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« on: January 09, 2012 03:02:42 PM »

When I saw the entries for this challenge last year, I knew I had to take part once the chance would come around again, but when the time had come it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to build.

I live in Germany, and grew up close to the French border, which meant rather frequent trips to the French region of Alsace when I was a kid, and this is where the inspiration for my entry came from. Many beautiful timber-framed houses can be found all over Germany, but the smaller houses I saw in old Alsatian villages always struck me as especially quaint and welcoming.
And with their often humble size and not-quite-straight walls they seemed to lend themselves to being build out of gingerbread  Smiley

But now, on to the pictures:

My timber-framed gingerbread house

From a different angle

Except for the base (cardboard) and the lighting (a chain of Christmas lights pushed through a hole in the base) everything is edible.
The snow is made of royal icing and coconut flakes, all the walls and the base of the roof are made of gingerbread and the window panes are made of gelatine leaves with details that were painted on with melted chocolate.

I imprinted the outlines of the timbers into the dough before baking, then I painted the timbers with melted chocolate.

Now for some more detailed views...

The roof, tiled with cookies.
The chimney is made of gingerbread, again painted with melted chocolate and decorated with icing.

The well, made of round nougat cookies I cut in half.

Here you can see the door with the Christmas wreath (made of colored icing) and the hazlenut cobblestone path...

This image shows probably my favorite detail - a stack of firewood made of pretzel sticks.

...Aaaand finally, just another shot I liked because it makes my little gingerbread house look so tall and almost real  Wink

So, that's it - C&C are very welcome.
Thanks for letting me share, I hope you enjoyed it!

*edited for spelling*

« Last Edit: January 09, 2012 04:02:21 PM by baerbel - Reason: *edited for spelling and grammar* » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2012 03:06:05 PM »

Wow, this is amazing! So neat and perfect - I love the use of chocolate, sounds extra tasty too!

« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2012 03:45:37 PM »

This is so gorgeous! I cannot believe all of the detail. It must have taken forever. I love the last pic too. It makes it seem like I could go live there. Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2012 04:54:21 PM »

This is magical. I love all of the details like the well and the firewood. Really wonderful job.

« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2012 07:56:51 PM »

Very cute and so neat-as-a-pin.  I like how you used the coconut and melted chocolate, and really love the well and the cute little stack of firewood! Excellent job.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2012 09:04:36 PM »

mmmmm... choooooocolaaaaate..... Tongue

I really do love your little house.  I can almost see smoke puffing merrily out of the chimney!  And the woodpile is my favorite detail, too.  Or is it the well?  Maybe the cobblestone path?  Or the windows that really look like glass?  Ok, I give up, I just love it!  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2012 07:24:31 AM »

This is SO WELL EXECUTED! I am amazed at how straight everything is, It really is a beautiful looking gingerbread house.  Here is what I love about this house - the attention to detail especially to the different textures of things, The shape of the house in general is just so perfect, the little wood pile and well are absolutely fantastic, the wreath is so meticulous and I love the use of coconut on the house, not only does it look fantastic, but it will probably taste delicious as well.

Amazing job.

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2012 10:21:59 AM »

This is super cute and so well made! All the attention to details is just astounding!

« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2012 07:07:08 PM »

What a beautiful gingerbread house! It looks like you have put in an amazing amount of effort, care and love...You are awesome!
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2012 05:54:47 AM »

The amount of detail is amazing!  It just looks so homey and comfortable...at first I could not believe it was made of food!

I love the pretzel firewood and the snow on the roof...beautiful job...and thanks for sharing a personal memory with all of us!

« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2012 06:04:18 AM »

Really well done! It's so beautiful.
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2012 07:09:42 AM »

Great job.  I love the roof, and the wreath, and so much else.

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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2012 04:42:46 AM »

I am from Alsace and when I saw the picture I thought "oh , it looks like an Alsatian house"  Grin
it's beautiful  Shocked  bravo !!  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2012 10:25:27 AM »

so detailed and gorgeous! Absolutely perfect!

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« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2012 07:21:14 PM »

Gorgeous gingerbread house! The detailing really helps it come alive. The lights give it a lovely warm glow. I love this Smiley
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2012 04:07:37 AM »

Hello, fellow German =) (I live near Mannheim)
Love the Gingerbread House! It looks so real and well crafted...if I had seen it without a description I would have never thought what it was made of.

« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2012 01:23:35 PM »

That is absolutely stunning. All of the tiny details are so beautifully done. I especially love the stacked wood and the dusting of snow. It truly is magical! Wonderful, wonderful job!  Smiley This rocks, and I wish I could live in it!
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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2012 12:11:19 PM »

Oh, I love this! I'm going to have to try this type out one day.

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