When I saw that this month's challenge was for gingerbread houses, I was excited, since I'd already planned to bake a gingerbread house this month. So I found my inspiration, spent a good two weeks working out how to defy gravity while remaining edible, and then spent about two weeks, on and off, building. This is actually my second attempt- the first was, umm, interesting. I'm not ashamed to say- there were tears. On with the pictures!
May I present- my interpretation of Carl Frederickson's flying house from the film Up!
Each wall is decorated in a different colour, similar to the movie- although there's fewer walls in mine.
The balloons appear to float in midair, in the morning sun. It was a careful balancing act of rock candy, string candy, and marzipan. So much marzipan.
The peril of a flying gingerbread house is that it occasionally escapes! You never know where it will float to next- here it is, perched atop the rosemary bush.
And there! Sat on the fence enjoying the winter sun.
No flying house would be complete without reliable lighting- here's the house relaxing after it's heavy morning of flying, lit-up indoors.
Finally, a close up of the candy windows.
Thanks to my friend Claire for helping me to solve the edible helium balloon conundrum. Just over two boxes of royal icing sugar, three packs of marzipan, and nearly a whole tin of golden syrup later, the house was complete. The windows were melted into the window holes right at the end of the baking time- they're made of crushed clear mints. The lighting is two battery operated tea lights. Everything is edible, except for the base and the lighting- the balloons are held up by a long stick of rock candy anchored into the base and supported by a ton of royal icing, then covered with string candy. I've also learned that cats eat gingerbread if you leave it unattended.
Someday, perhaps the house will make it all the way to Paradise Falls.