Simple gingerbread house

I saw some of these in morrisons and had a real urge to make a Halloween haunted house. Then found that Lakeland sell cutters to make your house, making it easy enough even for me! We stuck this together with dark chocolate and made spiders, spiders’ webs and ghosts to decorate it, it looked amaxing! A photo will follow eventually but it’s on my old phone 😦 planning to do a Christmas one using white chocolate soon! Most recipes say to use icing to stick it together, but I find chocolate sets quicker and harder. What’s really good about this is that the biscuits were actually really delicious to eat, even after several days, so nothing was wasted!

250g butter
200g dark muscovado sugar
7 tbsp golden syrup
600g plain flour
2 tsp bicarb
4tsp ground ginger

Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan
Stir in flour bicarb and ginger, it makes quite a stiff doug
If you don’t have cutters you need to google a template, or make your own
Roll some dough out to a thickness of 2 £1 coins and cut out 4 sides and 2 roof tiles, plus any people etc you want (my set also included windows)
When cutting out the sides and roof you need to roll your dough out on the greaseproof paper, remove the extra bits, and lift the paper onto the tray. Don’t try to lift the gingerbread on its own as the shape will distort and then your house won’t work.

You need to construct your house in stages. Start with the 4 walls. Use melted chocolate (plenty) to stick them together, place cups in the middle to hold them up, and put in fridge for 10/15 mins
Then put roof on in same way. I was worried about this, but mine was easy.
Decorate with whatever ingredients you have / want. We used leftover coloured icing, initially bought from morrisons for the honey bee biscuits, which was very useful.

This is a great recipe, strongly recommended for some fun time in the kitchen!

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