Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Blogmas Day 6: Why I'm Giving Up On Gingerbread Houses.... This Year

OK, so I might be going off on a bit of a tangent here but this is actually a big deal for me.... or at least the pregnant, irrational, hormonal me that I am residing with in my body this Christmas. I have always... ALWAYS... loved the idea of sitting on a cosy afternoon in December, Christmas movie or songs playing in the back ground, twinkle lights and festive decorations festooned all around whilst I construct a super amazing Gingerbread House that surpasses even the Witch in Hansel and Gretel's lofty expectations!

Gingerbread House Expectations...


Yet, for at least the past 5 years, every single attempt I have made to master this culinary architecture has resulted in disaster. Maybe it's because I'm a tad heavy handed? Maybe it's the impatient tendency I have to rush the structural engineering phase in order to get to the fun aesthetics part where I decide which jelly tot should go where? It might even be because I have only ever used gingerbread house making kits with their shoddy white icing cement instead of designing one myself using lots of complicated measurements before fusing it all together using skin scalding caramel? 

Gingerbread House Reality... 

Note: Above picture is from last Christmas's Instagram and accompanies the following quote:

"Had romantical notion of building Baby Bear his first ever gingerbread house.... yeah.... would have had better luck building an actual effing house. Stoopid icing."


See.... 


Whatever the reasons, whatever the logic... I am officially giving up... this year. I never say never and would hate to say this bemusement I have adopted towards this particular festivity is enough to warrant forever, but I feel that myself and this sweet treat dwelling need a break from one another. For the sake of my already waning sanity, I need a step back from the disappointment and stress that comes with trying to affix a flimsy biscuit roof to an equally flimsy biscuit wall using nothing but royal icing that seems to liquify instead of harden as time goes on. 

The only thing that is a shame about my decision this year, is that I won't be able to stand in the kitchen scoffing gingerbread biscuit and jelly tots to assuage the disappointment felt from failing to assemble the bloody thing. Oh well... all the more reason to buy that Biscuit Assortment Tin I was eyeing up in Aldi the other day!

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9 comments:

  1. Good call, I can never build those either. You're better off eating the pieces the day you buy it. At least they are fresh then. #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Great way of thinking! Who wants to eat stale house after all?!xx

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  2. Have been there trying to make one too and discovered ours was too sweet for us and it ended up at hubby's workplace! #FamilyFun

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    1. Haha! At least it went to a good cause then, they do tend to be sugar overload don't they?xxxx

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  3. I've always fancied trying this!! I fear I might turn out the same though. Good excuse to eat gingerbread though 😂 Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

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    1. If it works, it feels like a big culinary triumph and you won't want to eat it and will even consider framing it.lol! If it doesn't then yes, you have a great excuse to just eat it! Thanks for stopping by lovely xx

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  4. I have never made one - I am not sure I would be overly successful either if I am honest. I do like gingerbread though so what's the worst that can happen - we have too much weird looking gingerbread to eat? Oh what a shame haha thanks for sharing at #familyfun

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    1. Hahaha! Exactly! It's a win win situation... usually. After 3 consecutive years of failure I am sick of the bloody things though.haha! I will be making gingerbread men though... much less chance of failure! Xxx

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  5. Don't let it beat you!! I struggled for years and now have a recipe and technique that works! Last year I even managed to melt a hard boiled sweet into the hole I'd cut for the window and created a stained glass window in the house!! So chuffed! This year I'm attempting fairylights inside!!

    Have a year off but then show that gingerbread who's boss!
    P.s. Don't bother with store bought templates or moulds and icing. Best off getting your own, our template is just hand drawn on card. And royal icing all the way, don't worry about using too much...the more icing tue more the snow cover!!!x
    #marvmondays ��

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