Anyone Interested In Doing A Gingerbread House Thread

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-K8memphis Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 1:55pm
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maybe one could be a broken window maybe? maybe one could have a curtain flying out the window like if it was real breezy--variations for when maybe the open window might not work?  

 

and what about just reframing them to hold the panes down?

-K8memphis Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 3:55pm
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and you could have a cat in one window and someone waving out a window, someone sitting in a window reading and a pie on the window sill cooling and a puppy trying to reach up an grab it and...a candle in another window and...a sign in another window--'day sleeper do not knock', 'sleigh for rent january through december 23rd'

 

geez, k8, turn it off already!

-K8memphis Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 3:57pm
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last one i promise--what about melting hard sugar candies like butterscotch* and jolly ranchers and making stained glass-ish replacements--then mortar them in with royal

 

butterscotch are really good for this type of application

 

done--i'm finished--so done

cakesrock Posted 14 Nov 2013 , 6:23pm
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Those are great ideas, K8:-D

 

! But I dont' know that many of them could workarrow-10x10.png. The curtains might... Here is a photo of the (undecorated) house before all the windows lifted -so you can get a sense of how challenging it is to fix them,as I can't get in behind. There are several windows on the side too!

Thanks,

Terri

-K8memphis Posted 14 Nov 2013 , 11:34pm
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well it looks absolutely amazing in it's in progress state--wish you the best figuring out the window challenge

cakesrock Posted 15 Nov 2013 , 3:48am
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well it looks absolutely amazing in it's in progress state--wish you the best figuring out the window challenge

thanks! Kids are helping so there will be a lot more candies stuck on ! I may leave the windows empty/open or try to do curtains...appreciate all the suggestions!

I will post finished pic when we're done!

cakesrock Posted 16 Nov 2013 , 5:28am
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Well, here's the final result! I did some quick poured sugar windows and attached them from the outside and used your idea of curtains, K8. Good suggestion - smoke and mirrors...

-K8memphis Posted 16 Nov 2013 , 12:15pm
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oh i love it--you did a great job

 

smoke & mirrors for the win 

 

 

 

*:-)/\:-) high five

BrandisBaked Posted 16 Nov 2013 , 4:38pm
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AWow, this is an old thread! Nice job on the gingerbread house! :-)

cazza1 Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 9:03am
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An old thread that becomes relevant at this time each year.  Has anyone else made a gingerbread house?  And why do they only seem to get made at Christmas?

shanter Posted 5 Dec 2013 , 5:05pm
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An old thread that becomes relevant at this time each year.  Has anyone else made a gingerbread house?  And why do they only seem to get made at Christmas?


Because it's a fun thing to do with kids, when they're out of school?

Because it's fun to decorate with snow and icicles and snowmen, etc.?

Tradition?

All of the above?

 

Actually, I think a gingerbread house situated in the spring would be cute, all flowery with birds and butterflies.

-K8memphis Posted 7 Dec 2013 , 6:03pm
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look out world--i'm about to mix up a vahst and mighty amount of gingerbread to make a christmas tree farm full of tall and fragrant 3-d gingerbread trees--enough to cover a mountain--aghhhh i am baker hear me roar--all trimmed in white chocolate 'snow'

 

i've got more than 20 pounds of flour--i'll see how much i can make--my most limited ingredient is the molasses & honey* combination so i will do some math and see how much i can convert into lumber er agh gingerbread trees--

 

it is f.r.e.a.k.i.n.g cold in memphis tn--srsly bone breaking cold--i always bake when it's cold--halelujah i got something to bake!

 

*honey prices are out the roof huh

Crazy-Gray Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 12:03am
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look out world--i'm about to mix up a vahst and mighty amount of gingerbread to make a christmas tree farm full of tall and fragrant 3-d gingerbread trees--enough to cover a mountain--aghhhh i am baker hear me roar--all trimmed in white chocolate 'snow'

i've got more than 20 pounds of flour--i'll see how much i can make--my most limited ingredient is the molasses & honey* combination so i will do some math and see how much i can convert into lumber er agh gingerbread trees--

it is f.r.e.a.k.i.n.g cold in memphis tn--srsly bone breaking cold--i always bake when it's cold--halelujah i got something to bake!

