Homemade Gingerbread House with Pattern & Recipe: Part 1

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If you follow Me & My Veritas on Facebook, you’ll know already that I made two homemade traditional German-style Gingerbread Houses. The best is: All parts are edible! It was my first attempt with Gingerbread Houses and, I must admit, it was lots of work but also lots of fun! If you would like to make your own Gingerbread House, I will provide you here with a very detailed How-To guide. Have fun and please do not forget to send me your creations so that I can add them to my Your Makes Gallery.

List of the materials (for ONE Gingerbread House):

  1. Liquid honey (525 g)
  2. Butter (150 g)
  3. Sugar (150 g)
  4. Salt
  5. Flour (900 g)
  6. Baking powder (1 tea spoon)
  7. Gingerbread spices (18 g or more)
  8. Icing sugar (about 675 g)
  9. Egg white (about 3)
  10. Mini Wheats cornflakes (1 package)
  11. Smarties (2 handfull)
  12. Sandwich bag (about 3)
  13. Cotton candy
  14. Peppermint candy (4 pieces) and candy canes (6 pieces)
  15. Icing pens (white, red, and green)
  16. A pair of scissors
  17. Various home appliances to give support (cups, box of tea, etc.)
  18. This Gingerbread House Pattern

STEP 1: Fill honey, sugar, butter, and a dash of salt into a pan. Heat it up while stirring continuously.

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Continue until there are no sugar crystals left. To test this, dip a teaspoon into the final liquid and lift it again. The liquid will drop back into the honey/sugar/butter solution. If there are no or almost not sugar crystals left on the tea spoon you can take the pan from the stove. Let the solution cool down.

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STEP 2: While the honey/sugar/butter liquid cools down, prepare the flour mixture. Mix flour, baking powder, and gingerbread spices in a second bowl.
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STEP 3: Sift the flour mixture onto the cooled honey/sugar/butter liquid and knead everything carefully. The final dough will be quite thick and dry. It will look like this:

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STEP 4: The dough should rest now for at least 2 hours. I let mine sit in the kitchen at room temperature without covering it. If you want to store it for longer than 2 hours (e.g., over night), wrap the dough into clear foil, and store it in the fridge.

STEP 5: While the dough rests, you can cut out the shapes of the house (see pattern above). You should have 7 pieces in total: 1 base plate piece, 1 roof piece (shown in the pic below), 1 side wall piece (shown in the pic below), 1 front/back wall piece (shown in the pic below), and 3 chimney pieces.

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STEP 6: When the dough is ready, roll it out until the dough is about 5 mm thick. Cut out 2 roof pieces, 2 side wall pieces, and 1 front and 1 back piece.

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Also, cut out a plate base piece. I took a huge round lit as a guide. You can simply take the pattern I provide above.

5_BasePlate

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For the chimney, cut the small and large rectangular pieces once each. For the piece with an angled side, cut 2 pieces (see picture below for clarity).

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STEP 7: Place all pieces onto a baking sheet (covered with baking paper). If you like, you can cut out a window and a door from the front piece. Make sure to bake the door, too. Also, cut windows into the side walls, if you wish.

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STEP 8: Bake all pieces at 200 deg C or 392 deg Fahrenheit: 10 min for the walls, 15 min for the base plate.

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STEP 9: Let all baked pieces cool down properly. They will become somewhat harder and more robust.

Now you are ready to assemble the Gingerbread House. I will show you how in Part 2 of this tutorial.

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18 thoughts on “Homemade Gingerbread House with Pattern & Recipe: Part 1

  1. I’ve always wanted to make a gingerbread house from scratch but never knew how to, and my mum never made them at all with us. Now that Fifi is older, I might try making one with her, tho I’m sure she’ll have it all in bits before it’s even finished. LOL But it’ll still be fun. 🙂

    Glad to see you posting again too – I missed seeing you. We saw a Veritas sewing machine in Rewe Markt in Perl a few months ago and I thought of you. 😀 (I wanted to buy it but I already had one and couldn’t justify to buy another one. But now I bought a different one (Singer) with more stitches so hubby bought my old Toyota off me. It’s frustrating him no end tho cuz he doesn’t listen to me to learn how to sew properly instead of just mucking thru or asking me, who doesn’t know, how to do things. *sighs*)

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  2. Awww, this is so nice to say! Thank you! I’m missed to blog, too. However, everything is so crazy at the moment. How is it going with you? Hope you are alright and having a fantastic Pre-Christmas time! Hugs to you, Jana

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  3. Hi Deb, Thank you so much for stopping by even though it has been so quite here for so long… So I could have asked you for advice before. 🙂 Was so worried about the icing glue. However, everything worked out very nicely and we are looking forward to eat it up at one point. If you ask me, yes, it’s time to make it with your grandson. 😉 Hugs to you, Jana

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  4. Hahaha. Taking the house apart will definitely be fun, too! Just give it a try with Fifi. If you keep her busy with decorating the roof, you’ll have enough time to put the main parts together. And thank you for thinking of me. This is soooo nice and touches my heart! I’m still making things (designed a raglan shirt pattern and made lots of shirts; also a play mate etc.). However, life is so crazy at the moment, that I can’t stay awake late. And tutorials always take a lot of time, right?! Congrats to your new Singer. I envy you. 😉 Lots of hugs to you and have a lovely evening, Jana

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  5. Hi Jana, this time of the year is so busy. I know what you mean and I don’t even have children yet! I’ve been ok, just very busy too haha! Warm wishes, sil

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  6. I used to do a gingerbread house every year then fell out of the habit .., not sure why! It’s so fun. You’ve inspired me to do one again!

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  7. So gorgeous. One day when I’m not in the throes of home renovation I might attempt these. A beautiful theme for Christmas — looks good, smells good, tastes good. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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  8. Hi, Jo! Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s never to late to make one of these. Would be fun if you make a Gingerbread House according to your real home! 🙂 Have a lovely day, Jana

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