I made my first Gingerbread house yesterday! I was feeling festive and had a friends 21st that night and decided to give it to her for a present! I was so scared it was going to break or not work or something but it ended up working fine yayyy!
I had read a few recipes beforehand and they all said to make cardboard templates so everything was the right size. I just used paper instead because it seemed easier and it worked just fine!
My sister helped me hold everything in place, and I made sure the pieces were almost completely cool before I joined them together! The recipe says to use tinned cans to hold up the walls while the icing dries. I tried to do this, but it just didnt work because it made dents in the icing, so I just held the sides until it was dry and added heaps of extra icing just to make sure it all held together!
I filled the inside with Lindt balls and Ferrero Rocher too!
I decorated with Candy Canes, Raspberries, Jaffas, Mini Marshmallows, Coconut and Cadbury Giant Buttons and sprinkled it with icing sugar at the end!
All up it probably took about 6 and a half hours. At the beginning of the recipe it says to freeze the dough for four hours, I only did it for about an hour and that seemed long enough! So the longest parts were just waiting for the mixture to cool in the freezer a few times and then to cool at the end. But in the in between time I cut my templates and made the icing. I think I'll make another one for Christmas! Yay! I found it super hard to make it look really neat and clean, the icing just drips, but I guess it looks like snow!
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