There is only one way to explain the process of building this house. EPIC.
Just making enough dough to make all the panels and a few gingerbread men took two hours, the baking took another hour. Then assembly, another hour and a solid two hours of decoration. Six hours, admittedly over 2 days, but still six hours of standing, mixing, kneading, rolling, cutting, baking, cooling, sticking, holding, more sticking, trusting gravity not to destroy four hours of work, sticking what seemed like hundreds of lollies onto vertical surfaces, putting together a gingerbread hot tub and sleighs, attempting a fence around the house and a final dusting of icing sugar.
It was perfect, well almost, so perfect that any imperfections could be covered with a little royal icing and some kind of sickly sweet treat. With the help of my Mum and little brother, icing up to the elbows and minimal mishaps the 2011 Gingerbread House was complete. I’ll put the recipe in the recipe page but for now I hope you enjoy the photos of the creation of the house that created a lot of Christmas joy this year.
I’ll post the recipe closer to next Christmas, so enjoy the photos and imagine the sickly sweet smell it produced.
P.S. A big thank you to my Mum for the use of her kitchen for two days and for letting me spread flour and icing sugar from one end to the other x
The next post will be a Nigella Lawson Pantry Raspberry Chocolate Cake, stay tuned. Sonia xx