Intro: Gingerbread House 2014 - Updated!
My first Instructable, yay!
I bought this pretty cool set of cookie cutters online, and I thought maybe they would help me make a decent house for the first time. I was going to make an Instructable for last years youse, but it would just have been so embarrassing.
These cutters make the parts hook together as a lego house. Let's see how it goes. The instructions on the webpage is OK, but they could be a little more detailed.
This took me about an hour and a half, and the kit cost me 22USD.
Step 1: Preparing the Cutters
So the kits are made like the good old one-shot molded model airplane kits. You have to break them apart, and hook two of the parts together for the end wall parts. Included is also a tool for making windows, the chimney, and something that looks like a spatula.
Step 2: Rolling Rolling Rolling
I decided to roll the dough (recipe on webpage) as thin as I could without going too thin. I guess it ended up a couple of millimetes thin, and not even close to the uniform thickness they recommend on the webpage. So here's what's different from other cookie cutters, and the reason I had to eat my first wall parts right away. You roll the dough, and put the cutters on upside down. Use a knife and cut an outline of the shape. Then bake, then do the final cut. I guess it is to avoid your dough to raise your shapes out of, uh, shape.
Step 3: Windows and a Door
I used the window tool to cut windows before baking, and I also cut out a door. I decided to add some flour to the tool so it wouldn't stick to the dough. The spatula tool was great for picking out the little window openings. Then I stabbed the parts a little with a fork to avoid airbubbles. Now, bake. I put it in the oven on 200C for about ten minutes.
Step 4: Cut
Immediately after baking, I did the cutting, as instructed on the webpage, and I got these really accurate shapes that should fit together nicely. The dough is actually pretty soft when it's still warm.
Edit: On the next parts, I only baked them for a little while, allowing the dough to raise, then I did the cutting, and then I baked them some more. Worked out very well.
Step 5: Remember to Stab With Fork
On these parts, I forgot the stab with fork part. It's maybe hard to see, but there are some air bubbles. I'm gonna ignore that for now, and see how it fits!
Step 6: Assemble
Some of the parts have some really small features, and some of these broke off because of handling. It really didn't matter, they still fit nicely together. It took me about ten seconds to build it. Awesome!!
After checking that they actually fit, I'm taking them apart to decorate them.
I made some icing sugar and bought a bunch of candy. The kids are decorating, and I know it's going to be excessive! I mixed an egg white into the icing to make it stiffer.
I use a spoon and fill icing into plastic bread bags. Then I cut a small hole in one corner, so it's easy to squeeze out the icing. Then, just add candy! I let it harden over night, and I assembled it the morning after.
The chimney and front door needed lots of icing to stay in place. Next year, I'll definately remember that there will be a chimney coming on. The kids didn't leave very much room for it.
I must say, this was great. Especially seeing the kids decorating each piece in their own pace.