Christmas traditions: The Gingerbread House - Gingerbread House 2015

Here we go again: the start of Gingerbread House 2015

First published in the Nov-Dec edition of Image Interiors & Living.

In 2011, with a small baby in my arms and toddler underfoot,  I decided that the one thing that would make Christmas complete was a gingerbread house. A nice project to do with two-year-old Little Missy, right?

Think again.

There were mornings making – and eating – the spicy dough, afternoons with the oven on full blast to bake the pieces and several tantrums (mine) closely averted with dollops of royal icing. But we got there in the end, Little Missy and I, with a slightly wonky (and occasionally tooth-marked) gingerbread house.

Did I learn from the experience? Not enough, for I’ve repeated it every year since with my pair of growing-up girls, pulling out the baking mould at the start of December and completing the painstaking assembly, icing and decorating (note: luridly coloured liquorice allsorts are the sweets least likely to disappear during the decoration phase) just in time for it to be broken into and devoured on Christmas Eve.

Christmas traditions, eh? Roll on gingerbread house 2015!

Previous houses
Gingerbread house 2014
Gingerbread house 2013
Gingerbread house 2012
All finished! Our gingerbread house 2011



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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