How to make a beautiful gingerbread house that won’t fall down

A gingerbread house for Christmas

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CREATING a gingerbread house is a fun festive activity, but shoddy construction can spoil the party and put any gingerbread inhabitants in serious danger. This recipe and some tips will help you avoid catastrophe.

First, create a design. It is helpful to draw the pieces for your house on paper, then cut these shapes out to use as templates. The quantities of ingredients listed will give you enough gingerbread to make a structure 30 centimetres tall with walls 20 cms wide.

Building requires a strong and stable biscuit. A dense dough with a low moisture content is ideal, so …