It’s that time again! This year the kids decided to do a Santa’s Village for our annual gingerbread creation. My daughter requested that we do it when her grandma and grandpa were in town so they could do it with us. Here’s how it turned out:
The recipe and other years of gingerbread creations can be found here.
Here’s how it went down this year:
Wednesday afternoon I sat down to work out a pattern for the village. I’d decided to try a Santa’s Workshop, candy shoppe, sled and big Christmas tree for the village. I started with a blank piece of paper and some basic image ideas I scratched out.
Then I moved into creating a pattern and taping it together for testing.
I made the dough on Wednesday night but couldn’t get to it to roll and bake until Thursday. The good news is that it required very little flour for the rolling process. The bad news is that it was really stiff and I had to work it a bit before I cold successfully roll it. Therefore, my *note to self* is to not leave it refrigerated in the future for more than the suggested hour.
Thursday was rolling, cutting and baking:
If working with straight edges is important, you’ll want to take a moment to trim the baked pattern pieces when they’re fresh out of the oven while they’re warm and pliable. I personally like the rounded edges and know they’re all going to be covered with frosting anyway so do all my cutting before baking.
Friday morning I glued the houses together with royal frosting and later that afternoon we went to decorating:
Here’s a few more pictures of the finished results:
It’s always a fun thing to do, but I’m glad it only comes around once a year. I’m ‘gingerbreaded’ out!