Making a gingerbread house has always been on my Christmas to-do list, but I’ve never mustered up the courage to try it until this year. I certainly didn’t think I should attempt anything as grand as James Morton’s Shetland inspired barn as seen in the Great British Bake Off. However, as I’m never one to do things by half measures this 11.5 inch tall house is what I came up with. This pepperkakehus recipe and template is adapted from one sent over from Norway by Bestemor (Norwegian for ‘Grandmother’) and I altered it slightly by doubling the quantities of spice and adding some Shetland seaweed, which shows up as lovely little green flecks throughout the dough. I couldn’t for the life of me find any sweets I liked to decorate the house with so I opted for piping Fair Isle knitting patterns in Royal icing instead. Inside there are two battery operated tea lights which make it look like there is a roaring, warming fire inside. All in all I think it’s pretty effective and I’m quite pleased how it has turned out. Not bad for a first attempt!
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a most wonderful Christmas and may 2013 bring you health, happiness and good food! x
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/2 dl caster sugar
- 250 grams treacle
- 125 grams butter
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp Shetland Seaweed Sprinkle
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 600 grams plain flour
- 500 grams icing sugar
- 4 egg whites
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 house
As this recipe is made from scratch and contains no artificial, refined ingredients or colouring I am including it in Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love, Mondays blogger’s round up.
New Year’s Update: I am delighted to hear that I have won the gingerbread competition! Thank you to everyone who voted for me, I really do appreciate it. Lots of love xx
The Crazy Kitchen is hosting a Blog Hop featuring gingerbread houses. Do have a look-see at the lovely creations from around the world!
Edit: In December 2013 I shared this post with Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes and her No Croutons Required link-up as she wants to see our festive photos, and the first photo in this post is one of my favourites I have taken over the years. 🙂