Thursday, December 24, 2009

My sweet ass Gingerbread house

Last night saw the creation of this wonderful gingerbread house.
Having never attempted one before, Donna Hay magazine pulled through with a simple recipe which helped us to conquer the feat.

If ever you need to make fail-safe food for any occassion; Donna Hay is the way to go. If you can't master her recipes- then you should just keep out of the kitchen. Seriously you would have to try really, really hard to stuff her recipes up.
So 1.2kg of flour (!!!) and everything else later...here we are with the dough. It is cooked in identical cookie trays to make the walls and roof.

Once they've been turned out and cooled, each piece is cut in half and the corners are cut off two pieces to create the shape for the roof.

The house is then constructed by piecing together the walls with icing 'cement' to hold it in place.

Use tall glasses or jars to hold the walls in place until the cement sets.

Once it is all set- it's time to decorate! If you want to create windows and doors, it is best to do this BEFORE you stick the walls up. That way the icing won't drip or fall off and it's alot easier to pipe onto the panels when they are laying flat.

We finished ours with Christmas trees and shrubbery and Santa Claus climbing in the chimney. The chimney was made by cutting a small section off one of the off-cuts of the side panel as this already gave the same angle slant as the roof.
What Christmas treats have you been creating?
Merry Christmas to all my readers! Hope it is full of love, fun and good food xx

11 comments:

  1. argh! i want to live in it! and nibble the walls when i get peckish :)

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  2. Merry Merry Xmas Marlo!!

    The cake looks too cute!

    I wonder what everyone's wearing on their Xmas!

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  3. niuce work on the ginger bread house, i may want to attempt this next christmas think i need to invest in some donna hays books to get some decent kitchen hands.

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  4. Wow. I am incredibly impressed with the gb house!

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  5. wow!! ive always wanted to make a ginger bread house myself, but i never tried cause it looks wayyy tooo hard for me :(

    nice blog btw!

    xx

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  6. you bet your sweet ass thats cute!

    http://jessicadruck.blogspot.com

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  7. can you possibly post the recipe and icing recipe? or is there a link somewhere please?

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  8. Ahh that's so good you're so clever! x

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  9. You are so good at this. I tried and epically failed, even with an IKEA gingerbread house! hah!

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  10. wowwwww such a good looking gingerbread house!!! i attempted one a few years back.. didnt even have to bake anything, it was one of those ready to assemble kits... pure FAIL :( lol. didnt measure the icing "cement" properly soooo my gingerbread house just ended up looking melted :( haha

    <3

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  11. Holy cow, that is seriously awesome! I am in awe of your culinary skills, I could never make that! Specially love the cute little santa on the roof. x

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