One of my first inspirations which led me into the world of sweet making was Teresa Layman, author of Gingerbread for All Seasons and Gingerbread: Things to Make and Bake. Stumbling across one of her books in a store, I fell in love with the charm of her creations, and have had this gingerbread chalet on my “to make” list ever since.
If you’d like to make it as well, the template is from Teresa’s book Gingerbread: Things to Make and Bake. I used my own recipes and have some smaller gingerbread projects if you’d like another option for a gingerbread house this holiday season.
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Basic Template for Simple Gingerbread House – click here. Again, not this chalet, sorry I can’t share due to copyright. You can find the template in Teresa Layman’s book, Gingerbread: Things to Make and Bake. (Any Amazon links in this post are affiliate links).
You can find a video tutorial on how to put together a gingerbread house here, and I’ll share a few tools etc. I used with this house below.
I used lots of icing to fortify the inside of these walls and was more generous than usual with the icing used to put the roof on, as it’s quite a large size.
The loops were piped with 15 second icing, using a tip #1.5.
Instead of using gum as roof shingles, I colored fondant pink, rolled it fairly thin and hand cut the pieces using a pizza cutter.
For the balcony etc. I piped 3 sets of each as I knew they would be fragile and might need more than one. I ended up breaking one balcony, but everything else stayed in tact. The pieces actually ended up being less breakable than I thought they would be.
The trees are made by piping stiff green icing, star tip #21 onto upside down ice cream cones.
Hope you have fun making a gingerbread house this holiday season too. It smells soooo good by the way and was a lot of fun to create!
Happy baking and decorating!