Baking and decorating Gingerbread Houses is a fun tradition to start or continue at your house! For our family, it has gone from one large Gingerbread House that everyone decorated to 8 individual Gingerbread Houses for each cousin to decorate!
My girls and I start each Christmas break by baking the gingerbread dough together. To cut our gingerbread house out we use the Gingerbread House Cookie Cutters (Thank you Amazon)! The aroma from the dough baking fills your house with Christmas Spirit.
Once you have completed the baking and assembling the fun of decorating begins! The decorating options are endless, you can use candies, cookies, Wilton has cute icing decorations, (found at your local grocery).
Written by Nicole Bernero, Kids Kitchen Assistant
- 1.5 cups water lukewarm
- 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the water and the yeast.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt well.
- Carefully dump the flour mixture into the yeast mixture.
- Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix the dough until it is well combined.
- Cover the bowl with a dry kitchen towel and set the dough aside to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on your counter and sprinkle a good amount of flour on it.
- After your dough has risen, sprinkle a bit of flour over the dough. With your floured hands gently remove the dough from the bowl and roughly shape it into a ball. Place the dough onto your parchment paper and cover with a dry kitchen towel to rise for another 30 minutes.
- While your dough rises a second time, put your empty Dutch Oven into the oven, and preheat your oven to 450 F degrees. Make sure the lid is on your Dutch Oven.
- Take the pot out of the oven, and remove the lid. Pick up the dough by grabbing all four corners of the parchment paper, and carefully place the dough inside the pot.
- Place the lid back onto the pot, and return it to the oven. Bake for 35 minutes with the lid on.
- Remove the lid and bake for 20-25 minutes with the lid off, or until the bread is golden brown.
- Remove the bread from the pot and allow it to cool completely before slicing.