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...
Use a new Kebab stick to push the crushed lolly into the corner of the windows...
|Two toned windows....|
Baking the Gingerbread House
|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
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.
Refer to Chelsea Sugar for more detail.
1 egg white2 ½ - 3 cups Chelsea Icing Sugar1- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
|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!
|The children never ate all the lollies....just what they wanted!|
|The Weeping Gingerbread House|