Make your own Gingerbread House
1. Get some Inpirations
searches online (we recommend Pinterest) for "Gingerbread House" and take note of what you like and what you don't. Most importantly, read through all the 10 steps before you begin.
2. Get ready & put your gloves on!
Have a comfortable worktop to do this, such as your dining table. You may want to place the parts on a large plate or a chopping board. Identify all the parts of the Gingerbread House. You will start by piping the designs before assembling the pieces together to make your Gingerbread House.
3. Make the royal icing
Get a medium-sized bowl and a whisk or a large spoon. Empty the meringue powder into the bowl, add xxxml of water and whisk for a few seconds until incorporated and frothy.
Next, reserve 2 tsp of icing sugar and put aside. Add the rest of the icing sugar (balance minus 2 tsp) into the meringue mixture and whisk or stir until it is nice and smooth. Once smooth, fill your piping bag with the royal icing - do not overfill the piping bag, just fill half way through the bag is enough.
4. Get piping!
Make a tiny snip, about 1-1.5mm wide, off the end of your piping bag with royal icing. Holding the piping bag in a comfortable position, pipe random squiggles/lines on the plate so that you get the feel of the royal icing. If the opening is too small, making it difficult for the royal icing to flow out smoothly, snip a tiny bit more. It's important that you do not end up with an opening that is too big. You'd still create a Gingerbread House, but the piping will not be so fine. Keep piping on your plate to get comfortable with the motion.
5. Start creating!
Let the fun begin! You can start with any of the pieces. The good thing about royal icing is that it's very forgiving. Made a mistake? Fret not!
Just let it dry and set for a minute or two and simply scrape off the part you don’t like. Pipe again!
Pro tip: Do not pipe any details too close to the edges yet. You will be handling the pieces later on when you are “cementing” them together and may smudge the pipings close to the edges.
6. Leave to dry (part 1)
The pieces should dry and set fully before you attempt to assemble your Gingerbread House. This will take anywhere between 8-12 minutes.
7. Let's assemble!
Snip off a larger opening of one piping bag, about 3mm wide. Start with the House Front and the two House Sides. Pipe along one edge of a House Side and immediately stick the House Front to it at a right angle, flushing the bases perpendicular to your work surface. It should stick together within 10s.
Do the same to the next House Side. At this point, your Gingerbread House can stand on its own! Using the same process, pipe more royal icing to the opposite edge of the two House Sides and stick the House Back to them. Voila! Your Gingerbread House foundation is done!
8. Roof it up!
Before sticking the two Roofs on your Gingerbread House, place the Roof pieces over your house so you have an idea of where they should go. Once you are ready, pipe the edge of one half of your Gingerbread House and stick one Roof. Repeat with the other Roof.
9. Make way for Santa!
The Chimney is the final piece to stick onto your Roof. Simply pipe some royal icing on the Chimney base and stick it to One Roof. Now, Santa can “drop-in” at any time! You may also want to touch up your design or add more designs, especially on the edges of the Gingerbread House and where the two Roofs meet.
10. Leave to dry (part 2)
11. Let it, Snow!
Once your Gingerbread House is dry and ready, you can transfer it carefully to your display plate or display stand. Take a sieve and dust the icing sugar over your Gingerbread House, for that snowy effect!
Surround the Gingerbread House with holly leaves, pine cones or other Christmas ornaments to complete the festive mood! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!