Welcome To How To Cook That I’m Ann Reardon
and it’s that time of year again when we make
a gingerbread house. This one has lights and candy inside and plenty
of chocolate covering the roof. For the gingerbread itself, you’ll need sugar,
milk, ground ginger, cloves, cinnamon, glucose syrup, molasses, bicarb, flour and butter. Add the glucose syrup to the butter and you
can swap that for light corn syrup if you can’t get glucose syrup. And I’ll put all of the recipe quantities
on my website for you and I’ll link to that below. Pour in the molasses and I am doubling this
recipe because I want to make two houses but you can just make the normal quantity if you’re
only making one. And then add the sugar. Mix that all together. Now if you don’t have a stand mixer don’t
worry you can do this with a spoon and to make it easier for you with this recipe you
can actually just warm up the mixture in the microwave so the butter melts and all of the
syrups soften and it makes it really easy to mix up. Now I’m going to split mine into two because
the bowl is so full – if you’re not doubling yours you can skip that step. And then add in the milk and mix that through. Then swap to a dough hook and add in about
half of your flour. And that’s going to still get very full because
we are making a big gingerbread house. So what I want you to do is put the rest of
the flour on your counter and tip the gingerbread mixture onto the top. Then use your hands to mix all the rest of
the flour into the dough. And now yes this is going to be very sticky
and soft but you don’t add more flour, just mix what you have in and then wrap it in plastic
wrap and refrigerate for a few hours. Now it will be firmer and you can roll it
out using a little flour on your rolling pin and some baking paper underneath. And then put your template pieces over the
top and use a pizza cutter to cut along the straight edges. Use a knife to cut out the windows and fiddly
bits but leave them in place. Take off some of the excess gingerbread but
leave a border of spare gingerbread all the way around all of your pieces. This just stops the corners especially the
pointy ones and the edges of the house from getting over-cooked in the oven. Then peel off the template before you put
it in the oven, I sometimes forget that. Then for the little front part roll your gingerbread
quite thinly so it is easier to put together and then follow the same steps as we did for
the other pieces. And you can get the template for this house
and lots of other gingerbread houses on the HowToCookThat website and again I’ll link
to that below. After baking for 15 minutes take your tray
out of the oven and recut the lines and remove any windows. Then put it back in the oven for another 10-15
minutes to dry out. Exactly how long it will take will depend
on how thick you’ve rolled your gingerbread. With the rest of my dough I’m going to cut
out stars to make a Christmas Tree, you can get creative and make fences, a little shed,
a dog kennel or garden beds, anything your heart desires. For the icing we are going to need icing sugar,
pavaolva magic mix or powdered egg white and water. Just mix all those together until you get
a smooth paste. Split it into bowls and add the colours of
your choice. I am making some grey first for outlines. To do different patterns in sections on my
house I’m just going to use a ruler and mark off straight lines across. I’m not trying to cut through the gingerbread,
I’m just trying to leave a line so I’ve got a guide. Then take your grey icing and pipe along the
line and remember to go around the edge on both the front and back panels of the house
because you will be able to see those edges. We also want to draw a line around the edge
of each piece so it gives a border so when we will it with colour it doesn’t just run
off the sides. Now draw a double outline around each of your
windows and an extra bit at the bottom so it looks like a window sill. What you do from there is really up to you,
it’s your house. I am going to put patterns in this middle
section and swirls and shapes just to fill that all in. And then for the bottom to contrast that free-form
bit in the middle, I’m going to do straight lines, cut that into little squares and then
cut those into triangles. And then you can colour that in. Now to colour in the pattern what we need
to do is add a teaspoon of water to some of your icing and mix it through. This is just going to thin it down. Now you want to thin it until it flows like
this, like thick honey. If it’s too thin it will just soak into the
gingerbread, if it’s too thick it’s going to be too hard to work with. For small areas you should be able to dip
a skewer into your red icing , put some on and spread it into the corners. Do the same with the next colour. And this is really just like colouring in
but using icing. I am going to do the swirls in the same colour
so that it ties the two parts of the house together. Once you’ve coloured in all your swirls then
add a bit of green to that colour for in between those swirls and fill that in all the gaps. For bigger spaces you can use a pipette or
a syringe or even a teaspoon to add icing into place and then just spread it out with
your skewer. To decorate a house neatly like this takes
a bit of time, we are going to use this particular one at a picnic with friends tomorrow. The other house that I made the pieces for,
that one is going to look completely different – that is our family gingerbread house – we
have a tradition every year of making a gingerbread house together and everyone gets to decorate
one side however they like – so it looks a bit crazy, it looks fun, a little bit messy. And we eat it for dessert on Christmas Day. Let me know in the comments if you guys have
any Christmas traditions that you like to do every year? I think this house is looking busy enough
