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Fri Dec 14, 2018, 02:12 PM

I was thinking of building a gingerbread house

I’ve never made one, but have fond childhood memories. I’ve found a huge amount of construction advice online. You can build the structure of gingerbread, graham crackers, or something called “structural gingerbread,” which is technically edible but not meant to be eaten. For glue, there’s royal icing or caramel. Decorate before or after construction. The variations seem endless.

Anyone here have experience and advice on the subject of gingerbread construction?

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Reply I was thinking of building a gingerbread house (Original post)
spinbaby Dec 2018 OP
WhiteTara Dec 2018 #1
ret5hd Dec 2018 #2
Major Nikon Dec 2018 #6
ret5hd Dec 2018 #7
fierywoman Dec 2018 #8
JHan Dec 2018 #10
flying rabbit Dec 2018 #16
sinkingfeeling Dec 2018 #3
applegrove Dec 2018 #4
CrispyQ Dec 2018 #5
fierywoman Dec 2018 #9
spinbaby Dec 2018 #12
fierywoman Dec 2018 #13
dem in texas Dec 2018 #11
Vinca Dec 2018 #14
spinbaby Dec 2018 #15

Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 02:16 PM

1. Sometimes my mom would use waffles too for the sides

But real gingerbread is divine.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 02:18 PM

2. Did you get a building permit from the city?

Do your blueprints show which walls are load bearing?

Have you found a source for the tiny little low-flow shower head you will need?

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 02:57 PM

6. Not a bad idea










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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 03:05 PM

7. "You're a real messed up dude sometimes."

"I know."

Man, how many times have I heard THAT statement!

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 03:24 PM

8. OMG brilliant!

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 03:42 PM

10. epic

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 11:22 PM

16. WTF!

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 02:22 PM

3. I've made a few. You need a firm gingerbread to support itself.

I use royal icing to join the pieces and to decorate. If you have kids or grandchildren do allow them to do the decorating. That's the best part.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 02:26 PM

4. Made one from scratch when i was a kid. Made one for kids when i was an adult

out of a kit. Kit much easier. The creativity is in the decor once the thing is made. Plus you can eat the whole thing when it is a kit..

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 02:34 PM

5. The first time we made one we used our favorite gingerbread cookie recipe.

The shapes we cut all rose in the oven so they weren't straight & flat. The next time I didn't add any leavening & the pieces were flat. I would recommend that if you want a nice looking gingerbread house.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 03:26 PM

9. There used to be a Martha Stewart one out there in internet land --

as I recall, it was humongous; my advice: scale it down a bit!

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 05:56 PM

12. OMG

I just googled Martha Stewart gingerbread house and discovered that she’d recreated Downton Abbey in gingerbread. A mite more ambitious than what I had in mind.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2881269/A-royal-gingerbread-house-Martha-Stewart-recreates-Downton-Abbey-mansion-cookies-icing.html

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 07:27 PM

13. You go, babe !!!

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 04:58 PM

11. Used to make then from Graham crackers - great kids project

I used to cut a piece of heavy cardboard, cover with foil and put up the house using a heavy frosting to make the graham crackers stand, make one for each child. Then let each child decorate their own house. Have lots of candy on hand, be sure to have gum drops, peppermint and sprinkles. anything else that is colorful. , have lots of frosting. Good time for all.

I have a tiny gingerbread boy cutter, I make the dough from the recipe in old 1960's copy of Joy of Cooking for dough for Gingerbread house. Makes hard crisp gingerbread boys. I still make them, they look so cute on a tray of Christmas cookies. I am going to bake next week.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 08:15 PM

14. Years ago I made a Victorian gingerbread house that I saw in Goodhousekeeping Magazine.

It was really fun to make and really gorgeous in the end. The thing I remember most is how much confectioner's sugar I went through making icing. I swear it was like 25 lbs. I remember reinforcing the walls from the inside with great globs of the stuff. If you can locate the December, 1994 issue it's on the cover.

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