|here's my house|
The recipe was a "structural" recipe, so not good for eating, however I did make some cookies that folks could decorate and eat...or just eat. The gingerbread house recipes can be found here, the icing recipe here, and the Christmas cookies can be found in this post.
I find that this is a good project to do over several days - make the dough and bake the house pieces one day and then assemble the houses the next day.
Here are my photos of the process and of everyone's houses.
|the dough was a bit tough to roll out but microwaving it until warm|
made it much softer and easier to manage
|one house, ready to bake|
|the house pieces stacked and ready to assemble|
|beat the icing until stiff peaks form|
|keep the tip covered with a wet towel so it doesn't dry out|
|for the house "platforms" I used cardboard squares covered with foil|
|voila, a pretty silver base|
|now, time to assemble...icing is piped along the edges and stuck together|
on the base
|cans are useful to hold the pieces in place while they dry|
|one house done...11 more to go...OMG!|
|it looks like a small gingerbread village|
|houses and cookies...almost ready for guests|
|the houses and snacks laid out for the pickin'|
|getting ready for decorating!|
|so much candy!|
And now...the parade of houses:
|a bit hard to see, but I gave my snowman a tiny carrot nose |
...it was all shriveled up by the next day
Bye for now...