*honey prices are out the roof huh

Lol Kate :-) ...you gonna hide little things in the forest?? Fondant kids in trees maybe? A lost Santa?

I don't really like gingerbread so I just make things out of sugar cookie... You could try that to stretch put the ingredients?

-K8memphis Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 2:08am
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look out world--i'm about to mix up a vahst and mighty amount of gingerbread to make a christmas tree farm full of tall and fragrant 3-d gingerbread trees--enough to cover a mountain--aghhhh i am baker hear me roar--all trimmed in white chocolate 'snow'

i've got more than 20 pounds of flour--i'll see how much i can make--my most limited ingredient is the molasses & honey* combination so i will do some math and see how much i can convert into lumber er agh gingerbread trees--

it is f.r.e.a.k.i.n.g cold in memphis tn--srsly bone breaking cold--i always bake when it's cold--halelujah i got something to bake!

*honey prices are out the roof huh

Lol Kate icon_smile.gif ...you gonna hide little things in the forest?? Fondant kids in trees maybe? A lost Santa?

I don't really like gingerbread so I just make things out of sugar cookie... You could try that to stretch put the ingredients?

 

oh great idea for the sugar cookies~~

 

and i'm shipping 'my forest' out individually to family for the holidays--was perhaps exaggerating a bit there about 'the tree farm covering a mountain'--heheheh

 

i also take little cubes of peanut butter fudge and pipe ribbon & bows on them like they are wrapped packages to put at the bottom of the trees--

 

but i've got some cool sugar cookie snowflake cutters with the additional tiny cutters that cut out the inside sections--be great for gifts too--thanks, c-grey!

cazza1 Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 2:34am
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Looking forward to seeing some pictures K8.

-K8memphis Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 2:41am
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thank you, cazza, will do

 

Fomhika Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 11:01am
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Hello to all you beautiful gals and dapper guys! I'm a long time reader, first time poster and was hoping to get some advice from you talented and wonderful people.

 

Every year for Christmas, I set myself some humongous baking task to give away. This year is gingerbread houses. Oh yes, in plural! I'm making three houses this year and scenery to boot. It is the first time I have ever made a gingerbread house so I'm learning as I'm playing. I think I have everything in order so I can just slip, slop, slap and voila, three pretty houses constructed, decorated and ready to be given on Christmas Day.

 

I have already designed the houses (three different designs), made cardboard structures of the designs and cut the templates. I also have printed up templates for royal icing transfers to be started this week and have started the fondant (with Tylose) figures. The four different doughs are mixed and have been sitting in the freezer waiting to be baked this week. I also have bags of chocolate and lollies at the ready.

 

I knew I would run into some problems as I live in Queensland, Australia as high humidity and heat are the joys of Christmas. So, I made a "test shack" a week ago to test the dough, see how things should progress and to try out a few suggestions I found in this post and around the internet. This is where I need some advice.

 

I used burnt sugar to join the walls and roof of my test shack which worked somewhat well. It set quickly but a wee bit tacky and it is still tacky a week after making. I don't think it was at the correct stage when I used it. I am planning on reinforcing the joins with a light smearing of royal icing. Is this the best method considering high humidity?

 

I am also having problems with my biscuits being too soft. Two of my doughs are a light colour and I don't want to burn them. I added extra flour and tried cooking the biscuits for longer at a slightly lower temperature but they had brown edges and were still soft up until today. Even today, they are soft on the outside but have a bit of a snap to them. Should I just keep them at the higher temperature and bake for longer than recommended? Does anyone have some tips?

