I've been wanting to make a gingerbread house for years, but I'm always so busy around the holidays, it just hasn't happened...until now! This year I planned ahead and did it bit by bit. One day I made the dough. Another day I rolled & baked it. Another day I assembled the basic house. The next day I shingled the roof. You get the idea. Little by little it came together and eventually I had myself an actual, bonafide gingerbread house.
But I can't take all the credit because I used a template from a book called Gingerbread for All Seasons by Teresa Layman. It's an amazing book full of gorgeous gingerbread houses (for all kinds of occasions) with instructions and a template for making each one. I used the template for the "Nantucket Cottage" and then made mine more wintery (the original one was set in spring).
At first I thought it would be so nice to live in this house. But between the shotty roof work, no running water, and the fact that none of the doors actually open...I decided not so much. Besides, I don't think I can get that small, no matter how many rice cakes I eat.
I might not be back until some time around the new year, so Happy Holidays to you all!
|arranging templates on rolled dough|
|dough cut outs|
|assembling the house with royal icing|
|putting the roof on|
|putting shingles on the roof (wheat chex)|
|I used necco wafers to make the stones for the walkway.|
|I sprinkled the roof with confectioners sugar to look like more snow.|
|I piped green royal icing on ice cream cones to make the trees.|
|finishing touches added: lantern (gumdrop and black royal icing), wood |
pile (pretzels), icicles, wreath and trees (sprinkled with confectioners sugar).
I don't know what I was thinking when I piped
that wreath - it should have a hole in the middle.
|I didn't do much in the back. I had planned on making |
a snowman, but I didn't have enough time. But I did make
a hole back there because I had a brilliant plan to light up
the house using glow sticks (glow bracelets, actually).
|As you can see, it only managed to light up one window. |
Plus it turns out I only had blue and green glow
bracelets. So really, it was a pretty bad plan.
I contacted the author of Gingerbread for all Seasons, Teresa Layman, and asked her if I could post the actual templates on my blog for my readers to use. She responded right away and said yes (love her!). But I couldn't figure out a way to keep the sizes accurate. So if you're interested in the templates, just send me an email (to the address on the bottom of the about me page of my blog) and I'll email a pdf to you. Thank you Teresa! (I hope I'm not being presumptuous calling you by your first name...I feel we have a real gingerbread connection now.)
|My daughter made a gingerbread house too. |
Hers has way more excitement & pizzazz. If mine is
Nantucket, hers is Vegas (or maybe Candyland).