Here is my process step-by-step.I used a cookie cutter set but you could buy a pre made one and just decorate it.
Bake the gingerbread! using the dough recipe below.
- 2-2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp Gregg's Ground Ginger
- 1 cup (220g) firmly packed Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar or Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar
- 150g butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup Chelsea Icing Sugar
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
2. Sift flour, baking soda and ginger together and place in a bowl or food processor. Add Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar or Dark Cane Sugar.
3. Add butter and rub in with fingertips or pulse in food processor until resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add egg and stir or pulse to mix. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour to the mix and wrap in cling wrap. Refrigerate for half an hour.
4. Roll out on lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Using cookie cutters, cut shapes and place on tray. Form leftover dough into a ball and re-roll and repeat cutting out until all the dough is used up.
When your gingerbread pieces are cooled its time to start building!
I made royal icing from the Chelsea Sugar website you can get it here. Its really an awesome icing! I'm going to use it for all my christmas cookie decorating this year.
The most important part of your construction is the first two bits! First you have to spread a thick layer of icing on the bottom of your tray. This helps give your two sides something to sink into.
Make sure you have a thick layer of icing for all of the walls! It takes a good few minutes to set but when it does its like a rock!
Sooo much fun.
Takes a good 3-4 hours total to make but its worth it! Heaps of fun and now we have a huge pill of yummy gingerbread to eat all week!
Below is the gingerbread house after we hacked into it last night...