The Weeping Gingerbread House

This year we made a 'Gingerbread House' (from a new recipe and template). The young man requested one and he designed all the windows in the house himself...

You know the saying 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' well that's exactly what happened when we all decided to decorate the house. It was a free for all, we each did a side each using a non-functioning icing set. I was into totally 'overkill', I just put marshmallows everywhere, especially on the roof to try and hide the bad snow job!

Even though the Gingerbread was very tasty and moorish, it went way too soft on the house the next day. The Lollipop windows melted also. I blame the rain and humidity...In the end the Gingerbread House looked like it was a house of tears...

This mixture smells divine. You can find the recipe here.

Firstly though I'll show you how we made the windows...

Making Stained Glass Windows For A Gingerbread House
You need boiled sweets to do this, they have to be crushed, this bit gets messy...But we have found the perfect solution to this, just use wrapped boiled Lollipops. Pam's is the brand used here, they were just perfect.

The job of crushing Lollipops was given to the young man...

Once crushed carefully snip the corner of the wrapper and pour into the cut window...

Use a new Kebab stick to push the crushed lolly into the corner of the windows...

Mixing the crushed Lolly colours is fun too!

Two toned windows....

Baking the Gingerbread House

Windows baked....
Imprinting the roof tiles and cutting with a knife the
hot Gingerbread House pieces to straighten up....
Because we didn't do the base for the Gingerbread House,
their was plenty left over for biscuits

Icing and Decorating The Gingerbread House

Royal Icing
3 eggs whites
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
Icing Sugar  approx 500g. Use as much  or little as I needed

Whisk the egg whites and Cream of Tarter until stiff. Then fold in Icing Sugar beating as you go until consistency you need is reached.

I must admit this Royal Icing is very good for gluing the house together and covering the board. But I  personally prefer a Royal Icing like the one below for decorating my Gingerbread House... Next Christmas I'll know better.

Royal Icing
1 egg white2 ½ - 3 cups Chelsea Icing Sugar1- 2 Tbsp lemon juice

 Refer to Chelsea Sugar for more detail.

Beating the glue icing....
So busy beating the icing I forgot about the rest of the baking.....
Too late... I BURNT it!

Who will help decorate the gingerbread house? The Granny, the Mother and the Child!

This part was easy as this Royal Icing glued the sides easily...
Excuse messy Muffin tin I need a new one...Lollies chopped
and ready for decorating!
Now perhaps we all should have stopped here....Less is more they say!
No we never stopped, the icing was went everywhere,
 especially where you didn't want it to go!
Who will help eat the Gingerbread House?

The children never ate all the lollies....just what they wanted!
The Weeping Gingerbread House


  1. OH how fun and yummy smelling.. Memories that the kids will never forget.. Happy new years.

  2. Yes very yummy smelling and memories....Happy New Years :)


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