Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas for those of you who celebrate!
We went to visit our family in Long Island for the holidays. I always bring some goodies. This year it was a Gingerbread Castle which Jamie and I made and decorated beforehand, and assembled at my sister-in-law’s house.
The process was the same as when we made the Haunted Gingerbread House:
I made a pattern and printed it on card stock and cut it out. Then I made gingerbread and cut out shapes using said pattern. We assembled it using royal icing as the “mortar” to hold the pieces together. For the windows, we filled cut out holes with crushed Jolly Ranchers that melted into “glass” when baked. The moat of the castle was a giant gingerbread frame and filled with “water” made from Blue Raspberry and Green Apple flavored crushed Jolly Ranchers.
Jamie decorated almost the entire castle by himself.
We used a happy colored “palette” (e.g. brightly colored jelly beans, candy coated chickpeas, licorice, candy covered chocolate, fruit jellies, and candy coated seashells) since it is a cheery holiday, rather than the muted dark palette we used for the Haunted House.
Instead of ghouls, Jamie made a snowman out of fondant and decorated it with a food coloring pen.
Unlike the Haunted House, the Castle was picked at and eaten and demolished in a day and a half or so by a houseful of people, rather than our small family of three. :)
Hope everyone has a great last week of the year!