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post #211 of 473
Hello. I read through most of this tread, but not all. If this is a repeat question I apologize. I am trying to make my first "real gingerbread" house and wanted to melt candy and attach to the back of the windows. I didn't want to bake them in with the walls but attach them after the walls were baked. I tried melting butterscotch on the stove and it was a mess. Should I add something to the candy?? What is the best way to melt these??
post #212 of 473
I've had the best results melting chocolate on a double boiler. I boil the water first, then take it off the burner and put the chocolate in a dry pot. It melts nicely and the heated water keeps it soft for quite a while.

Another question ... had anyone decorated with candy melts or only used it for structure?
post #213 of 473
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Originally Posted by cakemom24

Hello. I read through most of this tread, but not all. If this is a repeat question I apologize. I am trying to make my first "real gingerbread" house and wanted to melt candy and attach to the back of the windows. I didn't want to bake them in with the walls but attach them after the walls were baked. I tried melting butterscotch on the stove and it was a mess. Should I add something to the candy?? What is the best way to melt these??




Do you mean you want to use melted hard candies for "glass" in the windows? If so, take 2 or 3 hard butterscotch candies and place them in a ziploc bag. Crush them with a rolling pin and spread the crushed candy on a foil lined cookie sheet in a neat little pile. I place the candy in a heated 350 degree oven and they melt in about 5 to 7 minutes. Take pan out and let cool completely before removing the "glass". I attach the glass to the backside of the cut out with royal icing. Voila......glass windows.
post #214 of 473
Thank you!!!
post #215 of 473
Jana, thanks for all the great links. Your swans and icing church are amazing! Looks like a lot of work, but worth it. Love the santa train instructions. Can't wait till next year.
post #216 of 473
This is my gingerbreading results for this year. I like the little houses and think they would be great gifts, decorated according to whatever the current holiday or celebration.
LL
post #217 of 473
Yomomma, those are darling!! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #218 of 473
I have been reading and just wanted to share i love gingerbread houses and always afraid to make one. But with the help of all the CC'ers here , i now have the courage.Saved tread to watched topics
Thanks to all..
post #219 of 473
Thank goodness for this thread! icon_wink.gif I used many of the links you all posted to get some great tips, so thanks!

Well, here she is. I've decided that although I like planning it, actually DOING gingerbread houses is certainly not my forte.

I made this for displaying in the new bakery I work at, so I thought it only fitting to replicate the amazing bakery building. It's a gorgeous 5-storey historic limestone building that was gutted and rebuilt in 2001 for their grand opening.

My version is a VERY rough copy of its design, using a template as a guide from the book "Gingerbread For All Seasons". I omitted a lot from the original building just to make things easier. It's about 12" x 14" and stuck together with plenty of royal icing and prayers. icon_lol.gif I used fondant for the brickwork and cobblestones (made even easier with impression mats, thankfully!) All the windows are sheets of gelatin, the "baked goods" in the windows are gingerbread pieces and two benches are the only inedible pieces (picked up at the local dollar store.)

I bought the bulb and cord so it could be lit up, but forgot to glue on the front door....so at eye-level, you're just blinded by the stupid bulb shining in your eyes. It won't be lit up at work anyway, so no big deal.
They have it on display there this month.
LL
LL
LL
post #220 of 473
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Originally Posted by cakemom24

Hello. I read through most of this tread, but not all. If this is a repeat question I apologize. I am trying to make my first "real gingerbread" house and wanted to melt candy and attach to the back of the windows. I didn't want to bake them in with the walls but attach them after the walls were baked. I tried melting butterscotch on the stove and it was a mess. Should I add something to the candy?? What is the best way to melt these??



I used hard candy for my windows. I rolled/cut my dough and then added crushed hard candy (Life Savers) in the open areas. It looked amazing... until it melted and oozed it's way out of the windows and down the walls of my GB house. I will order gelatin sheets next time.

I don't know if this only happens with LS or if it will with all hard candies. Someone told me they had better luck with Jolly Ranchers. Fruit Roll-Ups (the real fruit kind found in the produce section) were also suggested.

I just crushed the candy between plastic wrap covered in kitchen towels and then put in the windows. It melted just fine. I wouldn't hesitate to do it for cookies or houses meant to be eaten. Just won't do it with something I want to save.

You could crush the candy and melt it on a Silpat. While it's warm, cut it into size with a pizza cutter sprayed with Pam. (Don't cut through your Silpat!)

I hope this answers your question.
post #221 of 473
I must say y'all are sooooo talented!! I didn't get around to doing the gingerbread thing this year but hey, they year is young! icon_lol.gif Will definitely keep y'all posted!! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #222 of 473
I haven't been able to visit this thread in a while and I see that there were lots more photos added since I last came by. Some of you have also shared your photos on my site: http://www.gingerbread-house-heaven.com/gingerbread-house-photos.html and some of you haven't. I SURE would love to have them over there as well!! I'm sure my readers would really enjoy seeing these beautiful creations!

Also, I'm hoping to build some pages on gingerbread Easter and Spring creations before long so please share your old photos (same page as above works fine) if you have anything Spring-like.

All the best,
Kelly
post #223 of 473
Has anyone seen the gingerbread faberge eggs? I'm curious as to how they are made...icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #224 of 473
No, haven't seen them but would love to! Do you have a link to a picture?
post #225 of 473
No link to a picture icon_cry.gif but I've heard of them. I know that Bragdon's "the gingerbread book" has some with limited pictures and I know that Steven Stellingwerf is doing a Faberge egg demo at ICES this year but I'm not sure if he's doing his in gingerbread or not (even though he wrote one of the best gingerbread books out there!) I wish I were going but I have to work that week. icon_cry.gif
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