 

I want to start the final process of melting windows, attaching transfers and lollies, piping decorations and construction of the houses on the 22nd of December, as I want them to be fresh as possible for nibbling. Is this feasible if I have all other aspects ready to go?

 

Sorry this post is so long and I thank you in advance for any help you can give.

-K8memphis Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 1:42pm
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i learned from "frankies attic", an old and unforutunately expired website, that using honey instead of molasses in the dough reduces the damage and unpredictability that humidity induces into walls and structure--

 

i understand you already have your doughs ready to go--and i don't know if you used molasses but i've used that principle for most all my gingerbread and i've never had an issue--

 

as far as gluing with cooked sugar in a humid environment--not your best choice-- royal icing without any of the cooked sugar would be better--if you can get gum arabic to add to your royal it will strengthen it--i'd use royal--

 

for windows--crushed melted butterscotch candy disks are the least reactive to the environment--

 

again i learned these precious gingerbread facts from franky's attic--

 

these peeps are the experts http://www.gingerbreadexchange.com/

Fomhika Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 3:00pm
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Thank you so much for replying K8!

 

I used Golden Syrup in the recipes and apparently that is good for humidity (cross fingers). I've started baking some of the pieces tonight and Ill' see how they are when they've cooled.

 

Thank you for the advice about the burnt sugar, I was worried about that. I can get my hands on some gum arabic and give that a go, I was just worried about the drying time with the royal icing.

 

I have clear/yellow butterscotch candy that has been imported from America as I can only find the creamy ones around here.

 

Thank you so much for the link! I have pored over Ultimate Gingerbread and Gingerbread House Heaven for the past two months. Again, thank you! The more information, the better. :P

-K8memphis Posted 8 Dec 2013 , 3:23pm
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awesome on the golden syrup--i've never used it--i would love to see pictures if that is possible--no pressure--hope all goes very well and you are very welcome--

 

i think if you are careful to be efficient with applying the royal you hopefully will have good results--at least better than with burnt sugar--and melted chocolate is another possibility but--not in the heat--

 

i tell yah what i like to do for really large buildings and this might be of benefit in the extreme conditions you are in--i set the walls down into the bottom board--by that i mean i cut a floor for the building out of a couple cardboards so it's three eighths to a half inch deep-- glue & place the walls against that then place more thick cardboard around the outside perimeter of the building so that it has that little bit more stability--just a thought for you--and you might need to extend the pattern to allow for the extra sunken/hidden bit--

 

happy gingerbreadin' to you 

Fomhika Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 4:07pm
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Ahhhh, the Christmas and New Year rush is all done and I can finally sit down to reply and show photos!

 

Since you asked K8, I took a photo of the three types of dough I used for the houses. I used Win's Edible Gingerbread House recipe on page 22 of this thread, just changed the spices and used butter instead of shortening and Golden Syrup instead of Molasses. My family also don't like a spicy gingerbread so the spices were different for each one. 

 

The first one is normal gingerbread, the second one had no ginger in it and the bottom one had no spices at all (it was nice and had a delicious golden syrup flavour to it).

 

And here they are baked and partially decorated.

 

The Gingerbread House:   No Ginger:   No Spices: 

 

Due to the heat and humidity, I did not put the roofs on until I gave them, which was a good thing because they only stood for about two hours before starting to collapse.

 

The royal icing held up really well, so thank you for that advice K8.

 

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year!

-K8memphis Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 4:47pm
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oh no they didn't fall! omg--honey does not react to humidity--i use honey to substitute for a lot or all of the molasses--maybe try subbing honey out for the golden syrup? i so want yours to last longer than two hours--my little trees are 8" tall and definitely not as gravity defying as a house but i've shipped them all over the country and they will stand for weeks--and the houses i've done in the past--massive creations stand for months--i did the rialto bridge partially and it stood no problem-o

 

no no no  no no--switch to honey for walls & roofs at least--don't let that work go down the tubes!

