GSABO - S2- Ep4 - Recipes

Christmas Gingerbread House


The Great South African Bake Off - Past series

BBC Lifestyle



  • 250g butter
  • 1 cup sugar, brown
  • 1 cup golden syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger, ground
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves, ground
  • 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Royal icing:

  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 egg whites

Extras, decor:

  • 1 ice-cream sugar cone
  • 150g fondant, white
  • 300g coconut (for snow)
  • 150g 100’s & 1000’s sprinkles
  • 1 jar edible pearls, coloured
  • 1 gel food colouring, green
  • 1 gel food colouring, black
  • 1 gel food colouring, orange
  • 1 gel food colouring, pink
  • 1 cup icing sugar (for dusting)
  • 200g chocolates, button-shaped
  • 200g sweets, bean-shaped
  • 200g wine gums
  • 200g sugar sweets, green

Preparation method


  • Preheat oven 180 C
  • Line 3 oven trays with grease proof paper
  • Beat butter, sugar and syrup, add yolks and beat until combined
  • Beat in all the dry Ingredients and use your hands to bring the dough together
  • Cover with cling wrap and chill
  • Roll out dough and using template cut out all the shapes required
  • Using a silicon 'brick' mat to imprint the side walls of the house
  • Place on a baking trays and bake for 15-20 minutes
  • Halfway through baking, alternate the trays, to insure an even bake
  • Cool completely on a wire rack before handling

Royal icing:

  • Whisk lemon juice and egg whites, add sifted icing sugar, mix well (no lumps)

Extras, decor:

  • Colour 50g of fondant green, 10g black, 10g orange and leave the rest white
  • Roll out fondant on a clean surface dusted with icing sugar
  • Roll green fondant to a long 5mm thick strip
  • Coil it around the ice-cream cone to resemble a Christmas tree
  • Using water, attach the edible pearls to the tree, to resemble ornaments
  • Make a snowman with the white fondant: roll 2 medium balls and 1 small ball
  • Use black fondant for eyes and fashion a carrot nose, using the orange fondant
  • Fashion buttons using black fondant and attach to body of snowman
  • Assemble the snow man


  • Decorate the walls as desired with royal icing (windows, etc.), before assembling
  • Colour 100g royal icing pink to decorate the roof
  • Before the roof dries, add the 100's & 1000's
  • Assemble the walls first then the roof, using the royal icing as cement
  • Support the walls for a few minutes while the royal icing is drying
  • Place the tree and snowman and then sprinkle with coconut, to resemble snow
  • Stick the jelly beans along the side edges of the house, to hide the cement
  • Stick the wine gums along the side of the roof, where the 2 roof panels meet
  • Cut up the green sugar coated sweets and sprinkle them around the outside
  • Use the button-shaped chocolate as rocks to create a pathway to the doorway