DIY guest post. Gingerbread house

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I was impressed with Irina's gingerbread house and invited her to become my guest blogger. Isn't her house gorgeous? I have never made a gingerbread house yet. This looks like fun! I hope to make one with the kiddo one day. Irina generously shared her tricks and secrets on how to succeed in this project. Thank you, Irina!


Hello friends! My name is Irina, I am learning how to be a pastry chef in Finland. In this DIY I am going to show you how to make a gingerbread house. 

This one is standing on my table. I took a few pictures while I was making it  just for you!

You will need: 

  • sugar syrup (you may use honey if you do not have the sugar syrup): 150 g (5.3 oz.)
  • sugar: 250 g (8.8 oz)
  • water: 150 ml 
  • baking soda: 12 g (1 tsp)
  • butter: 230 g (8 oz)
  • ground cinnamon 6 g (1 teaspoon without a heap above it)
  • ground clove: 3 g (1 teaspoon)
  • ground ginger: 3 g (1 teaspoon)
  • wheat flour: 575 g (900 ml or 20 oz)

1. Bring to boiling: syrup, sugar and water,

2. Put butter in a bowl and pour your mixture carefully into in. Stir gently. (Use planetary mixer for this, if you have one).

3. Let your mixture to cool down to 104 degrees (it will take about one hour).

4. Sift together: flour, baking soda and the spices. Then add them slowly to the bowl while mixing the dough.

5. Wrap the dough in plastic and leave it in the fridge over night (or longer).

6. Roll the dough. Make it 1/5" in thickness for the house foundation and twice as thinner for other house parts.

Cut out the house parts. Bake them for 6-8 minutes at 375 degrees until the brown color.

Wait for the house parts to cool down before decorating them. You can use the sugar icing for drawing on it and for gluing edible decorations to it, such as sweets, nuts and spices (cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves). 

The sugar icing recipe:

Beat 1 egg white while gradually adding 300 ml of powdered sugar. If you want your icing to harden quickly and /or have a slightly sour taste, then add about a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Use a pastry bag (preferably disposable) to apply the icing to your gingerbread house parts, You can also use a usual zip bag, just cut off  one of the corners to get a small hole.

Use food dyes if you want to add some color to your icing. Squeeze the first drops of the icing on a plate (you will release the excess air and will be able to draw an even line.)

Wait until all the icing hardens before you start putting the house together. The hardening takes about 24 hours.

Use the melted sugar to glue the house parts together. Put it in a pan and wait for it to start melting. Turn down the temperature when it happens. Do not let the sugar boil and get brown. Move the pan to the side, away from the burner, if you notice that it is about to happen. Brown (burned) sugar changes the taste and we do not want that to happen.

Dip your gingerbread house parts in the melted sugar and glue them together. Do this quickly, before your sugar has a chance to boil and go brown. 

Finish putting your house together and evaluate how it looks like. You might want to hide the seals by decorating them with the icing or add more sweets, etc.

House can be stored for 3 weeks or even longer! I wish you delicious and beautiful houses!

Visit my blog for more ideas and recipes: (Russian)

Merry holidays!


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