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Gingerbread house with gingerbread recipe

Many fairy tales are often about festive, richly laid tables or food that is miraculously abundant. But the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel particularly stimulates the imagination of adults and children alike: the witch’s gingerbread house. Especially to attract children, here are all the delicacies that make children’s eyes light up.

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Since the house is made of gingerbread, which is traditionally available at Christmas time, the edible witch’s house is also haunted by the living rooms especially at this time of year. We have a downloadable guide here. Use your imagination. To make sure everything holds together nicely, you’ll also get a recipe for a white and firm frosting.

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Recipe gingerbread house

Recipe for honey gingerbread with instructions
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Course: holiday dish, pastries
Cuisine: Germany
Keyword: sweet
Difficulty: Experienced
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 1 piece

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 200 g honey (substitute sugar)
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 750 g dark wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp gingerbread spice
  • 1 tsp potash
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp milk

Decoration and icing

  • 1 icing
  • Sweets, dominoes, biscuits, candy canes, fruit gums … everything according to desire, mood and taste.

Preparation

Preparation dough 

  • Melt honey, brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Let everything cool down a bit.
  • Mix flour with cocoa, baking soda and gingerbread spice. Add the egg and the butter mixture. Mix the potash in a small amount of water and add to the dough. Add the milk as needed.
  • Knead the dough well, wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Gingerbread House

  • Roll out the gingerbread dough evenly. Cut the parts for the house according to the template at the end of the document. Window and door are only suggestions. Here you can also let your imagination run wild.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a cooling rack.
  • First, connect the side pieces and the front and back of the house with icing. Our icing recipe is very suitable for this. Support the parts to dry. Once that is all solid, the two halves of the roof are also attached with frosting. Connect the two chimney pieces with icing and attach to the roof.
  • Then also decorate the roof. Place the gingerbread house in a suitable shallow dish or tray. Sugar works very well as snow, which we also used in our illustration.
  • NOTE: For durability, it is advisable to decorate the side and gable parts individually with different sweets. Let dry.
  • TIP: Place small crumbled candies in the windows when baking the dough. How to create beautiful colorful "bull's eye" discs.
Recipe icing
This frosting becomes very firm and is therefore very suitable for a gingerbread house.
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