Nanny Anita’s Festive Gingerbread House Nanny Anita 16 December, 2013 Arts & Crafts, Food, Living For the gingerbread: 250g unsalted butter 200g dark muscovado sugar 7 tbsp golden syrup 600g plain flour 2tsp bicarbonate of soda 4tsp ground ginger To decorate: A pot of buttercream icing – to mix to help stick all the sweets on. Chocolate buttons Smarties Mini chocolate fingers The sky is the limit to what you could use. To stick the house together: 2 egg whites Icing sugar Method: 1) pre heat your oven to 200c/fan 180c/gm6. 2) mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a large bowl. 3) melt the sugar, butter and syrup in a pan over a low heat so that you don’t over heat the sugar. 4) pour the butter mix into the flour and stir together to make a stiff dough. I found that this makes quite a crumbly mix so add water to it, to make it stick. 5) cut out some templates for the house. 6) roll out about a quarter of the dough (at a time) until it is about a cm thick, then using the templates, cut out the gingerbread into the shapes you need. Place onto a baking tray with baking paper on. 7) cook for 12 minutes then leave to cool for a while on the tray before moving them to a wire rack. Depending on the age of the children you may want to let them decorate the house before you put it together. If they are older then assemble the house using the egg whites and icing sugar. The mixture needs to be very thick so you will need a lot of icing sugar. Do the side walls first and leave to dry for a few hours. I would recommend propping up the walls with something heavy to help keep them in place while it dries. For the roof press them firmly down for a few minutes while they begin to stick and then over night. How you decorate it, is totally up to you, just remember to put out lots of sweets as most of it will probably get eaten!