Vegan Gingerbread House
My sister and I have a tradition of making a gingerbread house every Christmas Eve and this year was no exception! 100% vegan, 100% delicious and not so 100% easy to assemble (but fun none the less) this gingerbread house is a perfect activity for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or even Boxing Day!! Get creative, get baking and have fun creating this treat with family and friends! Happy Holidays!!
This recipe creates as close to an authentic gingerbread as I could find whilst being 100% vegan, however it does hold room for substitutions! If you wanted to make this recipe Gluten Free flour feel free to create your own gf flour blend, and if you want to sub your molasses for black treacle you can do that also!
What You Need ;
1 Flax Egg (1 Tbsp Flax Seed + 3 Tbsp Water)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Almond Butter
1/4 cup Vegan Butter (such as Stork)
3 Tbsp Molasses (more if it want it richer)
3/4 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Bicarb of Soda
1 1/2 cup Plain Flour
Make the flax egg in a large mixing bowl and leave to set for around 5 minutes
Add all ingredients except flour and cream together with a mixer on a low setting or using a wooden spoon
Once combined, add the plain flour slowly whilst continuously mixing with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined
Wrap your ball of dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours or preferably overnight
Once chilled, preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and roll out your dough on a floured surface until your desired thickness (not too thick as it will puff up too much but thick enough so that the walls are strong enough)
Cut your dough using a template such as this one, if you have excess dough you can also use cookie cutters to make Christmas Trees and gingerbread men!
Once cut, place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown - they should be fairly soft when removed from the oven as they will harden as they cool
Leave until completely cool before decorating!! Otherwise the icing will not stick and it will fall apart!
Once cooled, make your icing by mixing together sieved icing sugar and water until a thick icing is formed (if too runny it will not stick together your house)
Put your icing into a piping bag (or sandwich bag with the end snipped off) and assemble your gingerbread house!! Leave the icing to set before you begin to decorate
Decorate with sweets, edible sparkly snow, shimmer spray! Anything you can think of and ENJOY!!!