Keto Gingerbread House
Haven't made a gingerbread house in over a decade and watching peoples vlogmas episodes made me really want to build one. You can easily build a non-keto one because who really eats it but decorating I feel like is where you snack on the candy you are using and lick the frosting off your fingers, lol. So I provided a list of things I found to decorate with and a frosting recipe, so you can buy a kit and just use the gingerbread pieces if you want. But if you do want to bake a keto one I provided the measurement I used to make a templet because I feel like it is almost impossible to free hand cut pieces that will actually end up fitting together well. Bottom line, have some keto fun!!!!
I did a whole live stream putting this together but somehow, unknown to me it got deleted, very sad about it because that was 2 hours of fun I had recorded and now it's gone :(
Update : It is back but has been processing for over 48 hours, I don't know why but hopefully you will be able to see it soon!
And I was gonna edit it some and it was going to be my video for this week on my YouTube channel.
So these pictures I took hastily the next day in case YouTube couldn't help me get the video back.
Measurements I used for my main pieces: Tag board would be best, I just used printer paper
Front and Back: Base 4 inches Height 3 3/4 inches, for the peak I measured 3 inches up from the middle then drew my diagonals to make the peak
Sides: Base 4 inches Height 3 3/4 inches
Roof: 5 inches by 5 inches, can make this bigger if you want more over hang
Didn't measure a chimney but you want a rectangle with a slight diagonal for the bottom to fit to the roof, If you are smart unlike me use the roof templet to figure out the angle you need.
I also cut out some dinos for the landscape, a fence, tall triangles to put together to form a tree I could put together and frost, and rectangle door roof pieces. Pretty much anything you can cut out of gingerbread. If you have small cookie cutters, you can do little stars, trees, gingerbread men etc.
I used a flap from a box to place my gingerbread house on. I would double the frosting recipe if you want enough to cover the entire board to look like snow (I should have). I also had some leftover keto buttercream frosting I used to pipe the tree but you can color the royal icing to decorate the house and it's surroundings.
Things you can use to decorate:
-Slice almonds for siding or roof (I thought I had some)
-Lily's chocolate chips in all colors and types
-Lily's gummy worms or bears or other sugar free gummy (most don't have good ingredients though)
- Smart Sweets or kiss my keto gummies
- Gingerbread cut outs covered in colored frosting
- Keto buttercream this one is chocolate but just leave out the cocoa powder https://youtu.be/nsXZ8mjJvac
- Russel Stover's or Atkins M&Ms (I don't recommend eating them though)
- Sugar free hard Candies (these either)
I cut up the gummies to decorate the walkway and as ornaments on my tree and used smart sweets swedish fish just to add some whimsy to my gingerbread house, along with my dinos!
I used the hard candies by bashing them in a baggie and placing them into my window cut outs before I baked my pieces. They melt down and become stain glass windows.
Gingerbread house dough recipe:
1 Stick room temp butter
192 g Golden Monkfruit/erythritol (can use swerve but I didn't prefer it)
1 room temp egg
1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Caramel stevia
1/2 Tbs. Water
80 g Unflavored whey protein isolate (about 3/4 Cup)
30 g coconut flour (1/4 Cup)
16 g Egg white protein (2 Tbs.)
1/2 tsp. Xanthan gum
2 tsp. Ground cinnamon
2 tsp. Ground ginger
1/4 tsp. Ground clove
1/4 tsp. Baking powder
Pull out the egg and place in warm water, beat butter and sweetener for ten minutes scraping down several time
While the butter and sweetener are beating, measure, sift, and whisk dry ingredients together
Add the room temp egg, water and vanilla extract to the butter and sweetener, scraping down several times
Add all dry ingredients at once and beat to combine, scraping down a few times, let beat until a dough starts to form in the bowl, could take awhile
Pack into a ball and place on a piece of parchment paper, pat out into a rough rectangle
Place a sheet of parchment on to and roll out into a rectangle about 1/6 inch thick (4mm), should be almost as big as a Reynolds cookie parchment sheet
Place into the refrigerator for 1 hr. While that's chilling you can make a template (my measurements I used below)
Once chilled, preheat oven to 325 degree, cut out the big main pieces and with an offset spatula move to a parchment lined baking sheet about an inch apart. Cut out windows or doors if you would like (can fill windows with crushed sugar free candies, bake door on a separate sheet) and bake 20-22 minutes turning halfway through
Reroll and cut out any other pieces you would like, chimney, door roof pieces, trees, fences, dinos etc. and place on another parchment lined baking sheet. If pieces are pretty small only bake for 12-14 minutes
Let cool completely before building
1 Tbs. Egg white powder
1/4 tsp. Cream of tater
2-2 1/2 Tbs. Water
1 Cup. Powdered monkfruit/erythritol blend
Whisk egg white powder, cream of tarter, sifted powdered sweetener and 2 Tbs. water vigorously add a teaspoon of water at a time if needed to get it to hold a peak
Color if desired and put into piping bags with different tips if desired to decorate
I was always bad at taking pics of my work, but this was pre camera phones so it wasn't as easy back then! This was the last gingerbread house I made, which was back in high school.