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Enchanted Forest gluten free gingerbread bird houses

I love making & decorating gingerbread bird houses and this Christmas was no exception! To match my enchanted forest colour palette I decorated my gingerbread bird house with gold & silver sprinkles. Here's how...

I packaged mine up using pretty white dot & house cellophane bags from Wholeport, tied with dusky rose pink ribbon

Gluten Free

4 Mini bird houses

Method

Gluten free gingerbread

  1. Heat oven to 180 deg C

  2. Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a medium saucepan and, on a low heat, stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat

  3. Place the flour, xanthan gum, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a food mixer

  4. Slowly add the melted butter mix to the flour mix and beat until well combined

  5. Roll dough out to about 8mm thick on to baking paper

  6. Cut out four fronts, then cut small circle out of fronts

  7. Cut out four backs

  8. Cut out eight roofs

  9. Cut out eight sides

  10. Cut out four birds

  11. Slide cut pieces still on the baking paper on to baking trays

  12. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes or until firm to the touch, turning the tray half way through cooking

  13. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then re-cut around edges to neaten

  14. Leave to completely cool

To decorate

  1. Dust icing sugar onto a hard clean surface and roll out coloured icing to 2mm thick

  2. Cut out bird in icing using bird cutter

  3. Dampen back of cut out bird and stick to top of bird cookie

  4. Brush front of iced bird with water and sprinkle with glitter, leave to dry

  5. Dust icing sugar onto a hard clean surface and roll out icing to 3mm thick

  6. Cut out base of house components in icing

  7. Push bark mould into cut out pieces

  8. Brush water onto back of cut-out icing component and place on top of corresponding gingerbread piece. Repeat until all gingerbread house side pieces are iced

  9. Lightly dampen the front of the iced houses and sprinkle in white glitter, leave to dry

  10. Melt pink candy melts as instructions

  11. Paint candy melt onto front of roof

  12. Liberally sprinkle with gold & silver non-pareills, leave to dry

  13. Using a sharp knife, angle the inside edge of the roof so it is 45 degrees

  14. Paint melted candy on to inside of front

  15. Push side of house into candy, hold in place for a minute until candy sets

  16. Brush candy melts around inside of hole in front of house, and along outside edge

  17. Push white candy melt over hole

  18. Brush melted candy on to the inside of the back piece

  19. Push sides of house into candy, hold in place for a minute until candy sets

  20. Brush melted candy on to the top edges

  21. Push roof of house into candy, hold in place for a minute until candy sets

  22. Brush melted white candy on to the entire gingerbread house base piece

  23. Set house on base

  24. Immediately sprinkle with silver sugar crystals before candy sets

  25. Using a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, pipe small stars along the top of the roof

  26. Pipe a star on to back of iced bird cookie and attach to roof of house

  27. Pipe iced stars along front and back edge of the roof

Ingredients

Gluten free gingerbread

  • 250g butter (unsalted)

  • 200g dark muscovado sugar

  • 600g gluten free plain flour

  • 3 tsp xantham gum

  • 7 tbsp golden syrup

  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tsp ginger (ground)

  • 1 tsp cinnamon (ground)

To Decorate

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