We’ve completed our first festive activity already! A couple of weeks ago we had a go at making our very own rustic gingerbread house and we were pretty happy with the results! We used a recipe and template from Mary Berry which we found online here – it was really easy to follow. We loosely followed the instructions for putting it together but as you can see ours varied quite a lot to the original. Here’s how we put ours together…
- First we baked our gingerbread pieces according to the recipe above, we then cut out each piece and left to cool.
- We used a foil circular cake board and covered it in a good layer of royal icing, we spooned it on then roughly spread it out to look like uneven snow.
- Next was the fun part, the assembly of our gingerbread house! First we stuck all the sides together with royal icing, we found it was easier to do this using the covered base as it held each piece together. We held the structure in place for a while to give the icing some time to dry.
- We placed the roof pieces on top with lots of royal icing and again held them in place for quite a while to make sure they didn’t slide off. The chimney was easy to put together and we added this to the back of the house.
- We then covered the roof in big chocolate buttons, ensuring they overlapped like roof tiles. To stick them we used a blob of royal icing at the top and pressed them down firmly.
- Finally we gave our little house lots of decoration! Alongside our resin snowman topper we popped a gingerbread tree at the front with a little dusting of royal icing snow. We used a knife to spread patches of icing onto the buttons, chimney and roof to look like snow then we added some tiny sugarcraft stars!
Do you have any tips or traditions for making a gingerbread house? We’d love to hear them! If you’re looking for finishing touches take a look at our collection of new festive baking decorations here. Please note Party Pieces is in no way affiliated with the creator(s) of the original recipe.