Call me a child but this year I really wanted to put together a gingerbread house. This is another little task that I’ve had yet to do, so I guess that 2016 has been a year of a few firsts for me. So my boyfriend and I bought a gingerbread house-making kit from Tesco for under a fiver – absolute bargain.
Last weekend, we decided to put it together so it was ready for when my boyfriend’s cousins came to visit. The kit came with everything we needed to create a festive gingerbread house including the house walls, a base, icing and sweet decorations. There were instructions on the back of the box so really the whole process couldn’t have been more simple.
We started by putting the house into the base. This meant lining the base with icing and lining the edges of the walls also. The icing acts as a sort of glue to keep the whole structure together so before you start sticking it, the icing needs to reach room temperature in order to be effective. Once all of the sides were connected, we then had to wait 15 minutes for the icing to set and bind the structure together.
But then came the really fun part, decorating! First of all, let me say that I haven’t used icing to decorate anything in a seriously long time but this was SO much fun. We followed the lines on the gingerbread house to draw in the windows and doors but then we got a little creative and just started sticking sweets everywhere. Personally, decorating the roof was my favourite part.
If you have young relatives or if you’re generally just a kid at heart, this is such a great activity to do and tastes pretty delicious too. Happy decorating!