Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houseChristmas would not be complete in our house without a gingerbread house, I’ve been decorating them every year since the children were tots. I have to confess I have never made the gingerbread, I’ve always bought it flat-packed from Ikea!! I did once make a gingerbread Noah’s Ark for Helens birthday, but I’m not sure it would have held together for as long as I expect the Christmas houses to.

This is the first year I’ve not been making them to order, my busiest year I made about 18, covered in smarties and cake decorations, hard work but it helped pay for Christmas! A few years ago I started doing a ‘grown-up’ gingerbread house, just decorated with white icing, I think they’re prettier than the sweetie ones.

Gingerbread houseThis year I nearly didn’t have one as I couldn’t get over to Ikea, then my friend spotted one at Morrisons for £5. It’s chunkier, softer gingerbread, feels like it might taste nicer than the Ikea one which is very biscuity.

I learnt a long time ago to decorate the walls first, before assembling it, it is so much easier to make a neat job when its flat on a board, when the children wanted to help they could do a side each. I used a thin layer of icing over the board which also helps to anchor it.005

I always decorate with royal icing made from fresh egg white, I add a little lemon juice to give a bit of strength for the suspended icing. They are surprisingly easy to do, it’s a matter of working fast and ensuring there’s some icing for it to anchor to.

I find that the icing doesn’t have to be perfect as it’s the overall effect that is seen, I’ve got wobbley lines, patched up lines, I can never do two curves symmetrically, but it doesn’t matter, there’s that much going on that no one notices…

Ikea also do gingerbread hearts and stars, they cost about £1 for 10, they are great decorated and hung on the tree, they smell wonderful, children like them with their names on. Next year I shall get myself organised and get over there…

Hope you have a great Christmas x

Gingerbread house

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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One Response to Gingerbread House

  1. lovelucie1 says:

    I love this! What a lovely tradition. Happy Christmas!p

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