It has been a busy last couple of days. There always seems to me so many last minute things to do at this time of the year.
It is also a very happy time. Time to catch up, have fun, stay up late and do special Christmas things.
So tonight I want to share with you a very special post. Jessica and Dominic have been very busy making Miniature Gingerbread houses with me.
These were a lot of fun to make and decorate. We used rainbow straps from the supermarket and mini M&Ms. Everything was glued on with a bit of Royal Icing and the children had fun doing some piping work as well.
When rolling out the gingerbread you want each piece to be the same thickness. the easiest way to do this is to place a dowel (mine is 6mm) next to your dough when you roll it out. That way the dough will only roll out to the top of the dowels. The pieces turn out lovely and flat and uniform in thickness.
The next tip is:
You want to place your cookie cutters as close as you can to each other. The less times you have to roll out the dough, the better. Remove the excess around all the shapes first and move your cut of cookies on the baking tray last. It will be much easier to pick the pieces up without distorting them this way.
My final tip is to re-cut the cookies shapes a minute of two after the come out of the oven. This will give you the sharp edges you need to build a sturdy ginger bread house.
Finally, have fun! I know we certainly did!!
Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope that your holidays are safe, happy and relaxed. We are enjoying a couple of days of catching up with family and friends.
I will be making a few changes to the blog over the next day or so, so if something goes missing for a while, it is sure to be back again in a couple of days.