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.



8 comments:

  1. That is officially fantastic! I made one a few years ago so I know how fiddly they can be. Have a great Christmas and don't eat the Gingerbread House til last as it looks so nice! xCathy

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    1. It has to remain untouched until the children arrive...which is why it will have a big stack of chocolate logs beside it for those who can't resist!X

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  2. Looks smashing Kate, good on you, loads of work but obviously worth the effort. Looking forward to seeing the finished article though all those giant choccy buttons are making me hungry! Did you see Kirstie's effort last night? She should have brought her camera crew to your house!
    Hen x

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    1. I did Hen- as I watched my jaw dropped lower and lower and lower...the first day is the time consuming one, when you make and bake, thereafter it is ten minutes a day max to stick stuff on and stick it together!X

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  3. yummy house! :) great job done, enjoy its fruits..sorry cookies and chocolates!Anna

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    1. Trying to resist the siren call of the chocolate Anna!

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  4. Gingerbread House looks wonderfully mouthwatering!! I chickened out and made a Biscuit Tree (Lakeland cutters!!) Looked pretty good, will def attempt the House next year when the children are older!!! Hope to see you again in Bridport next year!! Off on a 'once in a lifetime' holiday next week to the Caribbean, but in my heart of hearts I wish I was going to Dorset!!! Am not ungrateful, just a home-bird!! But I do hope to find some sunshine!! Have a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year love Heather

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    1. Hello Heather- hope its not too flooded in Bridport- hoping family will make it up here though the water to eat the gingerbread house. I've been tempted by those lakeland cutters, but just love making the house.I'll be at the Hat Fest again next year, see you there and enjoy your holiday- will be nice to get away from the rain and gloom.Happy Christmas and New Year to you too! X

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