Gingerbread houses are an old German tradition and are great fun to make with the kids come Christmas. You can decorate the walls with lollies and treats. Detail can be added using icing, roof tiles can be made using chocolate freckles and icing sugar for snow.
Taste shared some tips on creating a gingerbread house, starting with the dough.
Mix the butter, sugar and honey in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter softens and the sugar dissolves. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Combine the butter mix and egg in a separate bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead well. Cover and place in the fridge.
If you are planning a gingerbread house, cook your pieces a few weeks before and freeze. That way you only need to account for construction time come Christmas Eve, reducing your stress at such a busy time.
Roll dough straight onto baking paper making it easy to transfer.
Make sure the baking trays you use are completely flat and not warped.
Use butter to stick the corners of the paper down. If they flap up during cooking, your pieces won't connect properly during construction.
Get the cooking time on your gingerbread right. If it is too soft, your house will crumble and if it is cooked too long, it will taste dry.