A gingerbread house for a queen! Royal chefs share their recipe for festive goodies with ornate lemon icing
- The royal family’s Instagram shared their chefs’ guide to gingerbread houses
- The royal cooks provided a recipe as well as a template for the house pieces
- Melted boiled candy was poured on some sections to make the windows
If you’re looking for a baking project to hold onto over Christmas, the chefs showed the royal family how to make a stunning gingerbread house.
With Christmas Day only three sleeping places away, the chefs in the royal kitchens visited Instagram to spread festive joy with an instructional video.
The royal chefs created a step-by-step guide to help you make your own gingerbread house with elaborate lemon-flavored frosting.
The video was posted today on the royal family’s Instagram account with the caption, “Before Christmas, the chefs in the royal kitchen shared their recipe for making the perfect gingerbread house.
Chefs from the kitchens of the royal family have shared a step-by-step guide on how to create a stunning gingerbread house for Christmas
How to make the gingerbread
How to make the dough
- 1000 g simple strong flour
- 14 g bicarbonate soda
- 28g ground ginger
- 14 g of ground cinnamon
- 355 g unsalted butter
- 500 g light brown sugar
- 140 g egg
- 175 g golden syrup
- Mix the flour, bicarbonate and spices
- Add cold diced butter and keep mixing until the crumb stage is reached
- Add sugar and mix briefly
- Then add eggs and syrup and mix until a batter forms
- Divide into 2 blocks, knead together by hand and press flat
- Wrap and chill for a few hours before reaching a thickness of approx. 5mm for the house parts and approx. 3mm for smaller decorative parts
- Cut gingerbread house shapes with template
- Place on baking sheets and chill again before baking
- For windows, press cooked candy into the spaces you cut
How to do the royal icing
- 1500 g powdered sugar
- 200 g protein
- 50 g lemon juice
- Sift the powdered sugar and combine it with the egg white and lemon juice by hand before adding to the blender
- Paddle together at low speed for about 2 minutes, then scrape the sides and paddle well
- At low speed for another 5 minutes until a creamy, hard top consistency is achieved.
- For pipes, loosen the glaze with a little water
- Use a tough top glaze to assemble the gingerbread house
“If you decide to build the house yourself, we’d love to see what you made. Please share your creations with #RoyalGingerbread.
The gingerbread house tutorial was filmed with uplifting festive music and mostly covers assembling the various elements of the house and then decorating them.
Recipes and a template for the sizes needed for each area of the gingerbread house have been made available on the Royal Family website.
Once the batter is made, cook it according to the baking times and then decorate it with royal icing
- Set the oven fan to 165 ° C.
- Let larger pieces work for about 18 minutes
- Smaller pieces should only stay in it for about 12 minutes
In the video, a series of information bubbles appear on the screen explaining the various steps involved in building the gingerbread house.
You can only watch with amazement as the royal chefs lavishly carve, decorate and assemble the impressive festive treat.
To complete the gingerbread house, the chefs also created little gingerbread people, reindeer, and even a star that hung over the front door.
To decorate the house, the chef said you need to first make the gingerbread dough according to the recipe, then divide it into two blocks, knead them together by hand, and then flatten them.
Once they are flat, they instruct you to cut out the gingerbread house according to the template and then bake them.
Once cooked, decorate them with the royal icing, then allow time for the icing to set.
Once that’s done, once the house takes shape, you can start the assembly process.
Finish the construction with additional decorations, then enjoy the gingerbread cookies.
When all the separate areas of the gingerbread house have been decorated, it is time to start the construction process. Melted boiled candy was used to create the windows