So this is Day 1 of the Leaman Exchange's 12 days of Christmas. We hope you enjoy this post.
I love creating gingerbread houses-but they take lots of patience.
This project from start to finish took about 2 days-which is typical for making your own gingerbread house from scratch. I have horrible patience, so this was definitely a struggle-but well worth it. If you have kids and want them to help out, make the gingerbread dough and cut and bake the walls a day before you want to make it with them.
This is the final version of my gingerbread house. I was going for the Christmas in the woods type feel.
These are all of the ingredients you will need to do all of the recipes in this gingerbread tutorial:
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup dark-brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups unsulfured molasses
6 cups all-purpose flour
Royal Icing Recipe:
1 pound sifted confectioners' sugar or more as needed
1/2 cup pasteurized egg whites (3 large egg whites)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Stained Glass Recipe:
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups white corn syrup
1 cup water
Food coloring, as needed
Items for decorating
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
1-First thing you will need to do is create your dough. I have tried a few different doughs, but have found that the best one is on Martha Stewart's website. You can find the recipe here.
2-I recommend that you let your dough sit overnight before you start to cut out your shapes.
3-To make the gingerbread house pictured above, I have recreated my template for you to use. It is best if you trace and cut your template shapes out of parchment paper. That way it won't stick to your dough while you are cutting. You can download the templates here.
*Tip-Roll out your gingerbread onto a piece of parchment paper already on the pan you will be using to bake them. Place the pan into the fridge for 5 minutes and then begin to cut. Its easier to cut cold dough.
4-Follow the cooking instructions on Martha Stewarts website. Allow the pieces to cool for an hour before you start glueing the parts together.
5-One of the coolest parts of a gingerbread house I think is the stained glass windows. You can make your own using this recipe. It takes about 20 minutes to make, so you can make it up while your walls are cooling. Decide if you want to have the glass in the doors, take a piece of tin foil and place it under the gingerbread piece. Fold the rest of the tin foil along the bottom of the door to make a mold for the glass to sit in. Pour your glass in and let sit for 10 minutes.
6-Prepare your royal icing while you wait. After 3 recipes that all claimed to be the best, I found this one. This recipe is absolutely amazing. I am really considering using it as an everyday glue-it has great instant stick, dries quick and strong. Place icing is a icing bag-make sure your keep about 1/3 left in the bowl to used as the green colour on your trees.
7. Begin places your logs (pretzels) onto the wall of your cabin. Place a small amount of icing down the length of the pretzel stick and place onto the wall. Continue until you have covered all of pieces 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9.
8. Take pieces 5 and 6 and begin glueing your shingles (cinnamon toast crunch). Make sure each layer of shingles overlaps the next one.
9. Find a base for your house to sit on. Cover in tin foil or parchment paper.
10. Glue together pieces 1 through 4. Allow to dry for 10 minutes.
11. Glue the two roof pieces -5 and 6. Allow to dry for 10 minutes.
12. Glue pieces 7 and 8 to either side of 9. Allow to dry for 5 minutes.
13. Place your entryway in the piece 3 and glue in place.
14. Glue pieces 10 and 11 to the top of 9 and allow to dry for 10 minutes.
15. Glue shingles onto pieces 10 and 11.
16. Cut 2 lengths of candy cane about the same height as your door. And glue as pictured above on either side of the door about 3cm away from the wall.
17. Glue piece 12 on an angle to piece 9 and the two candy cane beams.
18. Place your waffle cones around your gingerbread house. With the last of your icing, add green food colouring. Place mixed green icing into a piping bag and colour the outside of the cones. With the left over green icing add moss to roof.
19. Using a sifter, sprinkle confectioners' sugar overtop of your building.
And Voila! You have a beautiful Gingerbread Cottage in the woods.
Thanks for reading, be sure to check out tomorrow's 12 days of Christmas tutorial!