Here’s where to buy Gingerbread house kids to decorate at home, plus we share a recipe to make your own Gingerbread house! Or outsource the mess with kids’ Gingerbread house workshops
In my family, assembling our own gingerbread house and decorating it with copious amounts of white frosting, jellies and candies is one of the kids’ favourite Christmas traditions alongside putting up the Christmas tree and our homemade felt fireplace! Living in the tropics, it can be hard getting into the festive feels but nothing puts a smile on our little ones’ faces more than a house smelling of gingerbread and a tray of candies to decorate a gingerbread house with (yes we know most of them end up in little mouths!).
Read on for all the places in Singapore where you can get your hands on a gingerbread house kit to make at home, or check out our gingerbread recipe with a free downloadable cut-out template if you want to make your own. And if you want to keep your kitchen a bit more pristine, not to worry, mamas: we’ve rounded up kids’ gingerbread house workshops all over the island!
Where can you buy a gingerbread house kit to make yourself?
This year it seems there aren’t as many places selling gingerbread house kits as last year but we spotted some ready to go at good ole IKEA for a very affordable $8.50) You can buy the IKEA decorating kit (icing tube and sweets) separately or make your own icing (recipe below) to fix the gingerbread house together, then let the kids decide what candies to decorate with (we will be using a lot of leftover Halloween candy that’s for sure!). One of our favourite baking supply shops, Phoon Huat, sells a great variety of Wilton Gingerbread House Kits from the cutest Doghouse Gingerbead Kit ($11.10) which comes with icing and candies to decorate, to a fabulous Gingerbread Lighthouse Kit ($31.30) which also comes with icing and candies to decorate with. There’s even a Chocolate Cookie House Kit ($24) as well as a Giant Gingerbread House Kit. Hurry though while stocks last (all items were correct and present at time of writing at Holland Village outlet)!
Make your own Gingerbread House: Gingerbread Recipe and Free Cut-out Template
Bake up your own Gingerbread House from scratch or make a batch of gingerbread cookies and your house is guaranteed to smell just like Christmas! Download out free printable template for help cutting out the gingerbread house walls, roof, chimney etc and try out our recipe below!
Gingerbread House Recipe
Prep Time: 45m, Bake Time: 15m, Ready In: 1 hour
- ¾ wholemeal flour and 1 ¼ cups plain flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of baking soda
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- Pinch of salt
- 100g unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons water
To decorate your gingerbread house:
- Royal Icing: 3 cups icing (confectioners’s/powdered) sugar, sifted mixed on high speed with 2 egg whites (ideally pasteurised), and ½ teaspoon cream of tartar. Keep covered when not using to prevent it from hardening.
- Lots of coloured candies, candy canes and smarties.
- Cut out the gingerbread house template (download from here).
- Sift together all the dry ingredients: flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt.
- Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until pale and creamy. Then pour in the honey and water and mix until well combined.
- Using a wooden spoon (or your mixer on low speed), gradually incorporate the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it comes together. Then kneed the dough gently on a floured surface until it becomes a smooth dough. If it feels too sticky, add a little more flour while kneading. If it is too dry, you can add a small amount more water.
- Shape into a ball, cover with cling wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to rest and make it easier to work with later.
- Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line baking trays with non-stick baking paper and set aside.
- Between two sheets of non-stick baking paper, roll dough out. Place template sections on top of dough and cut to shape. Repeat with remaining dough, re-rolling the trimmings, until you have two side walls, a front and back wall and two roof panels and a chimney.
- Place the gingerbread pieces back into the fridge for about 15 minutes before baking as they tend to hold their shape a lot better.
- Bake gingerbread in oven for 10 – 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool to hard on tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. This is really important as if they are not completely cool and hard then your gingerbread house wont stand up!
- Once cool. Pipe generous amounts of icing using a piping bag along the wall edges, one by one, to join the walls together. Use a small bowl to support the walls from the inside, then allow to dry, ideally for a few hours. Once dry, remove the supports and pipe icing onto the roof panels and chimney to fix on. Once dry it’s time to let the kids decorate using the remaining icing as glue to fix on the candies and sweets!
Gingerbread House Workshops & Classes in Singapore
If you want to learn how to make gingerbread cookies or outsource the mess of decorating a gingerbread house check out the following:
Chantilly (near Kovan MRT) does a Gingerbread House course where parents and kids can make the whole thing from start to finish. Make the cookie dough, cut the pieces, build your house and decorate it!
When: Saturday, 14 December and Monday, 23 December, 2pm – 6pm
Where: 21 Simon Road, Singapore 545907
How much: $80 per parent and child pair; $15 for an additional child, $20 for additional parent
Head to Tiong Bahru and join Creative Culinaire’s Chef Judy and her team for a “Junior Bake-off!” to make delicious gingerbread cookies, then assemble them to form your very own gingerbread house.
When: Wednesday 18 December, 1:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: 17 Eng Hoon Street, #01-04 Eng Hoon Mansions, Singapore 168767
How much: $148 per parent and child; $20 per additional child, $30 per additional adult
ToTT has two gingerbread house baking classes on offer at their Century Square Studio in Tampines: The Junior Gingerbread House baking class is where you can learn how to make and bake your own cookies to then assemble into a gingerbread house complete with royal icing and white chocolate ganache. There’s also a Christmas cookie decorating class for adults and kids (minimum age: 6 years old) where you can roll and bake cookies and then decorate them to take home (priced a $118 per pair).
When: Friday 6 December, 10am to 1pm
Where: ToTT Century Square, 2 Tampines Central, #02-14, Singapore 529509
How much: $118 per parent + child pair (discounts available for UOB cardholders, and Popular members)
Is your kiddo becoming a serious baker? Or looking for ways to fill their days during school holidays? Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School in Bukit Timah is offering a 2-Day Kids’ Christmas Baking class for children 5 – 12 years old, with both morning and afternoon sessions available. The class covers Gingerbread Cookies, Mini Chocolate Log Cakes, Meringue Snow Men and Christmas Mince Tarts, and also comes with lunch provided and snacks!
When: Tuesday and Wednesday, 17-18 December, 9am-12pm OR 2:30pm-5:30pm
Where: Brettschneider’s Baking and Cooking School, 1 Greendale Avenue, Singapore 289495
How much: $300 per child
An annual highlight for some, the Shangri-La Singapore is back with its annual parent-child gingerbread workshop for kids ages 3 to 12. Under the guidance of Area Executive Pastry Chef, Hervé Potus, parents and kids can construct their own gingerbread houses with frosting, cookies, and candy — expect festive Christmas tunes and a life-sized Santa that’s sure to enchant kiddos.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 30 November to 15 December 2019, 11am-12pm OR 3pm-4:30pm
Where: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
How much: $128 per child with a maximum of 2 accompanying adults per child (every additional adult is $30)
Where to Buy Ready-made Gingerbread Houses
If you don’t have the time, patience or will to make or decorate your own gingerbread house, you can pick up a ready-made one at practically every bakery, hotel or gourmet grocer from cute, halal mini gingerbread houses at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, to mid-range offerings ($48) at Baker and Cook, or more elaborate Gingerbread Houses like the InterContinental’s (on sale at time of writing from $74.50 down from $98).
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