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Topic: Norwegian Hut (Innerdalen Gammelhytter) in Gingerbread  (Read 6787 times)
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« on: January 08, 2011 12:03:56 PM »

I've wanted to make a gingerbread house for a long time, but it's one of those things I've never got round to so when I saw the competition I thought that was a good motivator to get it done.

I had quite a few ideas but wanted to avoid anything that involved covering up the gingerbread entirely, I wanted something nearer a traditional gingerbread house. We holidayed in Norway last year and it came to me that one of the huts we stayed in would make a great Gingerbread house. So that was it. The hut is entirely edible and can be eaten as is, no need to pick out savoury bits or bubble gum and the like, it's all sweet stuff.

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350g plain flour
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp bicarb of soda
100g butter, chilled
175g muscovado sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp golden syrup

First batch of gingerbread

One box matchmaker chocolates
One packet Hazelnut wafers
Royal Icing
Dessicated Coconut
Melted Chocolate
Ground Almonds
Edible Rice Paper
Food Colouring (copious amounts!)

Fairly pleased with the results, although i'm itching to make another as I learnt so much making this one and think I could do a much improved one now.

Work in progress

In the day

Lit up at night

Window detail

Caramel Trees

Front porch, there's a bench and a rucksack here but they're hard to see

Log detail

Rustic Bench

Roof detail

Star closeup

« Last Edit: January 09, 2011 10:25:22 AM by ebygomm » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2011 12:50:47 PM »

Great rendition of the real thing! Plus, I love the plants on the roof.
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2011 12:55:02 PM »

Very cute!  and compared to the picture of the real thing, quite accurate!  Good job!

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2011 11:24:54 PM »

Super job! I love the caramel trees!

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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011 10:35:30 AM »

I really dig this house.  I think you did an amazing job with the details, the caramel trees, the logs, and the little flag.  The Plants on top at first when I looked at them, I didn't quite know what they were, but once you see the inspiration image it is such a good food interpretation of that detail.  Great job!!


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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2011 12:42:56 PM »

This is beautiful, I think it's the flag that makes it!

How did you make the trees?

« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2011 12:50:38 PM »

The trees were made by melting sugar to get caramel and then wrapping it in strands round cones made from greaseproof paper, then allowing to cool. Finally i added a small amount of icing for decoration.

I've never made caramel before and I had it in my head that it was difficult to do but I was surprised how easy it was. Loads of fun too but v. messy.

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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2011 12:53:16 PM »

Ah clever, it looks great.

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2011 12:32:27 PM »

This is amazing!  As impressed as I am by the house as a whole, I LOVE the trees.  They look so delicate and beautiful.  And they fit right in with the style of the house.

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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2011 04:00:36 PM »

OMG! I love all the photos, and that you included your inspiration image. Your Norwegian Hut came out awesome!!  Grin

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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2011 01:58:18 PM »

This is awesome!  I love your attention to detail, and the pictures are fabulous as well!
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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2011 01:04:44 PM »

Whoa, my goodness. Love the lit inside and grassy roof! Those are some impressive windows too.

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