I bought a Gingerbread House kit as a treat for my boys recently. It seemed like such a magical-mommy festive thing to do. I thought the kit would make the process quick and easy so we could get down to the real process of eating it. Create it, appreciate the the beauty and then eat it.
Well, I wish I had taken a picture of how it turned out. You would have laughed yourself to tears. The kit kindly came with gingerbread house panels already baked and cut, sweets for decorating and a pack of icing glue. Now, if there is one thing I have learnt about assembling a Gingerbread House, it is fruitless, hopeless, ineffective, unrewarding and unproductive and I repeat unproductive to ever, EVER, e-v-e-r attempt to glue a Gingerbread House together with a mix of icing sugar and water. Nuh Uh! No. Walk away from the kit if they give you that glue. Just walk away.
They gave me that glue and it does not work. Perhaps if you built scaffolding around the house, it will remain upright until you eat it. But we want to build scaffolding, right?
Frustrated that I wasted money on a Gingerbread Kit with ineffectual, pasty glue, I decided to give you the entire step-by-step process of creating a Gingerbread House from scratch without the need of permanent scaffolding. So, I enlisted my dear friend and colleague Catherine who knows all the tricks of making a Gingerbread House. She makes them every Christmas, usually 3 at a time. I know.
“The secret is always in the glue Lou. Without the right glue, you will want to stick pins in your eyes”.
Yes! I Knooooooowwww!