Sunday, 16 December 2007

Hansel & Gretel time


We have had an introduction to the construction industry this week - for once, not courtesy of Bob the Builder (altogether now, "Can we fix it?") I saw a pretty gingerbread house on the cover of this month's BBC Good Food - not one of my regular reads, but still - and it seemed just the thing to occupy two little people who weren't dreadfully ill but ill enough not to be going off sneezing all over their classmates.

The recipe and patterns are on the BBC web site - the gingerbread is gorgeously crunchy and makes lovely little men. We had a couple of heart stopping moments when I dropped one of the panels while sticking the walls together - gulp - but the shell went together well:


and the decoration was huge fun:



We got out the edible glitter for the roof - well, what else did you expect? The hardest part was stopping them eating all the sweets before we'd decorated it ...

30 comments:

  1. Love it! I really want to make one of these houses but still haven't got around to it. Thanks for the links though I will save them and hope for a little spare time!
    I am a fan of Good Food magazine - I have tested many of the magazine recipes and they always turn out well.
    Did you do any wrapping yet? - I did some this afternoon but then ebay got the better of me ;)

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  2. From scratch - I am mightily impressed. We have a kit courtesy of Ikea (as do many of our little friends - I went a bit mad and bought 6). But we haven't begun yet.

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  3. Blimey - you made your own gingerbread? There are kits everywhere here, even so, I can't imagine this lasting more than a few minutes in our house before it would be ripped to pieces by sugar deprived children!

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  4. how fun! we just made ours today, but ... from a kit. maybe someday we'll make a 'real' one. but w/o the kit, we wouldn't have one at all, so i call it good.

    (kirstencan.typepad.com)

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  5. I just shouted "Oh wow" at the top of my voice-now both my husband and myself are mightily impressed- I also have the goodfood mag but just muttered something about how complicated it looked. I am especially fond of pink wafer biscuits (thought I was the only person on the planet who was)jelly tots, and rolos. You are officially very cool indeed.x

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  6. I immediately want one too. I think that this would be just the thing to prise beloved daughter away from Facebook.

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  7. Oh wow ... that is fantastic! I am so impressed - well done you and your little cookies. :-) x

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  8. I've got the Ikea kit ready to go, but no sweets as yet - I'm off to stock up today. Yours looks fab, and I am very impressed it is from scratch!
    Cathy X

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  9. Wonderful--it is a beautiful house! The cookie roof is terrific! Happy making...and eating ((HUGS))

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  10. Very impressive Val! I've bookmarked the recipe and maybe I'll get round to it before Christmas but having had another look at my jobs list I think it is looking unlikely!!! Still, at least I feel inspired to do it having seen yours! Lucy x

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  11. What a fabulous house, Miss T and I have been planning to make a house this week as my mother is coming to stay with her gingerbread house cutters! Just need to pop out and get some ground ginger...thanks for the recipe like too.

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  12. it's fantastic, love the roof, thanks for the links, naking my own gingerbread sounds like madness, but driving to ikea to buy a kit might just tip me over the edge!

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  13. Love love love your gingerbread house! I've never made one and was just thinking to myself this afternoon that I should make one next year!
    Hope it tastes as good as it looks.
    Lesley xx

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  14. brilliant house - it's something I've always fancied doing but never got around to. The perfect activity to do to get you in the christmas mood.

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  15. You are so GOOD. What a lovely mother you are - the cake looks great and I mean it - a testament to your patient mothering.

    Because I think it would drive me insane! This is exactly the sort of thing though that I may have to try next year !! Wish me luck.

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  16. That is lovely, very impressed!!! The kids love doing stuff like that don't they? Good to see the glitter being used! We're going to make Christmas cupcakes with the glitter you sent us
    Kimx

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  17. So cute. I've always meant to build my own gingerbread house but I've never gotten around to it.

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  18. Wow the gingerbread house is beautiful!! What a wonderful job you all did, and I just know it was lots of fun! Enjoy!!

    Smiles...

    Beverly

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  19. You've all done a fabulous job! ~ the house and all the decorations are brilliant! LOVE the biscuit roof tiles! :O)

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  20. I love your gingerbread house, especially the icing icicles and the cookies for the roof!

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  21. Bravo for making your own house. I still cheat and buy one from IKEA but feel guitly about it though.

    Love the biscuits for the roof .......

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  22. Beautiful house, well done! just made a batch of rock hard gingerbread that i could probably use to build a real house - oh well maybe if i cover it in enough icing and sweets people wont notice.

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  23. That is a fabulous house Val. I made one many years ago so I know what hard work it is. Looks too good to eat!

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  24. Gingerbread houses are such fun to decorate but have to confess I've never actually made the gingerbread myself, one day....
    cd&m
    http://catondarlingandmoore.typepad.com

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  25. hello and thanks for your comments. I do love going to the Holyland:)
    Hey what a great house! I think it looks even more delicious than the one on Good Food page mmmm.

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  26. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I'm seriously impressed by your house! The biscuit roof tiles are a particularly clever idea :) I read this post yesterday (not being able to comment because of a rubbish internet connection) and immediately after heard Bob the Builder playing in a shop which made me think of your fab houses.
    It was of course in Spanish...
    Bob construye...PODRÁN HACERLO?
    Bob construye ...SÍ PODEMOS!!!!

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  27. Doesn't your gingerbread house look fantastic with those rich tea finger biscuits as tiles !

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  28. I'm very impressed! I've terrifying memories of making our last (Ikea, not homemade!) gingerbread house. I stuck my finger in the toffee to check the temperature (stupid I know), needless to say it was HOT and stuck like crazy! I haven't been able to bring myself to make up the other one we bought yet!
    Have a great Christmas!
    Julia x

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  29. That looks so good! I had a go with a kit and, predictably, it ended up in the bin. Pity really as the kit included little sugar H&G figures.

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  30. It looks lovely, and just as enjoyable for the adults as the children!

    If I don't get to say so before the big day, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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