Gingerbread House by Jan Scott
2 recipes gingerbread
500ml white royal icing
100 pink candy melts (approximately)
Red and white gummy candies
Candy cane Hershey’s Kisses
Red and white gumballs
Red, white and pink candy sticks
Small red candy
1 graham cracker
Make the gingerbread as per the recipe directions.
Cut templates for the sides/roof/base to the following sizes: Roof (2): 7" x 5" ; Side Walls (2): 4" x 6"; Front/Back (2): 4" x 4"x 7" (at the highest peak)
Bake and assemble the pieces as per the instructions, and allow to cool completely before using. It’s usually best to bake a day or two before decorating.
Once the house is constructed, decorate the roof by affixing pink candy melts to the top in a layered pattern to create the roof shingles. Allow the candy to dry completely.
Using a small pastry brush, or your fingers, rub a small amount of water over the candy and sprinkle the roof with coarse sugar to mimic frost/snow.
Fill in any gaps between the candy pieces with the sugar and be sure to cover each piece of candy with a little of the sugar coating. Allow to dry.
Using a piping bag fitted with a small round tip and filled with the royal icing, pipe window outlines on all four sides of the house: 2 on each side, 2 in front and 1 at the back. Partially fill the windows with “snowdrifts”. Allow to dry.
Affix one pink candy melt to the middle of the top of the front side. Add a small snowflake in the middle of the candy.
Using the royal icing, pipe an outline for a rounded door in the middle of the front piece. Attach snowflake sprinkles to the icing and a small red candy for the door handle.
Attach candy canes to the front of the house on either side of the door using a little of the royal icing.
Line both sides of the front of the house with red M&M’s and attach them with the icing.
Place the gingerbread house on a white or silver platter covered with powdered sugar to make a snowy effect. Create a walkway by lining a path from the front door to the edge of the platter with candy cane kisses.
Attach a star tip to the piping bag with the royal icing and pipe stars along the edge of the front of the roof.
Using a graham cracker, gumball and candy stick make a welcome sign to place in the snow beside the house.