Gingerbread House : Phase 1

Construction is underway for the gingerbread house!

We finally had our first snowfall and that spurred me into action. My right-hand girl, Miranda, was there to help me and we spent a relaxed afternoon listening to Christmas music and playing with ca
ndy. Snow fell all day long and we were pretty content as we chatted and got in touch with our creative sides.
“I don’t have a creative side” said Miranda, but it was obvious that she does (all Wimbushes do!)
by her expert handiwork. I was happy to have her around to help with all the ‘masonry’.

As we worked and munched, each sugar high was higher and each crash was lower until we finally said “eno
ugh!” and left the rest for another day.
Here are some photos of the process.

Noah checking to make sure the dough is coming together just right. Can you tell this is a pre-haircut shot? 🙂

Cutting out the pieces of gingerbread.

Raising the walls. They are burnt on purpose to dry them out as much as possible so they don’t soften and fold.

And here we have the shell together and it’s going to dry overnight.
In case you can’t tell, it’s going to be a church. Stop by soon to see the finished product!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Will you eat your masterpiece once it’s done? That’s always my dilemma…

  2. I won’t, but I’ll probably give it to the kids at church or relatives. It’s made to be eaten and I loved watching youngsters tear into previous houses…I will always remember the first time I saw a house made out of candy-I was about 6-and I wasn’t alowed to touch it or eat it. That experience scarred me very deeply. Very.

  3. eat it!! Are you nuts? I worked my fingers to the bone for this….. I still have a kink in my neck!

  4. Ahem. I believe that I hold the deed to this property. Sorry, it’s for consuming.
    Too bad about your neck! 😉

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