This is a bit of a follow up post to the gingerbread houses we posted last week. Our 2009 house is an almost accurate rendition of our houseboat. When we finished it and it was sitting on the table, I realized that it looks like a very modern house from the 70′s – I think it’s the low slung roof… in any case, it’s more or less what our house looks like, and the fact is, this boat was built long before the 70s. As with all the videos here, this can be viewed in HD at vimeo.
As mentioned in the previous post, there are probably hundreds of recipes for gingerbread out there, I use this one because it’s quick and easy. The advantage of this dough is that you can use it right away, no refrigeration needed, and it’s takes less than 10 minutes to make. The drawbacks is that you really need to use it right away, it doesn’t do well once it sits around (although as noted in the directions, if the dough starts to firm up, just pop it in the microwave to warm it up a bit). This year, rather than melting hard candies into the window frames, I made the candy glass that you can see in the video. It was extremely easy. You’ll want a candy thermometer, but if you have that, I think making the glass is easier than buying. Actually, if you don’t have a thermometer, no biggie; people were making candy long before there were thermometers around to tell them when their sugar mixture was 300 degrees. I updated the last post with directions for candy glass, and how to tell if your bubbly sugar is hot enough, so look there for more info.