I finally made a gingerbread house. It only took me ALL MY LIFE (plus a christmassy playlist)

I have tried so many times to make a gingerbread house. Every time either the template wasn't right, the recipe sucked, the shape changed in the oven, my icing didn't hold. You name it, it happened.

But guess what? I finally did it.
This is less of a recipe post, than a, I-finally-did-it-and-you-can-too, in time for Christmas post. The winning recipe for the gingerbread came courtesy of Vegan Dad, and the template was from BBC Food, but is actually the same template as on the Martha Stewart site, so either is good. I made the icing from Vegan Dad but with coconut milk powder instead of the soy milk powder, I couldn't find that stuff anywhere.

The gingerbread and icing recipes are here, the template here. You'll need to print the template three times so you can cut out each shape.
Once you've made the gingerbread and it's cooled and you've got your icing ready, it's so simple! My favourite bit was choosing the decorations. I went for mint imperials for the paving stones because they look like little snowballs. For the roof tiles I used some dark chocolate 'thins', with an orange fondant filling. I wanted to use more of the lovehearts but I settled with just one on the front door.

You need something that the gingerbread can lean against as the icing sets, I used cans. Grab the front wall and a little side one and ice one edge, then press together and lean a can up against both walls.
Keep going all the way around until all four walls are joined, grab some more cans.
Once that's set, put a whole ton of icing cement in place ready for the roof parts, then place them on gently and help them rest with cans again, try and push the cans against the bottom part of each side of the roof.
Then to add the roof tiles, just ice underneath and gently press them on. I just basically threw icing at this and then stuck on sweets and got completely overexcited that it was actually working. I made little icicles by piping on the icing and then kind of just twisting the nozzle quickly as I pulled it away. And then I made a path out of mints but you could make anything. Gingerbread trees, or cinnamon stick log piles or snowmen made of balls of icing!
I made this this afternoon and already the left hand side of the roof has disappeared. I have no idea where it could be.
To celebrate my gingerbread success, I made a little christmassy themed playlist. You could spend your next free day listening to it and building a little sugary house, it's a pretty killer way to spend a day. Download it here.

The playlist is:
I can dream, can't I -The Andrews sisters
Lines written in Winter -Fionn Regan
White Winter hymnal -Fleet foxes
Mrs Cold -Kings of convenience
Christmas -Leona Naess
Pistachio -Lisa Hannigan
Pianni -Mara Carlyle
Winter Birds -Ray LaMontagne
The was the worst Christmas ever -Sufjan Stevens
The Christmas song -Owl city

26 comments:

vegan.in.brighton said...

Wow, that's so brilliant! I'm totally making one of these this year.

Cesar said...
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Cesar said...

I love the icing icicles

Siobhan said...

wow that's so amazing! I am definitely going to make one this year too. Haven't made one since I was little.x

Tea and Sympatico said...

Well done, that's lovely. I made one for a friend years ago. It took me 2 days to get it to all hold together but it looked good in the end. Then she kept it for so long that when she finally broke it up to eat it, it had started to go mouldy!

Fiona said...

Awesome :) thanks for th vegan recipe link too!

Kiersten said...

How pretty! I like your classy gingerbread house much better than the ones covered in candy.

Kelly said...

That is super adorable! I'd move in to that house in an instant. And YAY for Christmas music - thank you so much for sharing! Glad I'm not the only one getting into the holiday groove already. ;)

Sue said...

Very lovely gingerbread house! I love the paving stones~ Thanks for sharing the playlist, I look forward to listening to it when the time comes to making gingerbread houses :)

Naomi Rose said...

Thanks guys! I'm still on a gingerbreadhousemaking high! Feel a bit sick though...<3

PixieRoseDresses said...

that looks yummieeeeee :)

wintergurl said...

wow . u r creative lol . Nice

David T. Macknet said...

Well done! The real question is, though: will you be the one eating it? ;)

aDeLiNe said...

I want to live there.

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

That looks amazing!!

Amey said...

this is incredible! sorry about the missing roof piece. I wonder what happened. :)

This post is perfect, because I am planning a gingerbread decorating party in a few weeks... I'm gonna follow your links for Vegan Dad's icing and ggbread. thank you!!

phoenix said...

Cute! And I really like the sign on the door. :)

Carolyn said...

Fantastic! My husband made gingerbread houses every Xmas as a kid. This little on is adorable.

Miss Kitchen Witch said...

Oh that looks so pretty!

We were just talking about making a gingerbread house for christmas!


-MsKW

misskitchenwitch.com

meansoybean said...

i'm not an xmas person, but i've alwasy wanted to make a gingerbread house.

soph (owl vs. dove) said...

This looks fantastic! Love the little "Guess Who" sign on the door. I've always wanted to try making a gingerbread house and this post has definitely spurred me on to give it a go!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

I've used that same template for the past few years! Super easy! This looks stunning, by the way!

farawayme said...

this is gorgeous! Love the "guess who" on the door!

Fanny said...

Awesome! My mother always used to make crazy gingerbread houses when I was younger, this year I'll make one myself! Yours is beautiful.

kickpleat said...

That is so amazingly adorable!! I love the guess who candy heart. Too perfect. Okay, I'm getting excited about the holidays!!

Bonjour Juliette said...

Ooooh thankyouthankyouthankyou!
Exactly what i needed today.
Had a super shitty beginning of the week so far, sure building such a magnificent thing will make me OK again. And then i'll eat it. And then everything will be back in order and filled with love & happiness. Sure. Merci beaucoup!