 

and i love your stuff --thanks for posting!!

 

i love the figure modeling and your teeny tiny piping is perfect

 

sniff sniff

-K8memphis Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 5:00pm
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oh i just scrolled up and see that we had the honey discussion before--well now we know!

 

:)

sarahlc8 Posted 25 Jul 2014 , 12:31pm
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This may not be the time of yr to ask this but I am already gearing up for it..... I have been asked to do a GB workshop for a homeschool community.  I would provide a already assembled house's and provide the frosting & candy along with helping along the way. Ages 4-10.  My question is I'm not sure what to charge.  Any suggestion?

cazza1 Posted 25 Jul 2014 , 12:57pm
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Hey K8, I'm still waiting to see the promised photos from Christmas.  I do love looking at the pics on gingerbread exchange while I'm waiting.

-K8memphis Posted 25 Jul 2014 , 1:10pm
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Hey K8, I'm still waiting to see the promised photos from Christmas.  I do love looking at the pics on gingerbread exchange while I'm waiting.

 

did i promise pictures? all i did was my usual 8" 3-d trees and maybe a sleigh or two last year which i have posted before -- i can't find what i said -- what did i promise?

 

but funny you should bring this up -- gingerbread is in the oklahoma state sugar art event this year sept/oct -- which i know oklahoma, u.s.a. is a bit of a journey for you cazza but i was trying to get motivated to finally finish my rialto bridge -- i get it so far then since there's no end game -- no one to present it to i poop out -- i have zillions of ideas to fill the 'shops' with that line the bridge but ... i'm also completely unmotivated to compete-- i would maybe like to show it if i got going... ... .... just any minute ... there's a museum that has a gingerbread display every year ... thought maybe i'd gift it to an italian restaurant ... ....

 

what pictures ? :-D

-K8memphis Posted 25 Jul 2014 , 1:15pm
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here's a tree waiting to get shipped -- makes a cute centerpiece --

 

the recipient just slips the two pieces together --

 

below are some snowflake cookies and an airplane cookie tossed in for good measure ;)

 

 

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cazza1 Posted 26 Jul 2014 , 3:06am
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The pictures were of the tree that you showed above.  You said you were making a whole tree farm.  I must admit I was hoping you would assemble them all, just for the hell of it, so we could see a picture of them all.

 

I keep thinking about gingerbread but never get around to it.  I really MUST add it to my to do list.

-K8memphis Posted 26 Jul 2014 , 10:36am
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AI remember now -- in post 464 I was right when I said 'i was perhaps exaggerating' about the whole forest alive with elves and fairies -- although I thought I took some pictures... Wonder where they are...

Dayti Posted 16 Nov 2014 , 11:34pm
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I don't know how I stumbled upon this thread, but I did, and now it's all your fault that I spent the last few days faffing about with a gingerbread house! It is a test, and I will give it to a friend later this week. I have never made one before so I am quite pleased at my humble little "Elf House" - template from Frankies Attic web archive thingy. I would make the chimney less tall next time, I'm not loving it, so I need to cut an inch off the template before I forget. I need to decorate the chimney somehow...I was trying to steer clear of too much gumpaste...ideas?

I used a Peggy Porschen recipe, just baked longer than suggested. It's pretty sturdy. I knocked it off a high stool today. It crashed on a corner of the board and the top of the chimney:eek: Damage to RI flooded board on that corner but nothing else apparent - but you should have heard me yelp. 

 

It's not screaming Christmas at me either, maybe because of the sweets I chose to stick on it? It's a bit pastel coloured. Add more snow? I have to put piping gel on the pond to make it look icy, and ribbon around the board. Am toying with icicles but I don't want them all falling off. Other ideas? Oh, and totally didn't think/realise you would be able to see the bare cake drum inside the house....not sure how to cover up the silver "floor"!

 

 

p.s. please excuse finger partially over the phones camera...

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