Blogmas Day 6 – Making the Gingerbread House (from Hansel and Gretel)!

Hey guys! Welcome back to another Blogmas 2018 post and this one is food related (my favourite 😍). Gingerbread houses are always a popular food and activity at Christmas-time and every time, they make me feel so festive!

Ok, so full disclosure – I’ve never made a gingerbread house before 😂 It’s not one of the Christmas traditions that we’ve ever subscribed to in our house but I’ve always wanted to give it a go! Of course, what better way than to try and make the most famous gingerbread house of all – the witch’s house from Hansel and Gretel!

First things first, I had to dig out a copy of Hansel and Gretel by The Brothers Grimm to find the description of the house in question.

“…it was built of bread and covered with cakes, but that the windows were of clear sugar… Then good food was set before them, milk and pancakes, with sugar, apples, and nuts…”

(Hansel and Gretel by The Brothers Grimm, published by Dreamscape Media, 2017)

Related imageThere isn’t much detail surrounding the colours or sections of the house’s exterior and the foods that it’s created from so I then looked for a few images to help me out. I found a lovely image which was originally a painting by Isabella Kung (>) which gave me a good place to start!

The main things to note, I guess, are that the is lots of colour, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, biscuits and candy canes – should be easy enough 😂

I got together all of my ingredients and (I’ve decided that this isn’t cheating) put them together with the pre-made gingerbread house pieces. Let’s give this a go!

IMG-3758.JPGThe first thing to do was to gather up my ingredients. To go with my pre-made gingerbread pieces, I picked up some pancakes, chocolate covered pretzels, milk chocolate buttons and white chocolate buttons, tiny coloured sweets, snowflake sprinkles and a little chocolate reindeer (that wouldn’t fit on in the end 😂). I tried to get a range of sweets to decorate with, as well as making sure that I included some of the things from the original description.

 

I then set to making, using my very limited skills! The gingerbread pieces were a bit smaller than I’d anticipated so there wasn’t too much room for decoration – but I made do! Also, another disclaimer – I ran out of icing most of the way through and that roof is hanging on by a thread 😂

I ended up incorporating most of the ingredients, even though my icing and design skills might be up for debate 😂 I used the pancakes from the original book and then

And now, THE MOMENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! Here’s my finished product – complete with pancake awning and dark chocolate covered pretzel wreath! I’d hoped that the snowfall would help to make my little house look a bit more Christmassy ❄️ What do you think?

What do you think? How did I do? Are you a pro gingerbread house constructor, or a total newbie like me? I’d love to know!

Thank you for checking out my Blogmas 2018 posts and I can’t wait to share the rest with you! Check back tomorrow for more festive fun 🎅🏻

I’d also just like to point out that I don’t want to cause any offence to those who don’t celebrate Christmas, these posts are just a bit of fun to go along with my own personal celebrations.

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you fancy a book (or Christmas) chat! 😌🎄

 

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