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1500 in Germany

Gingerbread House

Recipe - told by Philip Dainton

Gingerbread houses originate in Germany, but they have become a popular Christmas family favourite throughout the years. There are a multitude of variations to the gingerbread house now, using various methods, ingredients and decorations.

A fun pass-time, and a great decorative piece, there aren't many you can eat at the end of the season!

Get creative, and have fun, but most of all have a very Merry Christmas!

Steps

1.

Design your template and how you would like your house to look. Remember to roll out the dough thin before baking. To glue the pieces together, melt granulated sugar in a saucepan on low heat and use as an adhesive, take caution as it is very hot. Bake on baking paper so they are easier to move. To make the stain glass windows, crush hard boiled candies and bake for a few minutes, until the pieces have melted and start to bubble. It will set hard.

2.

Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan.

3.

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and create a well in the middle.

4.

Pour the buttery sugar mix in to the well, and gently stir until the mixture is cool enough to work with.

5.

When the mixture is firm and dough-like, roll the dough out on to baking paper using your pre-made templates and bake at 200c (fan oven) for approximately 7-8 minutes.

6.

Leave to cool before you glue your pieces together with melted granulated sugar.

7.

For the icing, mix egg whites and icing sugar with an electric mix for 8 minutes or until the icing forms a stiff peak.

8.

Get creative! Use any sweets, or your favourite treats to decorate your masterpiece.

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