In this post I will share a little about each of the gingerbread houses I have made. For detailed instructions and recipes go to this post.
This was my first attempt at "sugar glass" windows. I didn't get the outcome I wanted until just last year. Hopefully my instructions will help you make it work more easily.
The pumpkins, tombstone, and noose are marzipan and the grass is coconut dyed with food coloring.
I places a flickering light inside the house to turn on at night. Spooky!
This house was a monster! I think all of the houses photograph a little small but you really cannot tell how huge this one really was. At about 40 inches it was taking up half of our dining table!
The windows are a little better but still not totally transparent.
It is lit with a string of white Christmas lights places inside.
The "glass" windows turned out perfectly so you are able to see the Christmas tree in the front window.
Those are the 4 house I have completed and I can't wait to get working on a 5th!
I hope I have gotten some of you excited to try making your own gingerbread house this year! I am happy to answer any questions.
Christmas at The von Trapp's
For my 5th house I decided to replicate the home of the von Trapps in the movie The Sound of Music. This was the first time I made a replica of a real house and it proved to be lots of fun getting all the details right.
Everything (except the interior lights) is edible. The structure is gingerbread that has been "painted" with royal icing. The front door and surround are marzipan, the white trim is fondant, the roof tiles are made out of Bid Red gum, and the wreath and garland are made out of royal icing.