Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is you

Monday, 24 December 2012

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If there's one thing to get you in the festive mood, then in my opinion- it's a good 'ol kitchen sesh. Baking gingerbread houses especially (or cheating and just decorating one, but you know...) If you me want to get all Nigella on you, than the fragrances of the ginger and cinnamon are certainly one thing to get you excited (and then pretending the icing sugar is snow is another...) but this is certainly a Christmas cracker. So, if you fancy making a tasty treat that looks equally aesthetically amazing then look no further (recipe taken from Baking Mad's Christmas baking recipes here)

You will need-
- 350g Plain white flour
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate Of Soda
- 2 tsp Ground ginger
- 125g Butter
- 175g Light Muscovado Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 4 tbsp Golden syrup
- 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
- Cut out template from the recipe here
- A cup of chai tea to assist your baking!

To decorate-
- 1/2 Egg Whites
- 500g Icing Sugar
- A dash of lemon juice
- Various jellies/sprinkles/fun for decorating

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/ 350°F, Gas 4. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

IMG_6365p 1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. Rub in the butter and then stir in the sugar. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, and then add to the flour and mix to make a dough. Leave to rest in the fridge for 15 minutes. IMG_6369p 2. Lightly flour a surface and roll out the gingerbread to ½ cm thick. Cut out the sections using the templates, and pop gingerbread onto the baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool! IMG_6370p 3. Put the egg whites in a large bowl, and sift in the icing sugar. Put in some elbow grease and stir to make a thick, smooth icing and add lemon juice for added stickiness. Spoon some of the icing into a piping bag. IMG_6372p 4. Pipe generous lines of icing along the wall edges (or spoon), and join the walls together! IMG_6373p 5. Once dry, repeat the icing with the roof sections and allow to dry for half an hour or so! IMG_6374p 6. Decorate your house with lots of colourful sweets, sprinkles, jellies (and maybe cute fairytale people) to make it look like a real Christmassy North Pole house! IMG_6390p 7. Team the gingerbread with some cosy Christmas tea- Will Ferrell and Hugh Grant entirely optional.
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Wishing you all the most wonderful Christmas tomorrow, I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, family, and good food!

x

P.S Check out Baking mad for cupcake recipes, festive and new years nibbles and much more!

30 comments:

  1. Oh this is snazzy! Looks delicious and very festive. Have a fantastic day tomorrow!

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  2. Oh my gosh! Your gingerbread house looks incredible and so so yummy! Hope you have a great Christmas! xxx

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  3. So lovely, I'll try it next year <3

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  4. Cute little house, Merry Christmas!

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  5. this is amazing! happy christmas!

    http://studsanddreams.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. You've done such a good job, it looks really pretty! It looks like you used a mould for your gingerbread, where did you get it? xx

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  7. omfg this is AMAZING! so adorable :D
    too good to eat XD
    merry christmas! xx

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  8. Looks perfect and very yummy! hapy xmas! xx

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  9. It looks wonderful!! Merry Christmas Olivia :)x

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  10. I ever made gingerbread house but it was totaly failed. haha I am not good at cooking or baking. happy holiday

    http://puputnopitasari.blogspot.com/

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  11. The assembling and decorating is the bit that scares me the most so technically it was the most difficult bits that you did which is just great, I do love it and I in fact contemplated a great deal on whether I should make one just for aesthetic purposes, as no one likes gingerbread at my house! Happy Christmas! XX

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  12. This looks amazing! Yumm..

    Happy Holidays,
    allthatglittersnotgold.blogspot.com

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  13. Ooo I'm in love with this gingerbread house - it looks way too good to eat! Thanks for sharing the recipe lovely, hope you had a very merry christmas :)

    Eda ♥

    Candyfloss Curls, Cupcakes & Couture

    @BloggerEda

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  14. gingerbread house looks delish!

    merry christmas :)

    http://rosealeblog.blogspot.co.uk
    new to blogging!

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  15. Template/mould thing or not, that's a bloody great effort!

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  16. I so want to do this! It's so cute! Hope you have had a lovely Christmas! I've been loving seeing little snippets of your festivities on Instagram! X

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  17. I've never actually made a gingerbread house (misspent youth) but yours looks amazing! Happy Christmas! xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. wowza!! looks great!!

    http://thisgirlloveschic.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  19. This looks amaze :) Happy Christmas x

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  20. Olivia this is seriously a work of art! happy Christmas :) xxxx

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  21. yay it looks so delicious and so amazing same time <3
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