Sunday, December 18, 2011

How NOT to make a gingerbread house

My first attempt at a gingerbread house was quickly abandoned as I realized the icing recipe I had used was way too liquidy. I didn't have much powdered sugar so I found a recipe that didn't call for much, and the result was not what I wanted.

I call it the Gingerbread Crack House. Remi calls it a bunker or ghetto.

So today I bought more powdered sugar and used a proper recipe:

320 g powdered sugar
2 egg whites
Mix till glossy.
Spoon into a ziploc and close. Cut small hole in a corner.

The results were better, but still not stellar. Even if all I had to get right was the icing since I was using some Speculoos gingerbread cookies that I'd bought. I ended up using a bit of a cardboard box to "glue" my cookies onto and make it more stable. Remi helped out and made a roof. Then it was the fun part, decorating and eating bits of icing and candy.


We have moved out of the ghetto and into a middle-class fixer-upper.

It is still nothing to compare to the stuff you can find on the Internet.

Like this version of the house from the animated film Up. That's amazing!

Martha Stewart I will never be. But I don't think she tried to make gingerbread houses with a three year-old and full-time studies. Maybe so, though, and she did run a successful business. Oh, and spend time in prison for insider trading. I guess I'll content myself with being me after all.

3 comments:

Jessamyn said...

Are those gummy people at the front door? I'm sure you had fun making it and more importantly, eating it! Love ya!

Jenenz said...

Lots of sugary snow will keep it all together!

We made "gingerbread" houses last year with squares of graham crackers and candies. They looked like little cabins in the alps. Ones for the elves to live in.

I can't wait to see next year's creation. You can move up into a swiss chalet or mansion.

Happy holidays! Have a sweet new year.

Lindle said...

I like the attention y'all made to the snowfall around the gingerbread house---or is that powdered sugar paste "run wild" ? I can just see Juliette trying to swipe a finger full as she walks by. What fun for you! Making such sweet memories.