Thursday, 20 December 2012
Gingerbread House : Raising the Roof
The final stage before putting everything in your arrangement together is raising the roof. The roof slabs are the heaviest piece and the hardest to stick, so be patient with this and use plenty of icing to cement the pieces together. The wet weather isn't helping to make icing set and gingerbread stay crisp, so be extra careful and give plenty of time for everything to be properly fixed.
Finish all your embellishing of the house walls before you put the roof on- I rather like these little Holly Leaves and Berries- cake sprinkles from Sainsbury's- stuck on with a little chocolate icing.
Fix one side of the roof at a time, trust me, don't try to do the second one until the first is firmly fixed, I learned this the hard way!
Put plenty of icing cement onto the slope of the gable and the top of the wall, gently place the roof slab into position and prop your house up so the roof slab lies flat and dries in position- lay the house on a soft towel to prevent damaging its decorations. Once the tops are in position, put more icing along the join at the top of the roof and stick on the 'ridge pole' made from finger biscuits/sweets.