Saturday, December 24, 2011

Our Gingerbread House Lacked Structural Integrity

Today we decided to make a gingerbread house. I had made gingerbread dough and knew that it was chillin in the fridge. We were just going to make cookies but got it in our heads to make a house. My mother in law busted out her gingerbread house templates and we made a big old batch of royal icing. It was fun and we learned a lot. But we do not have a finished house.

Here is the best picture we got. This was before the crash. It looked really nice. Here are the things I learned. A gingerbread house is not a 1 day project. You should make the gingerbread walls a few days in advance and let it dry out. Then you should build the house and let that dry before you make an attempt to decorate. Had we done all that maybe this would not have happened.

I had even tried to add some flying buttresses. It did no good. You can also see we put cans inside the house hoping they would hold it up. Nothing helped. It was just too fresh and moist and well just turned into a big big mess! However it was really really fun.

And we did make cookies out of the leftover gingerbread dough. I made a batch of brown sugar vanilla icing and the cookies tasted really great.

So if your gingerbread house lacks structural integrity, don't let it get you down. Just see what you can learn from it scrape up and eat what you can and move on.

We will be having a fun time here in the not so cold north. I hope that where ever you are that you are having an awesome Christmas!

Peace Out! C

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