Vegan Gingerbread House
Growing up, we had many traditions surrounding the holidays. Gingerbread house making was definitely something I never excelled at, but always thoroughly enjoyed the process of sitting down and gluing candy to cookies with sugary glue. And then you get to eat it?? Amazing.
Making your own gingerbread house from scratch isn't all that difficult. I mean, If you haven't before made gingerbread cookies at home, this of all years is the year that you are more than likely going to make gingerbread cookies this holiday season. To make a house, simply cut the cookies to the shape of the walls of a house (we've provided measurements below), bake them slightly longer than you would for cookies to make sure the walls are sturdy and won't fall down. Soft walls won't be able to support the ceiling or candy! The icing is two ingredients and holds everything together. All you need to do is buy your candy and put it all together!
(note that not all candy is vegan, so please read labels prior to buying anything. We used candy canes, real fruit gummies, mints, nibs, at home this year)
Remember, the two most important things in gingerbread house making is patience, and to have fun!
Step 1: Make the Gingerbread Dough
Mix all the dry ingredients together (we suggest sifting the brown sugar to avoid clumps in the dough), then add the wet ingredients. Once fully mixed together, place the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes or while you get the icing together.
Step 2: Make the Icing (you may want to double this recipe for extra decorating on the house and scenery)
Strain the aquafaba from the chickpeas and set aside chickpeas for other use (they can be frozen for future use as well).
In a standing mixer, whip the aquafaba on medium for about 4-5 minutes until peaks are beginning to form. Slowly add in all the icing sugar, roughly another 5 minutes. Icing should be very think and shiny. When you stop and lift the mixer, the icing should be sticky to create a long strand connecting to the mixer and the icing in the base.
Step 3: Roll out your dough and cut your shapes. Follow the directions below and the measurements to cut your walls. You will need two of each size, to make the front and back walls (house shaped), the inside walls (small rectangles) and the ceiling pieces (larger rectangles). Make sure there are no cracks in the dough prior to baking as they will create fracture points when building. Cut out any other shaped gingerbread you may like for your scene! Gingerbread people, trees, bells, etc. These will bake only 10-12 minutes.
Step 5: Assemble
We filmed a How To video for this, but had some glitches with technology. As such, we are providing written instructions and hoping to get the video out in a few days -stay tuned!
Turn on some Holiday tunes or a have a Holiday movie playing in the background!
1) lay out walls how you want them to go up
2) Put icing where the walls will meet
3) Lift walls and add extra icing to glue together. Here you will need to hold the walls in place for about 5 minutes before letting go.
5) While the walls set, you can decorate any gingerbread people, trees or other cookies you will want for your scenery
6) Once the walls are sturdy, place icing on to the roof joints and hold the roof pieces in place to set. Wait another 5-10 minutes.
7) One the roof has set, you can have fun decorating your house! Use the icing to act as glue for where you want to place your candy. Try making styled roofing by placing the icing and candy strategically. Use the icing to look like snow! You can also dust icing sugar on top to look like extra fluffy snow too.
Remember to have fun and enjoy yourselves this holiday season! Don't forget to tag us in your creations @_mytinycupboard
We will be selling gingerbread making kits in person Saturday December 12th 10am -4pm