Our contribution to a New Year's Eve potluck: gingerbread house poppers. Mark thought it would be funny to make gingerbread houses you could eat whole. Like you were a monster or something. We used the gingerbread cake recipe from December 2004 Martha Stewart, plus bought cream cheese frosting. Make the gingerbread, let it cool, and chill it in the fridge. Chilling it makes it easer to cut up. The cake should be about an inch thick. Use a bread knife to cut the cake into 1 inch cubes. Cut some cubes on a diagonal for the roofs. Use a generous dallop of icing to glue the roof to a cube. Pipe on the doors and windows with a tiny tip. Once you have a little village, sift powdered sugar over the roofs. Devour accompanied by monster growls and screaming noises.
We experimented with candy doors and windows, but they either didn't taste good with gingerbread (sour gummy ribbons) or they were the wrong scale (Necco wafers). Sidenote: if you want to use Necco wafers for anything like this, they're really easy to cut to size. Just use a serrated knife to score, and snap right along the score.
comment by caitlin Friday December 31st, 2004 06:02 PM
Now that is a fun idea!
comment by yardenxanthe Saturday January 01st, 2005 10:44 AM
Those are so cute. I love a tiny version of anything.
comment by kissmyknitz Saturday January 01st, 2005 03:32 PM
So fun! I would arrange these on a rectangular plate in "blocks", maybe around a town square, with a plastic moster, like Godzilla or Spawn, crashing into town.
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comment by go-fish Saturday January 01st, 2005 11:05 PM
You guys are so funny with your houses. And I like the plate!
comment by maitreya Sunday January 02nd, 2005 04:42 PM
Thanks! We had grand plans for a little scene. Mark wanted to make it into a New Jersey McMansion development. As with so many ideas, though, we couldn't pull it off in the end.
Isn't the plate cute? It's part of a whole set I nabbed when I went home for Christmas. They probably belonged to my great aunt. I've been looking for the pattern online to see if there are other pieces, like, I-hope-I-hope, a teapot.