I know you’re probably over Christmas by now, but I couldn’t go without posting my gingerbread house! It was my first time making one, and I had lots of fun. I used recipes and tips from Cookie Craft, and the finished result was so yummy as well as cute. Seriously though, is there such a thing as bad gingerbread?
|Disclaimer: some of these pictures are clearly not taken by me! They’re from my boyfriend and his new DSRL
When looking for templates, I saw this picture and immediately fell in love with the cute little cozy cottage. Here’s the template if you want to save it for next Christmas. Or use it now; gingerbread houses are cute all year round!
|Cookie shapes ready for decoration
As you can see, I used the windowpane technique on the walls (and had a little trouble with it!). Basically you cut out a shape, and fill the hole with crushed hard candies (before baking). In my case, the candy bubbled up too much and got all over the cookie. I think it’s important that you crush the candy very finely, and you probably shouldn’t add too much either; the window ‘glass’ will be flat anyway (also, make sure to spray the paper or it will stick!)
|Making a mess is pretty much compulsory
I made pretty thick icing for keeping the house together (a bit thicker than piping icing). It turned out great, even though I’m sure I got the recipe wrong. The tables in the book are handy, but can be confusing if you check out one ingredient at a time :P
I was afraid the walls would collapse, but the house was pretty sturdy, even after transportation. And the roof wasn’t even attached to the side walls!
|Remember that cans are your friends!
I may write another post with remaining pictures of holiday baking, if you can bear it! And also some news on what the new year may bring! But I’ll give you a preview: I’m leaving for holidays this Sunday. I’ll be spending a few days in Calafate with my family. I’ve never been there, but I can tell you it’s beauuuutiful! You’ll see my pictures soon enough :)
|See you next Christmas, Mr. Gingerbread Man! I’m sorry for eating down your house. It was very good though!
Note: I made half my icing chocolate by adding some cocoa (you’ll need to add some more water too). Then I turned the remaining white icing into flood icing, and used it to stick sugar to the parchment over the cardboard mat.