Gingerbread. It’s pretty good as it is. But here at Homemade we don’t like to leave things alone …

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Fluffy gingerbread pancakes with ginger maple syrup. We're dribbling in a similar fashion

If you’re fed up with the usual gingerbread loaf (superb though it is all sliced and buttered up), try some of these more wacky gingerbread ideas. They’ll definitely give the gingerbread man a run for his money!



Florence Knight gives the humble crouton a gingerbread makeover in this chicory, orange and gingerbread salad. We stand converted.

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Chicory, gingerbread and orange salad

Photo: Dan Jones



Or, how about a gingerbread cheesecake? Admittedly our attempt may not have looked quite this good, but with a base made from crumbled gingerbread cake topped with spiced cream cheese, the idea is definitely a good one.

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Use traditional gingerbread spices to make a luscious gingerbread syrup – the secret ingredient in this now not-so-secret gingerbread hot chocolate. 

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Better than a biscuit

And if you've already been-there-and-done-it with a gingerbread house, try this architectural challenge. They fit beautifully on the side of your favourite mug: perfect if you’re not a dunker, but a bit tricky if you are.

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Bath time

If you love gingerbread that much you can exfoliate with it in the shower. You'll be smooth-skinned and smelling of gingerbread, too. Unbelievable.

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If we knew we were waking up to these gingerbread pancakes, we probably wouldn’t get to sleep. 

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Got way way too much time on your hands? Then take gingerbread craziness to a whole new level and bake a whole village, complete with people, cars and a dog. Because let’s face it, that darned house last year (that took three days to make and then collapsed) just wasn’t hard enough ...