Had ya didn’t I? Yeah…no. I wouldn’t have fell for it either! 🙂
(For more on the real creator (Barry Parsons) of this beautiful gingerbread “manor” click here).
I do not remember the last time that I laughed so hard I cried! Literally! I will admit that it was quite the challenge for me to put aside my “Type A” personality and just let the boys go for it. I am glad I did though, because “perfect” is not nearly as fun or memorable. The only decorating contribution I actually made was the walkway leading to the house!
The licorice you see is gluten-free and made by Candy Tree.
For the gingerbread recipe and the templates click here.
You will want to make Royal Icing to use as the “glue” for the gingerbread forms and the decorations.
Royal Icing (Wilton’s recipe)
3 Tbs. Meringue Powder
4 cups (1-lb.) Confectioners Sugar
6 Tbs. Warm Water
Food Coloring, if desired
- Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).
NOTE: Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.
* For stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.
**When using large countertop mixer or for stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.
Thinned Royal Icing: To thin for pouring, add 1 teaspoon water per cup of royal icing. Use grease-free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Add 1/2 teaspoon water at a time until you reach proper consistency.
And the winner is Alice!
Alice will receive the “Simple Joys” prize pack which includes 2 packages of Betty Crocker Fruit-Flavored Snacks, a retro Pick `em Up Sticks game, a light-up yo-yo and a classic Frisbee.
Alice’s favorite games as a child were LIFE, Uno and Connect Four.
Congratulations Alice! If you will email me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will get your prize pack out to you! 😀