So, in my effort to take out the 'best parent of the year award' this year (just invented by me as I think I am in with a chance this year) , and because we have a whole week to kill between school finishing and Christmas, I though I would make each of my children (and random others) individual Gingerbread houses to decorate. MAD, I know. I have NEVER done these before, so it is not like I am building on prior knowledge and just diversifying , I am just going for it.
Phase 1.1 - the dough making, successful
Phase 1.2 - chilling - successful
Phase 2.1 - rolling cutting and baking - reasonably successful
phase 3.1 - assembeling-ultimately successful - I had one redo as I dropped the icing contraption on one, and I did need to 'whittle' away little bits here and there to get a good fit. Note to self, do do the trim check when pieces are straight out of the oven and still warm enough to do this easily, carving with a short sharp knife is not desirable on very hard gingerbread!
Phase 4.1 - commences tomorrow - watch this space for the hot, sugary, mess that results from this.
Anyone want 3 kids for a sleepover tomorrow??