Blogmas Day 12 – Chocolate Gingerbread House Recipe

Today is Gingerbread House day! And to celebrate, I thought I’d decorate a gingerbread house, with a small recipe twist. A chocolate gingerbread house! Recipe courtesy of Chelsea.

Ingredients

7 cups plain flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cardamom
250g butter
1 cup Golden Syrup
2 cups White Sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 eggs, beaten

Royal Icing
1 egg white
2 ½ – 3 cups Icing Sugar
1- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
Mixed lollies for decoration

Method

Preheat oven to 170°C. Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. In a large saucepan heat butter, golden syrup and sugar over a medium heat stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool 15 minutes then beat in lemon juice and beaten eggs. Pour sugar mixture into dry ingredients and work into soft pliable dough – (add a few tablespoons of warm water if needed).

Divide mixture into four or five pieces and roll out each piece of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper to a thickness of 2mm, remove top layer of paper. Using the paper template cut out 2 sides, 2 ends, 2 roof panels and 1 base. Note: lay the paper template over the top layer of baking paper and cut around or transfer template to baking paper as normal paper will stick to the warm mixture.

Bake pieces for 10-12 minutes or until golden and set. Let cool and harden.

For icing: Beat egg white in a bowl until fluffy, add icing sugar and lemon juice whisking to a thick white paste. Transfer to a piping bag.

To assemble: First pipe windows, doors, and roof decoration onto gingerbread pieces. Assemble the house on the base using icing to attach the sides and ends, finishing with the roof. Hold each piece for a few minutes until dry and set in place. Use the remaining icing to decorate and attach lollies to the house. Sprinkle with icing sugar snow.

Printable gingerbread house template available here.

I made this a chocolate gingerbread house by replacing 1 1/2 cups of flour with cocoa instead. You can make almost any recipe a chocolate based recipe by replacing about 1/4 of the flour with cocoa.

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Dry ingredients.

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Mixing sugar, golden syrup and butter together.

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It’s very important to hold the eggs like this before use.

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Mixing wet and dry ingredients.

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Checking on the mixture.

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Food porn shot.

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I had to work the mixture a little better together with my hands. I’m wearing gloves because I hate how buttery biscuit mixture feels.

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A gif of decorating the roof.

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Putting the house together.

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Outdoor adornments.

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Working on the what ended up being a very drippy roof.

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Almost done…

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And done! Don’t forget to sprinkle the house with icing sugar, really brings the Christmas look together.

And that’s my chocolate gingerbread house! Will you be making a gingerbread house this year?

Lots of love,
Mrs Greatnews xx

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