This is another cute gingerbread project that I made to give away as gifts. I saw this idea on not martha and thought it was really cute. It's a mini gingerbread house that perches on your mug. I remember seeing these before but have never attempted to make one until now. This project took about a week to make as it involves several steps. It's a bit fiddly and time consuming but the finished product looks good! I think I'll stick to making my Christmas Tree Gingerbread Cookies with a hidden surprise as they were less fiddly than these and much quicker too. I used the template provided on not martha and thought my houses turned out bigger than hers. Either that or she has larger mugs as mine seemed to take up half a mug! I also personalised them by writing names on the walls.
I am again sharing this with several blog challenges
AlphaBakes which I am hosting this month and co host with Caroline from Caroline Makes. The letter this month is X for this Xmas inspired bake - mini gingerbread house.
Tea Time Treats hosted by Kate from What Kate Baked and co-hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage. The theme this month is Festive Food Gifts and I think these would make a great festive gift especially with personalised names on the walls.
Calendar Cakes hosted by Rachel from Dolly Bakes and co-hosted by Laura from Laura loves Cakes. The theme this month is Jingle Bell Rock.
Treat Petite hosted by Stuart from Cakeyboi and co-hosted by Kat from the Baking Explorer. The theme this month is Happy Holidays.
Four Seasons Food hosted by Anneli from Delicieux and Louisa from Eat your Veg. The theme this month is Party Food. These would brighten up any party and can be used as place holders if you write names on the walls.
Let's Cook Christmas Party Food hosted by Nayna from Simply Food.
Family Foodies hosted by Louisa from Eat Your Veg and Vanesther from Bangers & Mash. The theme this month is Kids Christmas and this is a perfect project to make with the kids plus they will also enjoy eating them!
Secret Recipe Club Holiday Treats Party
I baked the houses 1 at a time so that I could recut the shapes after baking - you have to be quick as the cookies harden as they cool.
110g dark brown sugar
1 egg yolk
310g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
6 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons mixed spice
100-130 mls golden syrup
For the royal icing
2 egg whites
400g icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 160C.
- Beat butter, sugar and egg yolk in a bowl until smooth.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients until its mixed properly.
- You may need to add a little more golden syrup if the mixture is crumbly.
- Place dough in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface and roll it out to approximately 5mm in thickness.
- Cut shapes using a printed template.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before baking.
- Bake for approximately 7-9 minutes until they are brown.
- Re cut the shapes using the same template as soon as they are out of the oven so that all the pieces are equal sizes and have sharp edges.
- To make the royal icing, beat ingredients together until smooth and glossy - you may need a bit more sugar or a few drops of water depending on the consistency required.
- Pipe royal icing on the walls and add on the doors. Add the roof and allow to dry preferably overnight. You will need to support the house whilst it's drying.
- Crush candy canes in a food processor and sprinkle over the roof.
- Use glitter writing icing to write names on the walls (optional)