So the kids wanted to build a gingerbread house. OK, great - fun holiday activity and keeps them busy for a few hours. However, when looking for a gingerbread house kit, all I found was this, which, with a well-placed recommendation by Giada de Laurentiis, placed the hook firmly in the cheek of this Food Network aficionado. It was also substantially discounted at the grocery store. (Clue Number One.)
I will admit it looks a bit daunting; for one thing, you have to make the gingerbread dough, roll it out and cut out the walls etc. Knowing this, I took a moment to review the instructions last night. Among the hidden delights nnot mentioned on the outside of the package:
1) It assumes you own a Silpat, which I don't, although frankly they look pretty useful and I may end up getting one. Fortunately, I had bought a roll of wax paper for use on the layout, so I will trust in that to get the job done.
2) The instruction sheet proudly proclaims at the top, "No need for Royal Icing!" I probably don't have to tell you what Step 9 instructs you to make, although it helpfully includes Royal Icing mix in the package.
3) One step requires adding eleven teaspoons of water to the mix. That would probably have taken the most time of all, had I not had my mother on hand to translate that into tablespoons (3 2/3).
All other adults have mysteriously found other things to do today while I assist the children with this. Nothing like a vocabulary lesson for the holidays.
I may liveblog this depending on how early I start drinking. Wish me luck, and Happy Holidays!
Update 4:30 PM: Structural gingerbread construction complete, resulting in a favorable sun-yardarm relative position. To the bottle opener!