Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Last year, HK and I wanted to start a new Chrimbo Tradition of having a Gingerbread House. What with last christmas being what it was, I didn't have the heart to do one. I have this year. I have never done one before. I had two methods of doing it - cutters or silicone moulds. I chose the moulds as they had more detail. I will adjust the recipe (maybe) for the gingerbread, it is very thick - perhaps 3/4". What I had in mind was more like the thickness and texture of a gingerbread man, per se.
I had a spare board and used that one. Next time I'll use a bigger one by at least two or three inches. I stuck the pieces together using royal/regal icing. I don't know if there is a specific difference between royal and regal icing. I used icing sugar and the white of an egg and a bit of tartar powder.
I used tins to support the sides and roof of the house whilst the icing was setting
You can see the detail of the moulds
I had fun decorating the house. I used more royal icing to 'glue' all the sweeties in place.
I'm quite pleased how it turned out. I did want to make a path up to the front door and perhaps a couple of mini gingerbread men and trees on the board, but space wouldn't allow. Next time I may even put sweeties in the house.