Wow, long time between posts… this is my favourite time of the year, but sometimes it does get so busy and just fly by! I really wanted to share this, my first ever gingerbread house, before Christmas – but that didn’t happen. So I guess I’ll share it now just to hang onto the Christmas spirit for a bit longer, and you can have some very early tips for next year’s Christmas baking! (Or I guess you could just make a house whenever you like – gingerbread is tasty any time of the year, right?!)
So here it is, the finished work:
I’m pretty proud of it, especially for a first attempt – it just goes to show you don’t have to have a lot of experience to make an awesome gingerbread house!
So, here’s some tips to make it work for you:
- Search around Pinterest or google some ideas for gingerbread houses first – you may even find patterns with dimensions which makes it really easy to construct something neat!
- Don’t roll your gingerbread too thin. Remember it’s essentially building material – it needs to be strong!
- Give your gingerbread time to dry out before you assemble your house. A few hours or even overnight is fine! Again, it needs to be tough.
- Decorate any vertical/angled pieces e.g. walls while they are still flat – it’ll stop your icing running everywhere.
- Speaking of icing, you should use royal icing – the egg white will give your icing much more body and strength to hold up your house!
- While you’re at it, don’t go lightly on the icing – make sure your house is well stuck together.
- Construct the house gradually – e.g. stand up the walls, then wait to dry before you add the roof. It’s better if you let the icing set to make sure your walls are strong. Be patient!
- Go as crazy with the decorations as you like, but remember simple can be effective too! As you can see, my house is on a really big cake board, so I decorated the space around it too. To make some special decorations:
- Cut holes in your unbaked gingerbread and place a barley sugar or similar hard boiled lolly in there while the biscuit bakes to make windows!
- Bend candy canes as I’ve done around the door, and to make swirls on top of some of the little stars – this takes a bit of practice to get the candy at the right temperature to not be brittle, nor so soft as to melt completely, but looks really effective.
And finally – some progress shots and different angles! The roof in particular is my favourite part 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions!