All finished! Our gingerbread house

Gingerbread House

Just like home

I like to think I’m the kind of person who doesn’t need too many kitchen gadgets. But that wouldn’t be exactly true.

But, while I can happily cook on a one-ring gas stove while camping, the breadmaker, slow cooker, food processor and, ahem, Kitchenaid, that clutter our kitchen would attest to the opposite.

And, last month, while I was amidst the mania (fun) of breastfeeding the Small Girl while keeping two-year-old Little Missy from murdering her little sister, I spotted – of all things – a gingerbread house mould pan.


A perfect project for Christmas, yes? Hmm…never underestimate the time needed to make a gingerbread house from scratch. Never. Especially with all the “help” that you get from a two-year-old Little Missy. And that’s not counting the interruptions from her teeny tiny three-month-old Small Girl sister who needs a feed NOW.

Our first gingerbread house bears a striking resemblance to the cottage, apart from the wine gums along the ridge. Although the entire process took about a week, off and on, LM was charmed with the process and only ate a few of the extra pieces.

Just wait until I’ve a pair of them to get stuck into making next year’s edible des res.

Happy Christmas everybody!



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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3 Responses

  1. Nenaghgal says:

    Good for you. I’ve always wanted attempt this but not sure I’d have the patience. I bought my daughter one this year and tonight we thought we’d add some colourful tots and m&M’s to it. Pathetic, my icing was too runny. Such a disaster, although it still looks okay.
    Happy Christmas to you all . Enjoy and hope to see you again in 2012.

    • Caroline says:

      Patience was definitely needed for this one although I have to say that the mould that I bought from The Kitchen Dresser ( was brilliant. It made great solid pieces that weren’t too much of an effort to put together, despite the “helping” little fingers!

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