Czech Republic has lot of Christmas traditions and one of them is Christmas gingerbread. I am sure, many countries have it related as well. My amazing friend and mummy of 3 girls, @romi.tobi (you can check her Instagram), is not just amazing person but as well great cook and baker! And this time, I would love to share with you, what has she done. Sooo… no praising for me this time at all. She has baked Christmas gingerbread cottage, like it has jumped straight from Christmas fairy tale. I admire her for that and it looks simply gorgeous. Maybe one day when our family is a bit bigger, I am going to do it as well. Who knows 😉
Please, have a look and who wants to try, there is recipe and all ingredients below!
What do you need for dough:
400 g plain flour
140 g icing sugar
120 g honey
60 g butter or vegetable oil
1 tbsp gingerbread spices
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 additional egg to be wiped
What do you need for decoration:
400 g icing sugar
Firstly, heat up honey, sugar and fat until is sugar melted and nicely liquid. Afterwards, mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and gingerbread spices. Mix everything properly and shape the dough into the loaf, wrap it in the foil and put it into the cold place (or fridge) to rest for 1 day.
Take a harder paper and draw templates according the dimensions below for individual parts of the magical cottage:
- 2 side walls – 15 x 9 cm
- 2 shield walls – 15 x 9 x 11 x 11 x 9 cm
- 2 roofing parts – 14 x 19 cm
- 4 chimney parts – 4 x 2 cm
When ready, cut the individual parts.
Take a dough and roll it out onto a flat dough about 0.5 cm thick. Using the template, cut the desired shapes of each part with a sharp knife (so in total 2 pieces for the roof, 4 pieces for walls, 1 door and 4 pieces for chimney). Do not forget to cut windows and door openings on the front and rare walls. You can cut other decorative elements for your magical house as well. Afterwards, carefully transfer the dough and pieces to the baking plate and bake at about 180 degrees until rose colour of the dough appears.
You can prepare the decorative icing now. Whisk the egg whites and mix the icing sugar in. Fill decorative bag (or plastic bag and cut it in the corner to make a hole for decorations) with prepared mixture and you can start “assembling” your magical house together. When you have cottage done and all individual parts are glued together, let it dry properly!! Now… the magic cottage can be decorated with the remaining icing according to your own imagination! Do not forget to put chimney and any other gingerbread decorative pieces (hearts, starts, trees, etc.) 🙂
You can leave it until Christmas as a great decoration and enjoy the taste afterwards 😉
Thank you again to my amazing friend who gave me those beautiful pictures and allowed me to share it with all of you! ❤ Thank you @romi.tobi!
Vero & little Canito