One of the nicest centerpieces that you could use for the festive dinner table is a homemade gingerbread house. Although at first it seems a bit complicated, it’s not that difficult. Also this is a great way to involve children in the holiday preparations. It is enough for you to create a base structure of the house, and allow the kids to decorate as they wish.
1. Build it
The truth is that when you are building the base structure of the house you should think about building a real house. You need to have a plan. In order to work efficiently you must have the gingerbread already prepared. Make sure that it has cooled and dried before working with it. Also make sure that you have enough time for the project so that you won’t be in a hurry.
The recipes that people use for building gingerbread houses can also be used to create gingerbread cookies.
In order to make sure that you will have a good structure, it is a good idea to cut the pieces out of poster board first and secure the pieces together. In case this house is alright, most probably the gingerbread one will also be safe.
3. No limitations
Although in the majority of the cases people only think about box houses, nobody said that you can’t create something new, ranging from an igloo to a Victorian farmhouse. In case you aren’t good with the construction, you could also be using a mold, and so you can skip this step.
It is important for the house to have a base. The best option you have is to use plywood that is covered with foil, baking tray or platter. Make sure that the option you choose allows you to move the house easily. In order to make the house look nicer you can use a sheet of gingerbread as base, but this is optional.
Since you have to be using a baking sheet to prepare the gingerbread, you will be limited by its dimensions. This is something to keep in mind when you are planning the templates.
When working with gingerbread, the maximum thickness should be of about 3/8 inch. If your house is going to be larger than 6 square inches, then go for ¼ inch thickness and in case of the smaller houses it is enough to have gingerbread 1/8 inch thick. Those walls that have to bear the weight of the other elements should be slightly thicker.
In case you would like to decorate the gingerbread house with icing, it is a good idea to thin it with a bit of water and then start working with it. If the walls are covered by icing, you should make sure that it dries before you assemble the elements.
In this case you are going to use icing as glue. Use a pantry bag to apply and let it sit for about half an hour before securing the pieces to each other.