Guidelines for Baking and Decorating a Gingerbread House

Chanukah Gingerbread House

This is the time of the year when Gingerbread House Construction occurs.  Making your own Gingerbread House can be rewarding, but it can also be frustrating unless you have some guidelines to follow.  The remainder of this post will suggest some guidelines to you to help with your baking, constructing and decorating endeavors.

Before you start make sure you have all of the necessary equipment and ingredients on hand and then be sure to give yourself plenty of time.  One good rule to follow is to bake the parts one day, construct the house the next day and then decorate it on the third day.

There are classes available that will teach you all of the above and the best part is that you can avoid having the mess at home and someone to guide you all the way from start to finish. (For class availability follow our link under upcoming events) If you want to take on the endeavor at home follow the guidelines below.

  GUIDELINES for BAKING A GINGERBREAD HOUSE

 Roll out dough no thinner than ¼ inch.

Spray pans for easy removal of baked parts.

Cut the doors and windows, but do not remove until baked.

Loosen house pieces immediately upon removal from oven.

Remove the door and window pieces before the house parts completely cool.

Allow parts to cool completely, directly on the baking sheet.

Allow parts to air dry completely before assembling.

         GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES

Assemble sides and fronts and allow to set for at least 20 minutes before applying roof.

Allow the roof to set at least 20 minutes (longer if possible) before adding any decorations.

Keep the weight of the roof decorations proportional to the thickness of the roof. (The less weight the better)

In conclusion, be patient, take your time, and allow all parts to dry before weighing them down with icing and decorations.

Go ahead and try your hand at building a Gingerbread House.  It will be a creative and rewarding and experience for your whole family.

 

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