This and that: Gingerbread House ~ Blogger's Christmas Series #4

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gingerbread House ~ Blogger's Christmas Series #4

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread houses originated in Germany in the 1600's.  They became even more popular after the story of Hansel and Gretel written by the Brothers Grimm.  No one knows for sure if gingerbread houses came first or if the story came first.

Building a gingerbread house is a tradition in many houses.  Although these houses are not always made of gingerbread anymore.  You can make them using graham crackers, shredded wheat and even make a house out of non-edible materials like cardboard and sticks.

There are many recipes for gingerbread that you can use, over the years that I have made my own gingerbread I have used a couple of recipes.  The recipe that I used to make the above gingerbread houses was this one - as I didn't use molasses in this recipe, the houses were lighter.

My plans for the gingerbread houses that I made this year was to make a small houses that can sit on a side of a cup but I made them too big, and I also didn't cut the door big enough so they wouldn't sit on the side of a cup.  So it is back to the drawing board for me... Hopefully next year they will work out the way I wanted them too.

I am not a decorator and I do not profess that I know what I am doing, but I do like to make these houses.  I like to use royal icing when I made my gingerbread house as I find it hardens fast.  I also do my houses in stages.  First "gluing" the pieces together and then doing the decorating.

I made this house above a couple of years ago.  I did a post and showed how I decorated it.  Do you make gingerbread houses?

This post is the last of Blogger's Christmas Series.  Along with myself there are many other awesome bloggers that have written blogs for this series.  I hope that they have given you some inspiration to help you with your Christmas preparations.

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  1. For years my youngest daughter would ask me to make a gingerbread house. Over and again I would find an excuse not to. I'm a baker but just didn't think I could tackle a gingerbread house. The year that I finally gave it and attempted one she never asked again, LOL!! Yours are so cute I may give it a go again!

  2. So cute! Yes, my husband makes g-bread houses with the kids every year. But ours are not homemade like yours! We do the lazy thing and buy ours in a kit from the store:) We've even attended a few g-bread house making parties over the years. Always fun! Once it's made we have to watch that the kids don't eat it!

  3. I used to make gigerbread with my kids. I also have been admiring those cup edge size ones too.

  4. My mom used to make a gingerbread house for the holidays and we sure had fun decorating, eating candies and then decorating some more. I used to do this when my kids were little...hoping to be able to do this for grandchildren one day :)


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