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Gluten free Winter Woodland Gingerbread House

As some of you may remember, last year I made a gingerbread bird house as a Secret Santa gift (you can read more about it here) and another woodland themed gingerbread house for a friend's baby shower. So, this year I have made a gluten free one for my family and I; perfect to sit on my "Winter Woodland Christmas" themed dessert table.

Gluten Free

1 gingerbread house

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 icing to 3mm thick

  2. Cut out base of house components in icing

  3. Press bark impression mat into icing

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

  5. Sprinkle white glitter over each piece.

  6. Make up royal icing as per instructions on packet, and spoon into piping bag with a small nozzle at the end

  7. Pipe a small amount of icing on back of owl and place on front of house. Leave to dry

  8. To build the base, hold the front and one of the sides of the house upright together in one hand to form a corner and with the other hand pipe icing down the inside of the corner and hold together until icing starts to set. Repeat until you have formed a box and leave to set.

  9. Pipe small star shapes around the bottom of the house between the cake board and the house.

  10. Push M&M's on top of the piped stars. Continue piping star shapes along all of the outside joins of the house, pushing M&M's into them as you go. Leave to set.

  11. On the back of one iced roof, pipe icing in a small line around the outside edge. Place on top of gingerbread iced box and hold until icing starts to set. Repeat with second roof piece. Leave to dry. Pipe small star shapes around the edge of roof, and joint at top. Push M&M's into piped stars along front and back edge and joint at top. Push iced birds on cocktail sticks into iced roof joint. Pipe small stars on back of squirrels, owl & leaves, and push onto sides and roof of house in desired position. Pipe small stars onto cake stand and push in cookie mushrooms & acorns.

  12. Dust house in sieved icing sugar. Sprinkle house in white glitter

  13. Leave to set.

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

  • ready to roll icing (white)

  • royal icing

  • 2 Meiji mushroom cookies

  • 3 Meiji almond crunch mushroom cookies

  • 2 petal paste owl

  • Petal paste squirrel

  • 1 pack Chocolate matchmakers (orange)

  • fondant oak leaves

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Glittered Owl on gingerbread bird house
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