Monday, 10 December 2012

How to make a gingerbread house

One of the things that is becoming a tradition is making and decorating our gingerbread house.

We use my child friendly gingerbread recipe and a silicone mold that I kind of share with Cass from Frugal Family, but you can buy your own from Lakeland.


Using a silicone mold means that the children can really get involved  so do not stress too much.  Let them push the gingerbread in to the mold but make sure you have used cake release before letting them lose.

I cook my ginger bread for 10 to 15 minutes and then allow it to cool for 10 minutes before removing it for the mold.  Then I leave it to cool overnight or longer.

For the icing we use our fail safe royal icing recipe.  Now it is important to build your house when the children will give it a few hours to set.  So I do it once they have gone to bed and present it to them all ready to decorate the following day.As you can see from our house we had an accident when taking it out of the mold  however, with the royal icing it is simple enough to repair.

The icing will keep in a sealed container so that they can use it to decorate the house.  Oh and I have to say that the boys are not of the less is more school of though!

4 comments:

  1. Looks brilliant! I am in the process of making my first gingerbread house, I've made the pieces now waiting to stick them together tomorrow...hope it works! I love how involved your children are with the decorating!

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  2. that looks great Jen, I really need to get one of those moulds next year & let the kids make one on their own.
    Thanks for linking up your great house.
    x

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  3. That's lovely - they did an amazing job - I'm a mean Mummy that wouldn't let mine near. Maybe I'll do them a mini one each next year xx

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