Gingerbread house recipe, Lebkuchen (spiced honey dough)

approximate size you can make with this recipe

Here’s a  gingerbread house recipe I have been using now for almost 30 yrs..(yep, I am as old as saint Nic himself) It’s for the large, two tier house but you can half the recipe to make a smaller one any shape you like. You dont have to decorate it like I have, you can just stick loads of sweets and candies over and smother with icing, or even make your own sugar paste models and place them around it.

You may find you might have to bake the pieces in batches as there are a lot of components.

What ever you do, have fun and enjoy the pleasant aroma of christmas wafting around the house.


an oven pre-heated to 180c.

A stencil of your house to your own design for the front and back, sides and roof. (& a base for the top if you are making a two tiered house)

At least four baking trays

a large mixing bowl or plenty of work surface.

some disposable vinyl gloves (it gets messy)

Some xmas music in the background ( not Mariah, please not Mariah !)

A glass of sherry and a mince pie to get you through it 🙂

INGREDIENTS FOR THE DOUGH : (makes one large two tier house)

Cut out your stencils to desired shape.

1500g self raising flour

4 teaspoons mixed spice

2 teaspoons ground ginger

360g clear honey

740g dark soft brown sugar

200g unsalted butter

4 eggs beaten

4 tablespoons of lemon juice

grated zest of 1 lemon


500g roll on icing coloured brown for the roof and door

400g roll on icing coloured how you like for front of house

1/2 sheet of leaf gelatine for window

any sweets you like to decorate with.

my royal icing recipe x 2

METHOD GALLERY: (click on images to enlarge)

© The cake-shaker 2010


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