Friday, December 27, 2013

Gingerbread house making party, Dec. 2013

It's that winter wonderland season of the year again and that means it's time for...a gingerbread house decorating party! We had a similar party a few years back that was loads of fun. I made up all of the houses in the days before and then friends and family came over for the decorating (candy-overload!).

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 was all shriveled up by the next day

Bye for now...

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