When I think about Christmas the first things that come to my mind are all the beautiful houses and lanes, that we all love to decorate with amazing fairy lights and christmas trees. This year I wanted to do something special to completely blend in with the Christmas spirit, so me and my firends decided to challenge ourselves and try to make the so famous Ginger Bread House! It takes some time, but it’s definetly worth it. You can find the walls of the ginger bread house already baked and ready to assemble at Ikea, but if you want to make everything from scratch like I did, you’ll need to make the dough the day before. Unfortunately I don’t have the exact recipe because it was written in swedish. Thankfully one of my friends can speak swedish and managed to traslate it for us, but I do remember how we made it. So here is the method to make the ginger bread house dough.
Put some butter and sugar into a pan, cook over low heat until melted. Add some cinnamon, ginger and minced cloves. Add milk and take off the heat and let it cool. Put into a bowl some flour, and baking soda. Pour into the bowl the sugar and butter mixture and mix to combine all the ingredients. Place the dough on your work surface and knead until you have a ball of dough. Once you have a ball wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge over night.
While the dough is in the fridge, take a cardboard and start drawing the walls of your house. You’ll have to measure the roof, the walls, the chimney and the door. When your dough is ready you can roll it out on your work surface with a rolling pin. Take your cardbord, place it on the dough and cut each piece using a knife and place it on a baking tray covered in parchment paper.
Cook for 10 minutes at 170C°, until golden brown. When all the parts of your house are ready, you can assemble them using some hot caramel. When the house is ready you can decorate it ( which I think is the best part of the process) I used some frosting to decorate the roof and some M&M’s to mimic the shingles. Just have fun with it, it doesn’t matter if your house it’s not perfect. Decorate it with your friends or with your family, listening to some Christmas songs. It will definetly put you in the Christmas spirit!
Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you try to make it!