Step 5: Baking the Gingerbread

At this point your oven should be hot and ready at 350 degrees F.  You can stick your cookie sheets with your gingerbread pieces into the oven.

Bake that until it’s pretty stiff, I put mine in for about 18 minutes. Once you take them out of the oven, take the template that you made the shape from and double check that they are the same. Before the Gingerbread cools is a great time to chop off any weird bits that have happened from baking.  Once it hardens it’s very difficult to change the shape.  Do not lift up off of the tray until cools as this may end in catastrophe.! Occasionally I would use the parchment paper as a sliding surface and take the pieces off of the tray and slide the parchment onto another surface. This I would do with extreme caution.   I let them cool over night especially the larger pieces because I wanted them to be really hard and stiff.  If you don’t want to wait that long just absolutely make sure they have cooled completely.

The two huge pieces ( top sides)  I baked for another 10 minutes on a lower temperature.

Now that you know how I baked each piece of gingerbread you should know how crazy it got.  There are just under 200 pieces to this gingerbread house, so my house became a gingerbread factory, I would roll out two cookie sheets worth of pieces put them in the oven, then start on another two cookie sheets of pieces. I would then swap two cookie sheets out of the oven once they were baked for another two cookie sheets of unbaked that would then head into the oven. Baking this entire gingerbread house took me two and a half days of my oven being on almost the whole time.  The only time I turned my oven off, was when I was mixing more dough. There were pieces of baked gingerbread on every flat surface in my house.
<p>nice creation, wish I was good at baking, I can't make fairy cakes, let alone gingerbread. I might attempt it, but I don't see it looking as good as yours. if I do make it and it works, i'll post it. if it fail's at least it will taste good.</p>
I'm about to attempt this amazing creation any tips?
<p>Hey hickmott,</p><p>That's awesome I would love to see pics when you are done! Good luck! It will take a lot of patience. Watch your batches carefully, and trim right after you get stuff out of the oven, if it has in any way gotten bigger than your piece should be. This took me a good deal of time, as each section of the house really has to set before you add toooo much weight on to the next one, It is ridiculously tall when it is done and you may need to step on a chair to get to decorating the top of it. Have fun! </p>
Awesome thank you! I just had a couple random questions about it. 1. When I print off the template do I need to enlarge it at a ratio of 3/16 inches to 1 full inch? 2. The roof on the top is it made out of prices glued together or one price that had indents in it and lastly 3. The largest prices on the upper half do they have a pattern pushed in before baking? Or was that just how it turned out?
<p>Okay question 1- No, it is not 3/16 to one full inch, it is 3/16 to one full foot. This is big. So if you measure this with a scale rule or an architect's ruler ( link to a free printable attached.) then you can figure it out and what to blow it up to. Sorry I don't have one handy or I would do it for ya.</p><p><a href="http://www.printablerulers.net/preview/Architect_Scale_12-inch" rel="nofollow">http://www.printablerulers.net/preview/Architect_S...</a></p><p>2 - okay roof on the top - I am looking at the pictures and there are several &quot;roofs&quot; as this is in a couple of sections. If you are talking about how I made them look like there were slats of wood, then yes I indented them before baking with the back of a knife. Step 4 of the instructable briefly touches on that. </p><p>3 - largest pieces on the upper half i did push in the details, again check out step 4 and the pictures in that step. I did go over them again just after I got them out of the oven to ensure that that any details that were lost were remphasisd, however be very careful as you could crack the piece, it has to be when it is still kind of hot, before it has cooled down. </p><p>hope that helps!</p>
<p>For the icing, that's 12 egg whites, right? I could see someone using the whole egg if they're not accustomed to baking.</p>
Absolutely phenomenal! Seriously, you should be very proud of this creation!
<p>Wow, this is amazing! I attempted a gingerbread Hogwarts castle last year (that somewhat turned out) but this is so much more impressive! Great job!</p>
<p>I really hope you didn't eat this it is so beautiful</p>
Every year around the holidays I come back and stare at this, haha. IT'S PERFECT
But still cool
That house burned down
