Wednesday, 14 December 2011
It's beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas, the decorations are up, the Christmas cakes are baked and the weather men and women are harping on about the possibility of a white Christmas. I have been very jealous listening to everyone talking about their Christmas cake decorating and looking at pictures of gorgeous Christmas cakes on pinterest. Those of us out there who don't like the traditional Christmas fruit cake need a decorating challenge don't we?
Enter the magnificent Gingerbread House! They are cute, Christmassy and a bit of a challenge to decorate. So, I decided to dust off my rolling pin and piping bag and give it a go!
As you can see it is not perfect, the icing on the roof was a bit runny so I went a bit overboard with it and the silverspoon giant jazzie roof tiles didn't work out as I planned, but gosh I am proud!
I didn't really sit and plan it out as I should. It was only once it was cooked that I realised I forgot to cut out windows! So in future I think I will hold my horses and plan a little better before jumping in with both feet, I was just super excited to build it and decorate it.
I would love to make this a regular Christmas tradition, I hope one day to be building houses with my children and grandchildren. It is so much fun, much better than stinkin' fruit cake!
I used Rachel Allen's recipe which made a lovely firm yet tasty gingerbread. I followed her measurements as well but I found the roof panel a little too skinny so it is worth checking the pieces fit together on paper before baking.
I won't be posting the recipe here as I followed hers to the letter, so check out the link above for the full recipe.
I will be entering my gingerbread house into the Great British Baking Club December Challenge. If you fancy taking part in this challenge all you have to do is get baking! Once you have your house made simply head over to the GBBC and check out the rules and guidelines etc...
Are you a gingerbread house expert? I am slightly addicted to looking at pictures of them so show me yours?