Blogvent Day 24: Finished Gingerbread House!
Hurrah! I'm so pleased to be able to share my first gingerbread house as my final Blogvent post! I think next year I'm definitely going to make it earlier as I've literally only just finished it now, and I still have presents to wrap. It's such a good job that work let us leave at 2pm as otherwise I never would have got it done!
It's nowhere near as good as the recipe one, but for a first go I'm really happy with it. I stuffed it with marshmallows to try and keep it upright, and used royal icing (which is a bitch to beat by hand isn't it!?) to stick it together and for the roof. The chimney is a stack of fruit pastilles! I must admit I did mess up the roof a bit - went storming in, slathering icing all over it to stick on the 'tiles' then realised you were meant to dollop just a little bit of icing on each one to stick them in individually, then spoon icing on the top to look like a snowdrift. So it just looks like I ran out of roof tiles...
I also had the idea of icing the year on the back as I wanted to make this a little tradition of mine now, and it will be fun to look back at them over the years and see which ones worked and which ones were a total disaster!
So this is it! Blogvent over. I've really enjoyed posting every day, it's been a great challenge and made me get myself organised and try out new recipes that I might not have otherwise done. It's also been great to discover other lovely blogs while searching for other recipes to include when I haven't had chance to bake something myself. So thanks to Chloe and Faye for coming up with such a lovely idea!
I hope you all have wonderful Christmases, and wish you all lots of love, luck and happiness for 2011 xxx