Do you want to make a Gingerbread House? A Christmas tradition Thermomixed

Thermomix Gingerbread House

Why is it that Gingerbread Houses go with Christmas?  Apparently, (according the Google) the art of Gingerbread making goes back centuries. It was brought to Europe by an Armenian Monk in the 10th Century, it’s not entirely clear where from? Anyone? The skill then spread across religious institutions, it was popular for monasteries to sell it. It was also popular with the Swedish Nuns but the Germans are credited with being the first to make gingerbread houses and starting the Christmas time tradition but it was when the Brothers Grimm wrote “Hansel and Gretel” that they really became popular although there is debate on which came first, so after all that there is no firm answer to the question!

Back to the present day, as we are living in a construction site at the moment we haven’t put up our tree yet, insert sad faces from the girls, I did make one on the wall using washi tape but apparently that does not cut it!  To make up for the lack of decorations we are participating in Elf on the Shelf escapades this year and we have made a Gingerbread House a good effort considering the renovation I think!  We will have a tree for Christmas though even if it gets put up Christmas Eve!

Elf on the Shelf 2015

Meet “Buddy” the Elf and the tree the girls don’t rate. I thought I was being quite creative!

 

We were lucky enough to be gifted some gingerbread house moulds from Thermomix (this is not a sponsored post btw but they made the whole house making so easy I’m happy to spruik them, even if you don’t have a Thermomix these moulds are great and you can use a traditional method to make the gingerbread).  I was delighted to receive them as it’s so hot & humid in TNQ that you really need to be indoors with the air con on for most of the day, creating in the new kitchen is one activity we can actually do at home at the moment.  I made the gingerbread at night (too hot to do in the day & you need to let it harden up overnight anyway), link to Thermomix recipes below, and then we had a great time assembling and decorating the house.

Step by Step gingerbread house making

We did have one side that collapsed but it was easily fixed with the royal icing that sets like glue, it adds to the charm right?!  Anyway shows that it is authentically home made by the kids doesn’t it, and not everything is Pinterest perfect! (Although I did have to surpress my OCD, perfectionist tendencies and let the girls do it their way)

We then went away for a couple of days so we wrapped it up and made it look extra pretty.  When we got home some of the girls friends came over to check it out and ….

Smashing Gingerbread House

Gingerbread smash!

 

demolished it in one easy session!  The gingerbread recipe is a really good one, one of the girls even gave the highest compliment saying it was the best gingerbread she has ever had (in all her 6 years!).

The actual recipe I used came with the moulds but is copyright, this one is close from the recipe community.

Here is a link to a You Tube video on how to make the house (I wish I had actually watched this before I made mine!)

For ease below is my gingerbread recipe that I usually use to make gingerbread men with it can also be used for the house (see original post here for how to make gingerbread men Christmas tree ornaments, they will get eaten before they get to the try though guaranteed!).

Gingerbread men

Gingerbread House Thermomix

Ingredients

  • 125g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 50 g brown sugar
  • 230 g golden syrup
  • 375 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 egg yolk

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar, Speed 4 / 15 seconds, scrape sides
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients and combine Speed 3 / Reverse / 25 seconds. Scrape sides
  3. Knead the dough 1 minute kneading function and then remove from the TM.
  4. Form the dough into a ball and put into a large bowl, cover with cling film and put in the fridge for an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and set aside 2 baking trays
  6. Divide the ball up into 7 equal sized balls and press each one into each mould filling half way, 1 will fill all the smaller moulds.
  7. Put the moulds on the baking trays and then bake for 11 - 14 minutes or until golden
  8. Remove from oven but leave on the trays for about 20 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Leave overnight to firm up.
  9. Watch the video on how to construct the house
http://www.boiledeggsandsoldiers.com/2015/12/do-you-want-to-make-a-gingerbread-house/

Do you decorate Gingerbread Houses at Christmas? Do you eat gingerbread at Christmas?

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8 comments on “Do you want to make a Gingerbread House? A Christmas tradition Thermomixed

  1. Erin
    December 16, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Aw, the house looks great! At least it did… But if it tasted good it doesn’t matter if it fell down or not! The cookies definitely LOOK delicious 🙂 I think I’ve only made a gingerbread house once, it was probably 15-17 years ago and we were in no way allowed to eat it (store bought package, probably made months before) but it was fun to make! Maybe I’ll pick up another building package this year, you’ve made me want to have another shot at it 😉

    Erin
    http://sexycardi.blogspot.ca

    • Vicki
      December 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Oh I hope you do make one, it’s fun for all. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  2. peregrinationgourmande
    December 16, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Thermomix mould are really cool and good quality. Your house is amazing. We don’t have the golden syrup here. I’ll have to bring back chia, golden syrup, molasses, sweets…. xx cathy

    • Vicki
      December 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      No golden syrup?! What do you use? The moulds are great aren’t they

  3. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    December 18, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Woo hoo! You’ve saved me! I made a gingerbread house with my nephews a few years ago and it was a disaster. We’re heading up to Brisbane to have Christmas with them this year and I’m seriously tempted to take my Thermomix and attempt another one! I hope you have a beautiful and relaxing Christmas with your family Vicki!! xx

    • Vicki
      December 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      I hope you have a lovely Christmas too (I’ve taken my Thermomix on holiday with me before!).

  4. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    December 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I need to get me one of those moulds because I am great at decorating the structure and of course, eating it, but fail miserably at building it! Yours looks so festive, fun and totally delicious!

    • Vicki
      December 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      You would love the moulds!! x

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