I made this gingerbread ‘woodcutter’s cabin’ this past winter. (Hurray, I can actually refer to winter as a thing of the past now!) The design is completely from Teresa Layman’s book, Gingerbread: Things to Make and Bake.
This isn’t the first gingerbread house I’ve made, but Teresa was definitely the main inspiration of my gingerbread house making obsession. About 7ish years I ago I decided to try my hand at my first one, and hers was the book I stumbled accross and bought. She describes steps in meticulous detail… She doesn’t leave a stone unturned in terms of explaining things! Not only that, her designs are so pretty and charming. I love her stuff so much I actually contacted her and chatted with her on the phone. She’s such a sweet person. In our conversation I asked if she would be doing any more books on gingerbreading, besides the two she already has published, and unfortunately her publisher told her that there were enough books on gingerbread in the stores. I contacted her publisher and put a request in. Alas, that was about 3 years ago now. (I know, I am crazy aren’t I!? When I like something I really go for it). In my opinion, hers are the best gingerbreading books out there.
This gingerbread house has a few non-edible elements included with it. The chimney has cotton balls for smoke, two dollhouse sugar bags in front of the cabin, and lace on the inside for curtains. You can’t see it, but I also like to put a tealight inside each house. If we don’t eat it, I can insert a long matchstick through the windows and light the candle at night. (It just can’t be on too long… no ventilation).