hehe .. just saw it on <a href="http://9gag.com/gag/6168886" rel="nofollow">9gag</a> and knew right where it was from.
Way Cool! <br>
en un mot... heu... &quot;superbe&quot; ?... &quot;magnifique&quot; ?... je ne sais pas... mais j'ai bien peur de ne pas oser me pr&Atilde;&copy;senter pour le prochain concours : qu'est-ce que je pourrais faire de mieux ?!?... rien... <br>vraiment, j'adore !!!... o&Atilde;&sup1; avez-vous trouv&Atilde;&copy; le &quot;dessin&quot; de base ?... je n'ai lu que des romans (non illustr&Atilde;&copy;s), mais j'ai souvent &Atilde;&copy;t&Atilde;&copy; d&Atilde;&copy;&Atilde;&sect;ue des illustrations que j'ai pu voir, m&Atilde;&ordf;me dans les films : &Atilde;&sect;a ne ressemblait jamais &Atilde;&nbsp; ce que j'avais imagin&Atilde;&copy; !... alors que l&Atilde;&nbsp;... j'y suis !... je &quot;reconnais&quot; le &quot;Terrier&quot; (nom donn&Atilde;&copy; en fran&Atilde;&sect;ais), je suis chez les Weasley !... je m'attends &Atilde;&nbsp; voir Arthur traverser la cour... Harry, Ron et Hermione pr&Atilde;&copy;parer leurs plans dans un coin... et Molly sortir pour voir quelles b&Atilde;&ordf;tises les jumeaux sont en train de pr&Atilde;&copy;parer !... <br>en plus du travail que cela repr&Atilde;&copy;sente (y compris les jolis dessins et aquarelles !), de la cr&Atilde;&copy;ativit&Atilde;&copy;, de tous les &quot;efforts&quot;, mat&Atilde;&copy;riels et techniques, avant tout, vous m'avez fait r&Atilde;&ordf;ver !!!... alors, merci !...
Je vous remercie pour vos aimables paroles. S'il s'agit d'une mauvaise traduction, c'est parce que je suis en utilisant &quot;Google Translate&quot; pour vous envoyer une r&eacute;ponse. La &quot;base&quot; dessin est des films, en particulier le dernier film de Harry Potter. Quelques id&eacute;es ont &eacute;t&eacute; simplement imagin&eacute; et j'ai &eacute;t&eacute; un peu limit&eacute;e avec ce que je pouvais faire avec &quot;Gingerbread&quot;, mais il avait beaucoup de plaisir &agrave; faire et je suis si heureux que &ccedil;a vous a plu.
Not only do you WOW me, but you also share the wonderfully detailed &quot;how-to's&quot;. You are my hero!
This is the coolest use of <a href="http://www.canadianfavourites.com/Post_Shreddies_Regular_p/post001.htm" rel="nofollow">shreddies</a> I have ever seen. I am a big fan of the shreddies.
Nice illustrations!
I just wanted to thank everybody who voted for me! I was totally blown over by this! Thanks so much! You are all awesome - 10 random bonus awesome points for everybody!
This.. is.. awesome.. :)
An incredible feat of architecture! Fantastic!
wow that's amazing!
Hey Mezcraft: Had to get in my vote! Aunt Debby. Your Ginger bread house of the Weasle's is fantastic.
Thanks Aunt Debby!
This is amazing! I just love the illustrations you've used! It really brings the recipe to life! (corny right?) This is the most amazing gingerbread house I have ever seen!
Thank you very much! I think the drawings themselves have a good level of corniness to them as well, so corny is totally appropriate!
Yay corniness!!,
A great solution for not taking pictures while making it. Great illustrations! Love the house
I love it! You are very creative and you did a great job of bringing your imagination to life. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. Maybe a book of gingerbread houses :)
I do keep looking at every house and wondering how to make it out of gingerbread... It can get addictive.
I think your artwork illustrating the project is as impressive as the project itself! Outstanding!
Thank you very much! Some of them I had a bit too much fun doing...
Fantastic!! I too loved the watercolors of your process. You have a great deal of talent and creativity. Pre building out of foam core is genius! Keep up the good work!
Thanks very much! I wasn't really sure about the watercolours, because everyone on here takes such fantastic photos of their work, I am very pleased to see that they were enjoyed! The foam core is really great because it is about the thickness of the gingerbread, so you really a get a true idea of how things are going to fit together!
this is amazing, well done
WOW! Amazing! Stupendous! Out of this world!
I am speechless, go on creating, you are great!!!
Its a beautiful!!!
I'll bet you have a wand and an owl brings your mail. This is astonishing. Brilliant!
woah. all I have to say is woah.<br>
Cool! You are MASTER!
I think it's brilliant...
Very talented. You win the internet today.
Hope you enter the Gingerbread contest in Asheville, NC; you'd win!<br>
That is incredibly impressive. I'm sharing it to some people who would love this.
I think all that needs to be said is: wow
Fantastic! I can't believe you even took the time to do all the cool illustrations! This is awesome ;-)

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