so I’m going to make the top section just plain blue, you can spoon that in and again
just use the skewer to spread it into the corners all the way to the edges. For the window frames add in some brown icing,
and now when you make this colour only thin down about 1/4 of it. Leave 3/4 of it thick in another bowl – we’ll
use once this first layer is dry. For the little front pieces I am outlining
them in grey too, all the way around the edge and around the windows. Then filling them with plain cream colour. Once your brown is dry pipe over the thick
brown icing over the top in whatever pattern you like. Now you can make really precise window frames
using fondant. I’ll link you to my other gingerbread house
videos at the end so you can get some other ideas of how to do them. Last Christmas Pastry Chef Mike made a giant
version of one of my gingerbread houses for a meet and greet we had at a department store. It was pretty amazing seeing one of my gingerbread
houses blown up big and even more fun meeting you guys, I love meeting subscribers face
to face. To assemble the walls of the house I am going
to use compound chocolate because it sets quicker than royal icing so it’s a bit faster
to put it together. Pipe along the base of two walls and up one
side of the back. Then position those two bits into place. Add more chocolate on the other side and add
your next wall to that edge. Now pipe along the outside edge of the side
walls and across the base and put the front of the house into place. For the windows I am using gelatin sheets,
these are technically edible, but they don’t taste great so I’d suggest not actually eating
them. I’ve got other alternatives for windows in
the other gingerbread house videos as well. Take the centre support piece and put chocolate
along one side. Down on the bottom inside the house and up
the other side. And put that into place – and this piece will
help hold the roof on when we put that on in a minute, you’ll see how that works. Now for that little front section, use more
chocolate to glue that into place. Once all that chocolate is completely set
if you want to add a light just loosen the house from the base and add the light into
place threading it under and in. Now make sure you are using a globe that doesn’t
get hot or you might burn your whole house down not just your gingerbread house. Use chocolate to secure the house back into
place onto thee board. And then before the roof goes on, add lots
of candy to the inside of the house – I had a little helper who was very excited to help
me do this. Then add chocolate along the joins of the
roof and add your roof pieces into place, you are going to need to hold them there for
a moment until you can feel that the chcoolate is starting to set and they’re going to be
able to hold there. And then you can pipe more chocolate along
the joins and it’s important to make sure that there’s no light that comes out anywhere
from the house except for the windows – you don’t want it coming through cracks in the
roof. Add the little roof bits into place at the
front too. And that roof is looking a bit plain so let’s
add some Freckles – that’s what we call these chocolates here in Australia, let me know
if you have a different name for it in other countries. Add them in rows like roof tiles all over
the roof. Then add jelly beans along the top edge. Add some chocolate to the roof of the entry. And if you scrape down using a serrated knife
as it sets you’ll get a nice pattern on this little roof. For your tree you just need to stack up your
stars, I like to use two of each size so the tree ends up a bit taller. Then add jelly beans to the sides to make
it colourful and pretty. Cover the base with melted white chocolate. And if you don’t want the ground to be flat
you can always just add some marshmallows or candy and drizzle them with chocolate so
you have a little bit of uneven ground there. Add your tree into place on one side and use
a tree strainer to shake some icing sugar to make it snowy. If you make a gingerbread house this year
you can post a photo of it in the comments section on the website so I can see it. Subscribe to HowToCookThat for more crazy
sweet creations, click here for the recipe, here for more gingerbread houses and Christmas
ideas and here for the latest video. Make it a great week and I’ll see you Friday.

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  10. my son will be 11 months on Christmas and i will be doing a gingerbread house every year. i also want to make it a tradition to leave carrots, cookies and milk for santa. pick out a special christmas tree decoration

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  12. I want to make a gingerbread house this year… I'm a bit nervous though as the first time I tried it fell to pieces… I like the idea of using compound chocolate though!!

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  16. My personal recipe for "Making a Gingerbread House":
    1. Go to the supermarket, preferably at least a few days before Dec. 24
    2. Locate the Christmas products aisle
    3. Find the packaged "Gingerbread House Kits" (with pre-baked, pre-shaped parts and all decorations included)
    4. Resist fainting at the price tag
    5. force yourself to pay for it rather than shoplift it
    6. take it home
    7. put it together

    The only advice I would add to this simple recipe is do NOT let the kids "help", as they will eat half the building material aka icing, plus half the decorations, leaving you with a half-collapsed, half-decorated mess.

    Seriously though, anyone who does more than this has my eternal admiration. The gingerbread house in this video is a stunner.

  17. well not exactly tradition but my mom says i can be in charge of pecan pie for thanksgiving and making the apple cider for holidays . w.

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