Let me give you some background, I don't like gingerbread and never have so it's not surprising that I don't make gingerbread during the holidays, however last year was different. You see last year I was a Campfire leader for my daughters Campfire group. I got the bright idea that a good idea would be to make gingerbread houses - after all how hard could it be. Now I have assembled & decorated houses in the past so I figured how much harder could it be to make the pieces? For those of you who have made houses and are who are already laughing, let me give you something more to laugh about.....I had to make parts for 10 identical houses. Since 11 year old girls would be working on these I found a recipe that although edible it baked up very hard so that assembling the houses was easier. Faux gingerbread that bakes up hard as a rock starts out with dough that is almost impossible to mix even with a commercial mixer (that I have). I spent two days mixing, cutting and baking the parts (something I vowed to never do again on that scale). Finally the parts were done and packaged up into 10 individual packages. The decorations were arranged in containers. My girlfriend (who has a cake business) agreed to come and help with the royal icing and assembling. The other two Campfire leaders were in charge of the snack and additional candy decorations.
The day of our meeting arrived and the assembly started.....
|Ready to start the Magic!|
|Houses assembled and waiting to "set up". The canned vegetables look|
out of place but various canned goods were used to support the walls
until the Royal Icing set up.
|Me helping my daughter|
|The finished houses!|
|Created by Debbie at Always & Forever Cakes (one|
of the blogs I follow)
|My youngest with her masterpiece!|
|Both masterpieces together, which remained on display until after Christmas!|