front, back, two sides and two roof panels.
- Bake in the oven, then allow to cool completely.
- Fill a piping bag with royal icing and pipe along the edge of each side piece.
- Position the front, back and side pieces together to make the shell of the house, making sure there’s plenty of icing on the inside.
- Support the sections while they are setting – it will take around 30 to 60 minutes to harden.
- The roof sections can be positioned once the house is sturdy. Pipe royal icing along the inside of each roof piece, then put them in place. They’re likely to try and slip down, so prop up with a can under each side while they’re drying. Fill in any gaps along the top with royal icing, so it looks like snow.
- Pipe royal icing around the windows and door, then use more icing to ‘glue’ the sweets onto your house. You can add icicles and snow to the roof, too. Add a sweetie path and surround your house with icing-sugar snow to finish.
Top tip: If this is your first time making a gingerbread house, ask someone to help. A second pair of hands is very useful.
And if all else fails… just add a dinosaur