I’ve always been fascinated by Gingerbread houses. The sweetly decorated spicy cake takes me back to days when my grandmother would bring gingerbread men (lebkuchen) from the German bazaar down the road and I’d eat off of it for days! When I got older they didn’t ever last as long though…
After seeing this post on how to make a gingerbread house by Yuppiechef I was totally inspired! I knew I’d be at our family farm for the entire December and thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to get my hands dirty and tackle the task of creating my very own one.
I went shopping for all sorts of sweets and biscuits to decorate my house with (I may or may not have gotten carried away), made the dough, cut out the shapes and baked up the bits for the structure.
As we were at the farm with no electricity I didn’t have an electric beater and managed to convince Ross to do some of the heavy whisking work for the icing/glue. I’ve also been meaning to impart some photography knowledge on him, hence the pictures of me. I think he did a pretty good job with the camera!
I’ve never really played with decorating with icing much and going into a part-time patisserie course in 2015 I decided I’d need to practice anyway. Let’s just say I have lots of room for improvement!
Constructing the house was probably the toughest part as you need to practice a lot of patience – if you let go of the pieces to quickly and the ‘glue’ hasn’t set it all just falls apart… With the decorating I didn’t really plan anything and went in blindly, going along as I pleased and adding a pretzel for windows or making stepping stones out at the front door. It was really fun!
I was pretty chuffed with the end result, even more so with the way my creation made the whole house smell of gorgeous spices! So festive! We had many debates over dinner and wine as to whether or not we should smash and eat it or let it be.
Once I got over the hard work I’d put into it I decided it would be a shame not to enjoy it and we smashed it on the 27th of December, which we have now dubbed as our annual Gingerbread House Smashing and Galjoen (fish) eating day. Here’s to the next one!