Gingerbread Shed Recipe and Build. How to make your very own Gingerbread Shed…
125g brown sugar
300g golden syrup
500g plain flour
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp ground ginger
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Extra flours for rolling
Pre-heat your oven to 170 C
Chop the butter into cubes and place in a large sauce pan to melt
Once melted add the sugar and syrup. Remove from heat and stir.
In a separate bowl combine all the dry ingredients.
Add the melted butter and sugar to the dry ingredients and mix well until thick dough forms.
Place a piece of baking paper on the counter and roll out your dough to approx. 5mm think. Use extra flour to stop the dough from sticking to the roller.
Place your cut out templates on top of the rolled out dough and cut out with a sharp knife. Gingerbread dough is very soft so once your shape is cut out you won’t be able to move it.
Transfer baking paper with shapes onto a baking tray and back for 20 – 25 minutes (the dough should be firm to touch once baked; it will crisp as it cools).
Allow to cool thoroughly before icing or assembling your Gingerbread Shed.
500g icing sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
3 egg whites
Sift icing sugar and add cream of tartar
Slowly add egg whites while whisking with an electric mixer. Mix until a think paste forms. The whisk should be able to stand upright up in the mixture.
Add more icing sugar if the mixture is too runny.
Once mixed, divide into bowls and add any additional colours you would like to use. Spoon icing into piping bag to begin constructing your Shed.
How to build your shed
If you plan on doing a lot of piping work as part of your decoration then you might want to do this before assembling your Shed. Just make sure the icing is fully dry before assembling or you might mess up your design.
Place a 30cm or larger plate or board onto your worktop.
Pipe icing along the base of the Shorter Side and position on the board. Using a teacup or glass (tall shot glasses or tea cup works well) prop the side up while the icing dries.
Pipe icing along the base and sides of the Back Side. Position against the side panel and prop up with another glass. You can add more icing at the base of side so they join neatly.
Pipe icing along the base and sides of the Tall Side. Position against the back panel and prop up with another glass. Add more icing if needed.
Pipe icing along the base and sides of the Front Side. Position against the side panel and prop up with another glass. Wait 10 – 15 min for the icing to harden.
Once dry, remove the teacups/glasses. Pipe along the top edge of each panel and place the roof into positions. Add more icing around the edges to the roof joins with each panel.
Ice the door and add it to the Front Side.
All to dry completely before moving or decorating.
Use things such as midget gems, chocolate buttons, mini marshmallows to add colour and fun to your shed.