Thursday, 26 December 2013

Gingerbread House- vegan


Once upon a time in an enchanted forest, there stood a magical little house made from gingerbread, almonds and candy. It had windows of coloured candy glass and the roof was made of almonds and sugar and sprinkled with silver fairy-dust. But the most magical thing of all was that there was not one single animal product in that house, so all the fairies of the enchanted forest could take a bite...
Regulars here will know that we always make a gingerbread house at Christmas. This year we took it one step further and vegan-ised the gingerbread and decorations, although we still took the template from here. Our 16 year-old Radha decided to lend a hand and made the windows and trees. I can't think of a more magical way to spend Christmas Eve! If you would like to make this yourself, here is the gingerbread recipe:

The trees make wonderful cookies!
250g vegan unhydrogenated margarine (we used "Pure" brand)
250g soft light brown sugar
4 tabs agave nectar
3 tabs black treacle
600g plain white flour
2 tsps bicarb.
6 tsps ground ginger
  • Melt the margarine, sugar and syrups in a pan.
  • Turn off the heat and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • You should get a ball of workable dough- roll out about 1cm thick between sheets of baking parchment, cut out using the template and slide the bottom parchment and dough onto a baking sheet. 
  • Bake for about 12 minutes at 200C in a preheated oven.
Construction and Decorating Tips:
  • Make a stiff icing from icing sugar and lemon juice/ water to use as "glue". (And snow.)
  • Use cans/ packets to support the sides and roof while the frosting dries.
  • Make windows by cutting out the centre of shapes and baking with boiled sweets in the centre.
  • A liberal sprinkling of icing sugar gives a Wintry look.
Hope you all had a Happy Holiday, and best wishes for the New Year!

Closeup of roof with "glass" window.

The decoration were: jelly diamonds, mini candy canes, chunks of vegan dark chocolate, boiled sweets (for the glass) and flaked almonds, plus a dusting of edible glitter and icing sugar.

2 comments:

  1. Hello Sarojini,
    Vegan Gingerhouse looks like a picture from a page of some fairy tale. So colourful, so creative and so beautifully assembled and decorated. Radha has made lovely trees and windows! Want to replicate this in my kitchen!

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  2. I think its fabulous and one that is vegan - very impressive. I've never made a gingerbread house, so bow down to you and your daughter. I may have a go next year, who knows :)
    Wishing you and your family the best for 2014 too x
    And thank you for being part of my blog this year, its been a quite year for blogging, but you have been a regular. Thank you x

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