Tom’s Gingerbread House Recipe
Tom’s gingerbread house is a rich, indulgent gingerbread delight Baker Brothers style, complete with frosted windows, roof lights and a smoking chimney pot.
Note – no bicarb of soda or baking powder in this gingerbread mansion recipe, makes it a lot crunchier and better to work with, giving a really nice solid construction that will last longer than traditional ones. It also means that you don’t need to recut the gingerbread after it’s been cooked as it holds its shape really well.
Tom’s Gingerbread House recipe: Templates
To aid you in the construction of Tom’s Gingerbread Mansion we have created templates for each of the elements – these have been created at 100% size for you to use.
Simply download our PDF and print out all of the template sheets (6 A4 pages), then fix together, now you are ready to start construction.
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For the house
600g dark muscovado sugar
8 tbsp golden syrup
6 tbsp stem ginger syrup
2 tbsp treacle
1.5kg plain flour
2 tbsp ground mixed spice
4 tbsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
13 coloured boiled sweets
For the glue
2 large egg whites
500g sifted icing sugar
2 large baking trays (minimum 34x24cm of flat area)
big mixing bowl
a big tray or board to house the mansion
silicone paper/greaseproof paper/no-stick matts
large piping bag with 5mm hole
First of all, decide what shape and style your house is going to be. This is enough dough to make a house about 30cm wide x 25cm deep x 40cm high.
Make a template for the house – 4 walls, 4 pieces for the chimney, 2 pieces for the roof and 2 for the eaves. Make sure that they are cut perfectly and will fit together.
Put the butter, muscovado sugar, golden syrup, ginger syrup and treacle into a saucepan and warm over a gentle heat until melted then turn the heat up and bring to a simmer, whisking to combine.
Meanwhile, sift the flour and spices into a large separate bowl.
Remove the mixture from the heat and pour into the flour, mixing with a wooden spoon as you go until it forms a soft dough. CAUTION HOT.
Knead lightly so it all comes together then lay onto a large sheet of cling film or parchment and flatten into a disc about 1cm deep. Leave for about 10 minutes until it is cool enough to handle.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
Roll the dough onto grease proof/silicone paper/non-stick mats, to about 3-5 mm thick then cut out into 4 walls and 2 pieces of roof, using your template. (If you keep them on the silicone, it makes it easier to move to the baking tray).
Lay onto baking trays and place the boiled sweets into the window spaces, right in the centre – for a 5g boiled sweet, the window needs to be a 3cm x 5cm rectangle or thereabouts. For the bigger side window, just add in one more sweet.
Slide into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and slightly firm - the boiled sweets should have melted to fill the window areas totally.
Remove from the oven and cool on a flat surface until totally cold and the gingerbread and windows have gone totally hard.
Repeat until all the gingerbread is baked.
Make the glue by whisking the egg white into the sifted icing sugar until it forms a smooth paste then put into a piping bag.
In order to assemble the house, you need quite a few tins of food (like baked beans, or anything nice and heavy) to act as building bricks… Choose the board/tray that you’re going to assemble on, making sure it’s big enough to hold the house and any garden decoration.
Pipe a little icing onto the bottom of one of the walls and press down onto the board.
Use 2 tins to balance the wall – one either side.
Pipe more icing along the side edge and the bottom and side edge of another wall. Press the walls together to form a 90 angle, pressing the bottom of the second piece of wall onto the board. Repeat with each wall, icing the bottom and the edge then sticking together using the tins to balance each wall as you go. They will need to stick together for at least 1 hour before you can place the roof on top. TIP, go easy on the glue, a smaller amount will set quicker and you can apply more on top and fill in any gaps later to firm the whole mansion up.
On the inside at the door end (under the eves) glue the 3 small windows like a table glued to the wall. This’ll be used to set the chimney on so it stands proud of the roof.
While the walls set, ice the edge of the 2 pieces of roof and press together, balancing on the end, again, using tins to help them stay upright. Add the eaves and once they have set, build the chimney with the shorter length at the front, (this’ll allow the smoker hose to go up) ice the 2 longer sides then stick onto the end of the roof. Repeat with the other end.
When the roof has stuck firm and the walls have stuck firm, then ice the tops of the walls and carefully lay the roof on top, pressing down very gently.
Now it’s time to add whatever you fancy – LED lights, smoke, er, edible glitter, a family and all their possessions. Use any spare glue to decorate the mansion, attach the front door.