It's a bit of a tradition in our family to make gingerbread houses every year. Well, not every year, sometimes we remember how fiddly + time consuming they are to make. It always seems like a good idea until you're in the middle of it! It's even more difficult with our high humidity in the tropics.
Anyway, this year, to make it even more of a challenge, I decided to make an Australian style Gingerbread House.... Again, it seemed like a great idea at the time!
I found a recipe and some templates from Taste but it was a really large house so I scaled it down a little bit so that I could make two houses out of one batch of pastry (as well as some little gingerbread people to go inside the house!). I found the templates here. And then I scaled them down and made a little cardboard house first to make sure all the proportions were okay. The original template from Taste had the house up on liquorice allsort stumps but I didn't go to quite as much detail as that. I also loved the spider and Christmas lights on the roof in the original version. I'd love to know how many houses they had to make before they got the perfect house for the photoshoot!
After making the gingerbread biscuits (just like a pre-fab house), my mother-in-law kindly offered her air-conditioned kitchen to construct and decorate the houses. This was great on two accounts, a cool environment meant the icing didn't slide everywhere and it made it less likely for me to lose my cool!!
When I finished, I realised I'd omitted the solar panels and the rainwater tanks. Another challenge for next year!!
The house turned out really well but storing the houses is always an issue in our humid climate so I wasn't really surprised when the awning collapsed. I better get cracking and do some repairs so it can be used as the table centrepiece on Christmas day!
Merry Christmas everyone.