For a couple of years I have had this pin on my Pinterest board. I mentioned the idea of doing something similar as a family gathering to my sister, next thing you know she’d bought a great cutter set. Looked like I was doing the crazy idea this year.
I set about making the house’s – six in all – and used this recipe x 4. After baking the first batch and dragging Gav into the kitchen to help me we decided to cut the houses about a 1/4 inch smaller than the template. They spread so much during the baking process that the sides of the pieces were no longer straight so after baking and when the pieces had just come out of the oven we carefully, as the gingerbread was hot of course, cut the baked dough again with the template. That way we had uniform pieces to stick together. Gingerbread firms up quite quickly when it comes out of the oven so speed was key.
We stored the pieces in airtight tins with some baking parchment in between each piece. When it came time to assemble them Gav helped again. It would have been impossible with just one person especially as we were doing so many. I used ‘royal icing’ icing sugar to which you added water and then piped the icing on the edges while Gav set the pieces together on the cake boards. It was quite the production line. As you can see we used a variety of tin cans, cups and anything we could to hold the pieces in place.
The came the fun bit. We set out a variety of sweets and candy canes and chocolate fingers.
And let them go……
Gav and I were blown away by their creativity, focus and I guess a little competitiveness as there were prizes! But really who knew they had this in them?!
My Mum and Hannah’s creation. Cute Gingerbread man!
My older niece Holly’s house – she was decorating on her own, everyone else was in two’s so go Hol!
My nephew Josh and Sammy’s house – they used a shimmer spray on those white chocolate buttons!
My other nephew Adam and Natalie’s house. (Their’s is the top photo of this post too.)
And finally my sister Bev and her husband David’s house.
And this photo made my heart sing.
I think they were kinda proud of themselves eh?
Truly a magical afternoon of Christmas fun. Thanks you guys for joining in!