I didn’t think I’d bother trying to do another gingerbread house after attempting one two years ago. My friend Katie and I said we would attempt the Zumbo Hanzel & Gretel house after seeing it on Masterchef, but after reading the recipe I was not prepared to go out and buy a whole lot of fancy pants ingredients I probably wouldn’t use again.
So we used the recipe I used last time, and modified the architectural plans to suit what we wanted. We went for the stained glass windows, which were simply crushed hard boiled lollies.
I originally wanted to do roof shackles made out of cut up wafers, but I got bored cutting wafers, so Katie came up with the brilliant idea of circle tiles with liquorice accents. It really made the house come alive with such vibrant colours! Katie’s fantastic with creative ideas!
We probably could have gone a bit more crazy with the candy, but we didn’t want to over do it. I was more impressed that it stood up given the dramas I had last time. And I can verify it’s still standing, and there are no jars inside to support it! Come Christmas Eve for the big family feast (number 1 of 2) I think I’ll dust it all with some icing sugar.
Lollie trees and colourful garden stones
To offset the amount of gingerbread and lollies that found it’s way into our mouths, we managed a 4km walk whilst the gingerbread cooled down. We were well and truly pooped by the end of day, and probably never want to look at gingerbread or lollies ever again! T’was a great day, and thank you Katie for making it all pretty and possible! xo
This is my submission to the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop for Festive Favourites. I’ve got a few more posts on things I’ve been making, you’ve probably seen a few on instagram as of late if you follow me on there or twitter. Thanks JJ from 84th&3rd for hosting this month’s theme, can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!