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Bethany and I have spent two evenings, building and decorating our families 2011 Gingerbread House.  Phill has spent two evenings pinching the odd sweet and looking ever more baffled by what we were creating!

The end result is a house without single straight edge, a roof creaking under the weight of five packets of buttons and enough sweets to give the Tooth Fairy nightmares!

Grand Designs this is not; this is what a Gingerbread House looks like in my world…

If you have already baked your Gingerbread pieces then it’s construction time, if not here’s where to start.  This is my least favourite part 🙁  but must be done!  First make your ‘cement’.  This is the amount I used for our house, you may need less, you may need more.

You will need:

5 medium eggs (whites only)

850g icing sugar

Method

  • Separate your eggs whites from the yolks.  For this recipe you need only the whites.
  • Whisk lightly until your mixture is slightly bubbly (not into a meringue consistency)
  • Add the icing sugar
  • Beat until your icing forms soft peaks
  • Allow to stand for 10 minutes
  • Create a stand for your house.  These can be bought but we simply covered a baking tray in foil.
  • You may need an extra pair of hands
  • Holding two of the walls together at a  right angle and secure with lots of icing.  Hold until the walls start to set
  • Do the same with the remaining two walls and then stick the two halves together.
  • Add more icing as necessary
  • The rectangular shape will help hold the pieces in place while they set.
  • Allow to set
  • Put icing on all areas that your roof will touch and put both halves in place.
  • Cover the upper most point of the roof with icing.
  • Hold in place until the roof stays in place
  • Add icing to any gaps
  • Allow to set
Next is the fun part! Go wild with sweets!!
Our roof took some time but was well worth the effort…
…as was our marshmallow chimney stack!
I’m sure you will agree that when it comes to Gingerbread architecture, more is most definitely more!!!  In my opinion, messy is better too so don’t be frightened to give it a go!!
If (touch wood) you snap one of your peices, just stick it back together again with your ‘cement’.
One day I might manage a clean and tidy gingerbread house, but it won’t be allowed whilst Bethany is helping ;-P
The resident mouse doesn’t seem to mind though!
Your house will last for weeks and is of course entirely edible.  I have tasted a Gingerbread House that had graced the table for 3 weeks and although it did taste nice, it had gone very soft and I only had one bite.   What I’m trying to say is that this should be seen as a centre piece rather than a desert?
If you really want people to be able to eat it and enjoy it, serve it no more than a few days after baking, alternatively why not fill it full of sweets!!??
I can’t wait to see your Gingerbread Houses – I’ll post the bestest ones for everyone to admire.
Much love
Rachel
xx
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