Gingerbread House - gluten, dairy free
Compulsory Christmas recipe! Totally gluten and dairy free, tasty and not at all crumbly so you can make the perfect house.
Servings: 1 house
- 450 grams plain flour
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum - helps prevent it from being crumbly - not the end of the world if you havent got it!
- 1.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 3 tsp ground ginger
- 190 grams Stork - comes in a block, wrapped in paper
- 100 grams dark muscovado/light brown sugar
- 3 tbsp golden syrup
MAKING THE GINGERBREAD
Melt all the wet ingredients in a pan on a low heat
Once melted, pour into a mixing bowl and add all the dry ingredients. Mix until fully combined into a warm, soft ball. I used a wooden spoon and then my hands at the end
Leave to cool for 15-20mins
Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for at least 30 mins until its at room tempDon't worry if you end up leaving it longer & it gets cold... the next step will help! Bring out of the fridge and work with your hands to soften it. By 'work', I mean play with it like you would blu-tak or playdough until it is less crumbly and more pliable like playdough.
Lay out a sheet of baking paper and roll the dough onto it until it’s about the thickness of a £2 coin. Cut out your shapes and windows if required. Bake at 180oC for about 10mins or until edges are just browning.
Leave to cool, preferably overnight, to harden before construction.
MY CONSTRUCTION & DECOR TIPS
Icing: >Glue with royal icing sugar NOT regular icing. Royal icing sets completely solid so your house will be really stable. You can buy it from any major supermarkets.>I use BBCs royal icing recipe below. Using egg/a replacement is essential however the recipe also calls for glycerine (which you can buy from the cake decorating section of most supermarkets ) but it will solidify without. www.bbc.com/food/recipes/royalicingforcakes_78912/amp>Royal icing will dry quickly but use props like mugs to help hold the sides up for the first 20-30mins whilst it’s drying.
Let the sides dry before adding the roof
Hidden places - Add extra glue wherever possible to make it really solid. I added loads to the inside of the house as it cannot be seen. Doesn’t matter what it looks like so you could even spoon it on and use your fingers to move it around.
Visable places - Add glue to joins with a decorative piping nozzle so it provides stability but also looks pretty!
Use battery tea lights so you don’t have to worry about burning anything with real candles
Don’t worry about being too neat with your gingerbread dough cutting or gluing - a dusting of icing sugar covers all sins!