Gingerbread houses of the world

Here at SBS Food headquarters, we believe baking brings families, people and communities together, hence the #GingerbreadPeaceProject was born. Our gingerbread world village consists of a bush shack, mosque, pagoda, log cabin and beach hut. Come bake with us! Tag your houses on Instagram with #SnapBiteShare #GingerbreadPeaceProject and we'll repost our favourites. Happy building!

The best gingerbread house on the block
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Here at SBS HQ, we're mad bakers, so we had begun thinking about our #GingerbreadPeaceProject in July. We had four stipulations:

The houses must be edible As lavishly spectacular as a candy-cane and lolly-covered house looks, we wanted to create a house that you actually want to eat. We didn't want to have to buy bags and bags of lollies and chocolate, so we've kept the decorations simple, which means the flavour of our gingerbread is the star and isn't masked by sugariness.

You don't need a builder's licence to construct one The houses must be easy enough for adults and kids alike to assemble. We created our templates from scratch with the aim that all of the pieces fit on one A3-sized sheet of paper. You don't need a ruler and you don't need to measure dimensions. All you need to do is print out the template and use a pair of scissors to cut out the pieces. 

You don't need to be a baker Our gingerbread dough recipe is sturdy enough to withhold handling and the weight of decorations but still decidedly dunkable in a cup of tea. Even if you're baking in humid weather, our gingerbread dough is still easy to work with. We've used royal icing as the "mortar" to glue the gingerbread houses. It's forgiving to work with - if you make a mistake, you can just pull the pieces apart or wipe off. You will need to allow for plenty of time for the "mortar" to set and secure your house in place.

Bragging rights We're not show ponies, but we do like a bit of friendly competition. Co-opt family members and friends for a baking bonanza. May the best house win!

Gingerbread bush shack
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Hands up who needs a tranquil bush escape among the eucalpts? Our bush shack is just for you, complete with a chocolate chimney. Our gingerbread celebrates our native ingredients - it's flavoured with lemon myrtle. View the recipe here.

Download the template here. Print out at A3 size, landscape orientation. You will only need one copy. Follow the recipe and step-by-step instructions to construct the beach hut.

 

 

Photography, styling and food preparation by China Squirrel. Illustrated template by Sarah Hankinson from The Ilustration Room. Creative concept by Belinda So. 

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Gingerbread mosque
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Our mosque is for those in the mood for hot nights, cool winds and a desert camel safari. We used gingerbread cake to create the domes and raw sugar as the sand. View the recipe here.

Download the template here. Print out at A3 size, landscape orientation. You will only need one copy. This template makes a mosque about 28 cm tall by 30 cm wide by 9 cm deep. Follow the recipe and step-by-step instructions to construct the mosque.

 

Photography, styling and food preparation by China Squirrel. Illustrated template by Sarah Hankinson from The Ilustration Room. Creative concept by Belinda So. Palm trees from The Christmas Shop.

Gingerbread pagoda
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Our pagoda is for those who want to swap speed for serenity. No wifi here, only chilling out with Mr Elephant. View the recipe here.

Download the template here. Print out at A3 size, landscape orientation. You will only need one copy. This template makes a mosque about 23 cm tall by 13 cm wide by 13 cm deep. Follow the recipe and step-by-step instructions to construct the pagoda.

Photography, styling and food preparation by China Squirrel. Illustrated template by Sarah Hankinson from The Ilustration RoomCreative concept by Belinda So. Tree from The Christmas Shop.

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Gingerbread log cabin
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Our A-frame cabin in the woods is for those who want a quiet place by a log fire to contemplate and commune with critters. BYO marshmallows for toasting. View the recipe here.

Download the template here. Print out at A3 size, landscape orientation. You will only need one copy. This template makes a cabin about 25 cm tall by 18 cm wide by 20 cm deep. Follow the recipe and step-by-step instructions to construct the cabin. 

 

Photography, styling and food preparation by China Squirrel. Illustrated template by Sarah Hankinson from The Ilustration RoomCreative concept by Belinda So. Pine trees from The Christmas Shop.

Gingerbread beach hut
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Slap on the sunscreen, we're heading to the beach! It’s hot! There's a cool ocean breeze, bitchin' big surf, cruncher waves and a cheeky seagull squawking for the last hot chip! Our beach bungalow is for sun-seekers, who want to be footloose in the sand and have fun by the sea. View the recipe here.

Download the template here. Print out at A3 size, landscape orientation. You will only need one copy. This template makes a beach hut about 19 cm tall by 10 cm wide by 10 cm deep. Follow the recipe and step-by-step instructions to construct the beach hut.

 

Photography, styling and food preparation by China Squirrel. Illustrated template by Sarah Hankinson from The Ilustration RoomCreative concept by Belinda So.