Building a Gingerbread House

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Making a gingerbread house seemed like a really good idea and would be easy to do.  Just make some gingerbread and stick it together, right?  What I didn’t realise is how much time it would take up!  Making a gingerbread house was challenging but very rewarding and I enjoyed the whole process!  If you have little kids, I am sure they would love being involved in the whole process and maybe start a new Christmas tradition in your family.

To make the gingerbread recipe for the house I used a recipe I found on taste.com.au.  One of the most important things to consider when making a house is that you have allocated enough time.  When you make the gingerbread it has to sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours before you can cook it.  I made the dough the night before and got up early the next day to measure and cook the pieces before assembling later in the day.

You should also decide what type of Gingerbread house you want to make and the size.  I used a different website for my Gingerbread pattern as I didn’t want to make something too big on my first try.  The template I used was from a website called Gingerbread House Heaven.  I used some cardboard from some cereal boxes to measure and cut out the template for the sides and roof.

After measuring, cooking and allowing the pieces to cool down, the real fun was to start! Decorating!! The gingerbread pieces can be quite heavy and this process takes some time to make sure everything sticks together well enough before you can start decorating.  Decorating is entirely up to you depending on what type of house you want to create.  Using icing sugar to lightly dust the roof, is a good effect and finishes it off nicely.  I also crushed up different colour smarties, such as brown smarties to make a little road leading up to the front door.  It really is up to you and how creative you can get! Have fun and enjoy!

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