Royal Family shares Gingerbread House baking video

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On the Royal Family’s website, Buckingham Palace has shared a variety of Christmas recipes, with one being how to make “the perfect Gingerbread House”. The chefs shared the ingredients, as well as the best method for creating the impressive sweet treat.


1000g plain strong flour

14g bicarbonate of soda

28g ground ginger

14g ground cinnamon

355g butter, unsalted

500g light brown sugar

140g egg

175g golden syrup


First, mix the flour, bicarbonate, and spices together.

Add cold diced butter and continue mixing until you reach the crumb stage.

Add sugar and briefly combine. Next, add eggs and syrup, before mixing until dough is formed.

Divide the mixture into two blocks, knead together by hand and flatten.

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Wrap and chill for a few hours before rolling to approximately 5mm thickness for the house parts and approximately 3mm for smaller decorative parts.

Cut gingerbread house shapes using the template.

Place on baking trays and chill again before baking.

For the windows, crush boiled sweets into the spaces you have cut.


Fan oven 165C

18+ minutes for house pieces

12+ minutes for smaller pieces

Royal icing


150g icing sugar

200g egg white

50g lemon juice

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Sieve the icing sugar and combine it with egg white and lemon juice by hand first, before placing it into a mixer.

Paddle together on low speed for about two minutes, then scrape the sides and paddle well.

Continue mixing on low speed for approximately another five minutes until a creamy hard peak consistency is reached.

For piping, loosen the icing with some water. To assemble the gingerbread house, use hard peak icing.

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