Gingerbread has always been associated with Christmas. That’s why you never find it all year round. Gingerbread is wholly solely for the Winter holidays. Not only that, but it’s also very versatile. You can make gingerbread men, gingersnaps, and my favorite, mini gingerbread houses.
The story behind gingerbread houses is also very interesting. You remember the fairytale (more like a witch tale) of Hansel and Gretel. Well, the kids went into a house made of candy, right? This intrigued people into making something similar. Many believe that’s how they first started making mini gingerbread houses. They are delicious, they are fun, and they are super cute (I am sorry. I have a thing for miniatures).
The recipe for mini gingerbread houses isn’t complicated, but all you need is a tad bit of architect’s flair. If you love the Gingerbread man from Shrek as much as I do, make some for your mini gingerbread houses. I think it’ll be nice. So, now let’s move to the recipe for mini gingerbread houses. But before you read out the entire recipe, check out other appetizing desserts from our blog.
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What Equipment Will You Need To Make Mini Gingerbread Houses?
- Large Bowl, Medium, and Small Bowl- Use the bowls for mixing dry and wet ingredients separately.
- Baking Tray and Parchment Paper- These are used to place the dough when baking.
- Oven- Bake your gingerbread ‘bricks’ for the house in the oven.
- Food Processor- Blend the flour and butter in the food processor.
- Piping Bag, Knife, and Spoon- Put the icing in the piping bag for easier application. Use the knife for cutting and trimming the edges and a spoon for mixing.
How Much Time Will You Need To Make Mini Gingerbread Houses?
|Preparation Time||Cooking Time||Total Time|
|40 Minutes||45 Minutes||1 Hour 25 Minutes|
What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Mini Gingerbread Houses?
- Plain Flour- I don’t have an innovative way to say that you can’t make bread without flour.
- Light Soft Brown Sugar and Golden Syrup- Add sweetness to the bread by adding brown sugar and then golden syrup (aka liquid gold, not really).
- Cold Butter- The butter adds taste and texture to the bread.
- Eggs- Add eggs to make moist and rich bread.
- Mixed Spice and Ground Ginger- This gives the bread a hot and spicy Christmassy taste.
- Baking Soda- A little leavening to make it rise and shine.
- Royal Icing Sugar and Balls of Regal Icing- Use icing to both glue and decorate your gingerbread houses.
Steps To Make Mini Gingerbread Houses
1. Here Flour, There Flour, Everywhere Flour Flour
Take a food processor and add half of the flour and all of the butter to it. Blend them together and make sure there are no lumps.
Add the remaining flour with mixed spices, ground ginger, and baking soda to a bowl and mix. Put the flour and butter mixture from the food processor and brown sugar into this bowl and mix again.
Then, take a medium bowl and whisk eggs and golden syrup in it. Add them to the flour mixture as well. Mix everything and knead the mixture using your hands into a smooth dough.
2. Shaping The Gingerbread
Keep your oven preheated to 200℃. Then, divide the dough into four parts. Roll one part of the dough at a time on parchment paper to a thickness of about 5mm. Trim the edges and then cut small pieces from it to make the gingerbread house. Cut the dough to make 4 walls and 2 big parts for the roof.
Place the parchment paper on the baking tray and bake them for about 8-10 minutes until they have a rich brown color. Your prep for making the gingerbread house is ready. Now, it’s time to assemble your tiny houses.
3. An Architect’s Flair
Then, take them and cut little windows and doors in the wall pieces of bread. Now, take the icing sugar and mix it with some water until you have thick and stiff icing. Add this to a piping bag.
Arrange the walls in a way they make a square room and glue the walls on edge with the icing. Then, wait until they are set and add more icing if needed. After that, arrange the pieces of bread for the roof and use the regal icing balls to set them. Shape the balls into long cylinders and place them on top of the edges and hold them until set.
Decorate the houses with the remaining icing, sugar, and sprinkles. Your mini gingerbread houses are ready!
|Saturated Fat||7 g|
How Will The Mini Gingerbread Houses Look And Taste Like?
The mini gingerbread houses look like the cutest thing ever. The small houses have big bread roofs and are glued together with icing. They are decorated with sprinkles that look like confetti. Not only pretty, but these gingerbread houses are also delicious. The gingerbread has an old-fashioned taste with a hot taste of spices and ginger. The golden syrup and brown sugar give it a taffy-like sweetness. The icing complements the gingerbread flavor. Pick and devour the mini gingerbread houses to feel like a giant rampaging a village or not.
Mini Gingerbread Houses Recipe
- 2 Large Bowls
- Medium and Small Bowl
- Baking Tray
- Parchment Paper
- Food Processor
- Piping Bag
- 1 kg Plain Flour (plus some extra for dusting)
- 450 g Light Soft Brown Sugar
- 300 g Cold Butter (diced)
- 2 tablespoons Mixed Spice
- 2 tablespoons Ground Ginger
- 1 tablespoon Baking Soda
- 300 g Royal Icing Sugar
- Few Small Balls of Regal Icing
- 3 large Eggs
- 225 g Golden Syrup
- In a food processor, add half of the flour and all of the butter and then mix them. Make sure they are mixed well and there are no lumps formed.
- In a large bowl, add the remaining flour with mixed spices, ground ginger, and baking soda to and mix. Add the flour and butter mixture from the food processor and brown sugar to this bowl and mix.
- In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and golden syrup and add them to the flour mixture as well. Mix everything and knead the mixture using your hands into a smooth dough.
- Also, keep your oven preheated to 200℃. Then, divide the dough into four parts. Roll one part of the dough at a time on parchment paper to a thickness of about 5mm. Trim the edges and then cut small pieces from it to make the gingerbread house. You’ll need four equal parts to make the bread walls and two big equal squares for the roof.
- Place the parchment paper on the baking tray and bake them for about 8-10 minutes until they have a rich brown color.
- Then, take them out and if you want, cut little windows and doors in the wall pieces of bread. Now, take the icing sugar and mix it with some water until you have a thick icing. Add this to a piping bag.
- Arrange the walls in a way they make a square room and glue the walls with the icing. Then, wait until they are set. After that, arrange the pieces of bread for the roof and use the regal icing balls to set them.
- Decorate the houses with the remaining icing, sugar, and sprinkles. Your mini gingerbread houses are ready!
This is all I can tell you about making min gingerbread houses. If you want to know anything more, ask away in the comments below. I’ll make sure to get back to you. I wish a very happy cooking.