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« on: December 19, 2008 07:56:39 PM »

ETA: link to gingerbread house recipe
<Long story>
I've never made a gingerbread house, and I'm kind of disappointed in it. I guess I was overambitious by trying to add "stained glass windows" (melted jolly ranchers allowed to cool and harden.) The windows, for the most part, worked pretty well, but one 2 of the windows broke when I was trying to get them off the pan, and 1 of those windows broke part of the wall. I was able to fix the wall with royal icing, and hide the front broken window with a candy cane stick, and figured I could just say there was a break-in in the gingerbread neighborhood... it's been about 3 weeks since I made them, and the windows have melted. One of the walls, I cooked on an insulated pan and forgot to increase the cooking time, so it was a little more...pliable, I guess would be the word, than the other walls. Also, I made a swing set out of 5 candy canes (1 had the curly part broken off), twizzler pull-and-peel dealies, and an Andes mint) but the top part wouldn't stay attached to the sides, so I ate it. Smiley
I was going to include the recipe, but I forgot to save it on my computer. I have the print out somewhere around here, I think, so I'll include it later, if anyone wants. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Childrens-Gingerbread-House/Detail.aspx
It was pretty good, and I don't even usually like gingerbread.
</long story>
On to the pictures!

(before it melted, but after it broke)

melted windows, with a pool of melted window at the bottom

here you can see it goes all the way through.

Annnnnyways, I guess it's okay for a first try, but I told my fiance I just wanted to smash it. Lame.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2008 09:56:58 PM »

oh my goshhh hahahahahaaa sorry for laughing but those windows are too cutee!!! i think it gives the house character Tongue plus the front more than makes up for it. i LOVE the posts on the sides i'm guessing theyre big candy sticks? and the swing is so adorable! and i love the roof too! i'm jealous i've still NEVER made a gingerbread house before Cry i hope my first house is this cute  Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2008 09:59:18 PM »

When I was a kid we would always make stained glass sugar cookies at Christmas time, with lifesavers. If I remember right, we would cover the pan with tin foil before baking, and didn't remove the cookies until it was completely cooked. Haven't done it in a while, but maybe this would help with the "glass" not breaking?? Still a cute house!!

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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2008 11:19:54 PM »

RCKFELLA, I don't take any offense for the laughing. Thanks Smiley
Kissthegirl, hah yeah, if I had read the directions correctly, I would have seen the "cover pan with foil" part. I was just too excited I guess hehe. I covered with wax paper and it just sealed with the gingerbread and candy. The foil definitely would have helped keep it from breaking though. The only thing I can think of with the melting is because of moisture. I dunno. :/

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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2008 02:38:35 AM »

Good heavens, woman! For something you're disappointed in, it looks fabu! Okay, so there were window problems, but that just adds character! The rest? You've done an incredible job!

But seriously, keep telling the "broken into" story. It's great!

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2008 11:42:36 AM »

I LOVE YOUR HOUSE! As far as the broken window goes, just tell everyone that some rogue ginger bread baddies did a drive by gumball shooting!

Seriously, your house is lovely. It looks like you worked so hard on it.

« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2008 12:43:22 PM »

Quid - thanks. I told my friend it was broken into and she laughed, saying she liked that my gingerbread house had a backstory heh
Lydia - thanks, I did work hard on it. I started it probably 2 or 3 weeks ago and didn't finish til yesterday. What took the longest was putting the cashew "stones" on, which I only did to try to cover the icing to fix the broken side heh.

Eh, I'm just hoping I'll have the energy to do it next year, cuz then I'll have some experience under my belt and hopefully it will look a lot better.

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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2008 03:17:08 PM »

I love the swingset! And really, aside from the windows, the rest of the house turned out really well! I think the jolly rancher windows was a good idea, you'll just have to perfect your technique because I would love to see it succeed! I have never in my life made a gingerbread house, so you get big props from me! Maybe next year you'll have to make a gingerbread guard dog to ward off robbers. haha

« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2008 08:30:55 PM »

I think it looks nice. I've always wanted to make one, but I've never had the courage. Good for you for going for it!

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