The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 6 – Christmas Gingerbread House

This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve never found the time to do it! As I’ve been on Maternity Leave this past year, I thought it was now or never; once I go back to work I’ll have no time!

This just seems like the most Christmassy thing to do! Gingerbread is so delicious this time of year; I always make sure I make some, and a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte is my ultimate shopping treat!

I didn’t want to make this from scratch as its quite time consuming, and I wasn’t too sure how to approach it, so I thought I’d cheat a little my first time, so I purchased a Gingerbread House pack from Asda (£4.00). I was looking at the ones in John Lewis which were a lot nicer, but were also a lot more money. As I’m a complete beginner at this type of baking, I thought I’d get the cheaper option to start!

This set was super easy to make. It’s sturdy and well made, and because of the base, was able to hold up well with all the decorations. It’s actually the perfect kit for Children to make, as it was easy and fun! All the things you need to decorate are included, so they can just go wild!

I’ve also included my own Gingerbread recipe, that I always use whenever I make Gingerbread biscuits at Christmas. Merry Berry uses it to make her own Gingerbread house, but I usually just skip those bits and make Gingerbread men instead!

It’s quite a solid recipe, so should be quite a good one for making your own Gingerbread house. I might be like The Great British Bake Off, and use it to make some fantastic structure; maybe Buckingham Palace at Christmas time?

Mary Berry’s Gingerbread House


  • 375g/13oz unsalted butter
  • 300g/10½oz dark muscovado sugar
  • 150g/5½oz golden syrup
  • 900g/2lb plain flour
  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger

For the icing

  • 3 free-range egg whites
  • 675g/1½lb icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 tsp lemon juice

To decorate

  • 15 yellow or orange boiled sweets
  • 1 x 30cm/12in square cake board
  • 200g/7oz giant milk chocolate buttons
  • 2 night-light candles
  • 6 cocktail sticks

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