How To Decorate A Gingerbread House

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How To Decorate A Gingerbread House

You will be influencing children’s curiosity on how to decorate a gingerbread house when you continue this tradition in your own home. Who can forget the magic, sweet smell, and taste it brings to the air? One can’t help imagining what else to put in the gingerbread house.  Perhaps a miniature replica of you welcoming guests to the house! This is a pleasant if not exciting childhood experience that adults must be kind enough to let the next generation have a glimpse of it.

Gingerbread houses are available in most bakeries during Christmastime. Some are fully-decorated. Others are sold as structural houses only for you to do the decorating. It is amazing how they can mold cookies into such masterpieces. Get a gingerbread house that resembles your own home or your dream house to get the most personal feeling. Maybe it will be too beautiful to eat, but the activities are all worth it. Here are some tips when decorating your gingerbread house:

  1. Make royal icing from scratch. It is challenging but equally rewarding. Separate egg whites from the egg yolks and place them in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.

  2. Increase the volume of beaten eggs by adding cream of tartar. Continue to beat with the mixer until the mixture stabilizes. Cream of tartar is not a dairy product. It is actually an acid and antioxidant for foods.  Baking powder contains cream of tartar to add acid to the mixture.

  3. Gradually pour confectioner’s sugar and mix with the mixer for around three minutes. Confectioner’s sugar is mechanically ground granulated sugar that becomes a very fine powder. It is rarely used as a substitute for regular sugar because it does not tolerate long periods of heat which makes it much more suitable for cold icings and glazes.

  4. Apply the first batch of icing as the first base for your gingerbread house decoration. You have to do this immediately before the icing sets. You can add more icing layers and decorations every time you finish each batch of icing. You can do more batches as you go through the details of the decorations.

  5. Place some icing in a pastry bag or use a re-usable piping bag if you have one. Select a round rosette or any tip you like to make the intended designs. You can enhance the seams of your gingerbread house with this using a darker for more striking color. The application must set for at least ten minutes before going to the next step.

  6. Work on the other details of your design using a different color or shade of icing. You can either apply some framework on your roof top or imitate the snow-filled effect by just adding an additional layer of white icing. Tucking light candies into the icing is ideal when it is still soft. Decorate all sides of the house including the back so that it will look gorgeous from whatever angle for your family picture.

  7. Present the well-decorated gingerbread house in a strategic display area easily visible to all regardless of height. Leave some extra candies on the sides to allow those who are interested to taste the gingerbread house. This will preserve your work longer.

Never let the art of mastering how to decorate a gingerbread house fade with time. You owe this to the next generation who may be too engrossed with technology that they seldom see the benefits of family bonding.

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