Isabelle was asking for a gingerbread house this year, but I didn't see the kits in the shops this year. I decided to make my own. After searching on Pinterest I saw the Martha Stewart one, thought that's the one...went shopping for all the ingredients. However on reading up on it I realised that it wasn't edible, no good for madame who wants to eat it on her birthday. Plus I don't have a foodmixer and it needs something a bit stronger than my arm! More searching took place and I decided on the recipe from Amanda Grant's Gingerbread house recipe
as it was edible and didn't involve a foodmixer. I had to get boiled sweets for the windows, problem was I left this to the last minute late at night and could only get sherbet filled sweets - bit of a reaction occurred on cooking.
I learnt that I should have rolled it thinner, but you learn by experience. The only thing I took from Martha was making a sugar syrup as a fixing agent rather than icing - it just takes way too long to set, this I have experienced with the kits. The only thing with the sugar syrup is no kids about - hence making this at 10pm. Sugar syrup works a treat.
The room downstairs smells lovely from the spices in the house especially when I first come down in the morning.
If I don't write again before Christmas & New Year - have a good one!