*yes I know it’s Monday but this took 2 days to make, so deal with it!
For the last 2 years I have made a gingerbread creation for Christmas Day. The first year it was a lopsided house with too many lollies, then last year was a train…very poorly put together, with too many lollies.
I always make my gingerbread from scratch. It’s so much nicer and I know what is in it. Plus it’s not hard to do. The hard part is designing the feature item, making a paper pattern then trying to fit it all together after it’s baked!
This year I’ve decided to go an easy way. Another house but with only 4 pieces. The first house had 4 walls, a roof and a chopstick holding it all up! I’m glad royal icing goes hard and holds everything together.
Another thing that’s made it easier, I bought a rolling pin. Yes, this year I don’t have to use a wine bottle to roll it out. Oh the ease! Who’d have thought a .50c rolling pin from a flea market would be so valuable? Should have purchased one years ago…
Of course the toddler wanted to help. All he did was put his dirty hands on the dough and complained when I took it to roll it out. I’ve sent him to bed. I did late baking on purpose…he can decorate tomorrow.
I’m always worried I will under cook the gingerbread and the whole thing will be a schmozzle. And I really couldn’t be bothered making another batch. It’s too hot.
My problem? I get over baking half way through…
Time to put this together! The gingerbread came out great. Now for the royal icing. Oh my, the amount of sugar used. Glad I only do this once a year!