Recipe

Mini gingerbread houses

These mini gingerbread houses are a kid friendly project that will get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

  • 2 hrs preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Makes 4
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Ingredients

Mini gingerbread houses
  • 3 cup (450g) self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup (165g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 185 gram butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (270g) golden syrup or treacle
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (70g) all-bran cereal
  • silver cachous
  • assorted lollies
  • 3 cup pure icing (confectioners’) sugar
Royal icing
  • 3 cup (480g) pure icing (confectioners’) sugar, approximately
  • 2 egg whites

Method

Mini gingerbread houses
  • 1
    Process flour, sugar, spices and butter until mixture is crumbly. Add syrup and egg; process until combined. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth. Wrap dough in plastic; refrigerate 1 hour.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, cut out paper patterns for gingerbread houses. Cut two 7cm x 9cm rectangles for roof; two 6cm squares for side walls, and two 7cm x 9cm rectangles for front and back walls. Trim front and back walls to form two 6cm high gables.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Roll dough between sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Peel away top paper; use patterns to cut shapes from dough. Pull away excess dough around shapes; slide baking paper with shapes onto oven trays. Bake for 12 minutes or until shapes are slightly firm. Repeat three times with remaining pastry to make a total of four houses.
  • 4
    While shapes are still warm and soft, use tip of a sharp knife to trim all shapes to straighten sides; transfer shapes to a wire rack to cool.
  • 5
    To make royal icing; sift sugar through a fine sieve. Lightly beat egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer; beat in sifted sugar, a tablespoon at a time. Continue beating until icing reaches firm peaks; cover tightly with plastic wrap until ready to use.
  • 6
    Assemble houses, securing roofs and walls together with icing. If possible, stand houses several hours or overnight, supporting sides with four cans, so that they are thoroughly dry before decorating. Spread royal icing onto roofs, decorate with All-Bran and cachous. Decorate houses with lollies, securing with royal icing. Dust house with a little sifted sugar.

Notes

Houses will keep for a week or so, weather permitting. If you know that the weather will be wet or humid, return the trimmed gingerbread to the oven to dry it out completely.