This year I've really gotten into my baking, so I thought I'd try the time old classic- the gingerbread house. I got my friend Sam round last night and we swapped presents, had some food and made our house. So I thought I'd share the recipe (which I got from bbc) on here.
You will need:
250g unsalted butter
200g ark muscavado sugar (it smells like tobacco)
7 tablespoons golden syrup
600g plain flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
4 teaspoons ground ginger
Royal icing to stick the pieces together
Sweets to decorate
1. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup. Leave to cool
2. In a bowl, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger, then add the cooled butter mixture, and mix to form a stiff dough. Put in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6. Roll out the dough and cut out the sections of the house (a front and back panel, 2 side panels and 2 roof panels. Bake for 12 minutes then leave to cool.
4. Pipe some icing (we cheated and bought some ready made, sorry) along the edges of the front, back and side panels and then stick together on a plate (use a small bowl to hold it up). Leave to stick together for at least an hour.
5. Repeat the process with the roof sections.
6. Here's the fun bit: decoration! We used chocolate buttons for the roof, marshmallows for the chimney, chocolate fingers for the sides, laces for the door, and millions and jelly tots for the decoration. Leave to set then enjoy.