Make a Ginger Bread House
By this time your
should of been drying for at least a day. Do this by placing it on wire racks
and just let it set flat until you are ready to decorate it. I would not stack
the pieces on each other to save space. You don't want them to warp.
The first thing I do is to use some of the
royal icing to stick the gingerbread base to the base you are using. A cut piece of wood
covered with aluminum foil works best as then it will not bend. Then I decide where
I want my house to sit. I usually allow more room to the front yard and just a
little to the back. I decorate all the way around it though.
Now you need to get some soup or vegetable
cans, 3 - 4 will do. First I place my back wall
up. I run a line of icing with a decorating bag fit with a star tip on the
base and the house. Smooth the edges carefully, don't worry, you're covering
them up. It is easier to attach the candies if the surface is smooth. Support the walls with the cans. Wait about 5 minutes and
then do the walls. I have found it best to put a line of icing on both pieces
where they are being attached. Again support with the cans. Wait again a few
minutes and put on the front piece. It should look something like this one at
this point. Now I let it dry for at least 1/2 hour before putting on the roof.
If you want to put something like a tree inside the gingerbread house, do it before putting
the roof on. It is almost impossible after the roof is on to decorate the inside
of the house. Be sure to use a little royal icing to glue the pieces down.
When putting on the roof, I used tomato paste
cans to support the roof while it dried. You may need to use something
different, you just want it to hold the roof up so it doesn't slide or you can
hold it in place until it sets, but the can method is easier. After getting my
roof on I usually give the house at least 2 hours to set before I start
decorating. Starting to decorate too early can cause the walls to warp.
Adding the Candy to your Gingerbread House
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