Edible Decorations: Grow and Make Your Own Gingerbread House Decor

Christmas is fast approaching, and it's that time of the year again for the delightful tradition of gingerbread house-making!

Why not elevate the experience this season by stepping away from the usual store-bought decorations?

Consider the charm and uniqueness of using home-grown herbs, flowers, and spices. These natural and delightful additions are visually appealing and infuse your gingerbread house with a touch of personal craftsmanship.

Imagine the look of wonder on the faces of friends and family as they admire a gingerbread house adorned with decorations that are as tasty as they are beautiful.

A small and cute ginger house ready for thanksgiving

Keep experimenting; you'll soon be crafting visually stunning and irresistibly scrumptious decorations!

Growing Your Own Edible Decorations

Growing your edible decorations is fun and rewarding and allows you to control the quality and freshness of your ingredients.

Choosing the Right Plants

When selecting plants for your edible decorations, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, choosing plants that are safe to eat and haven't been treated with harmful chemicals is essential. Some popular options for edible decorations include:

  • Mint: This herb is easy to grow and adds a refreshing flavor to any dessert. Smaller varieties like applemint and spearmint have a signature wintergreen aroma and taste and are edible.
  • Nasturtiums: These colorful flowers have a peppery flavor and can add color to your gingerbread house.
  • Pansies: These delicate flowers come in various colors and have a mild, slightly sweet flavor used to flavor and garnish foods.

Are you ready to add flavor and color to your meals? Don't miss our article: 12 Edible Flowers To Add Flavor And Color To Your Meals

Creating Gingerbread Dough

Ingredients Needed

To create gingerbread dough, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingredient Quantity
All-purpose flour 3 1/4 cups
Ground ginger 1 tablespoon
Ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon
Ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon
Baking soda 1 teaspoon
Salt 1/4 teaspoon
Unsalted butter 1/2 cup
Brown sugar 1/2 cup
Molasses 1/2 cup
Egg 1

Preparing the Dough

To prepare the gingerbread dough, follow these steps:

  1. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses and egg to the butter mixture and beat until well combined.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until a dough forms.
  5. Divide the dough into two equal portions and wrap each in plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.

The following section will discuss rolling out and cutting the dough to create your gingerbread house.

Building the Gingerbread House

Designing Your House

Before you start building your gingerbread house, it's crucial to have a plan for its design. You can draw inspiration from various sources such as online tutorials, books, or even your own imagination.

Sketch your design on paper and remember the size of your gingerbread pieces so they fit together correctly.

One tip for designing your gingerbread house is to keep it simple. Don't try to create something too complex on your first try. Start with a basic design and add more details as you gain more experience.

Assembling the House

Once your gingerbread pieces are baked and your design ready, it's time to start assembling the house. Here are some tips to help you along the way:

  • Use strong and sturdy icing to hold the pieces together. Royal icing is famous for gingerbread houses as it dries hard and can affect the structure's weight.
  • Start with the base of the house and work your way up. Make sure each piece is securely attached before moving on to the next.
  • Use props such as cans or cups to hold the walls in place while the icing dries. This will prevent the walls from collapsing.
  • Don't forget to add decorations to your gingerbread house as you assemble it. You can use candies, sprinkles, or even edible glitter to add sparkle and color to your creation.

Making Your Own Edible Decorations

Decorating a gingerbread house is a fun and creative way to celebrate the holiday season. Making your own edible decorations is a great way to add a personal touch to your gingerbread house.

Here are a few simple recipes that you can try:

Spearmint Chocolate Leaves

Brush melted chocolate over spearmint leaves, then peel the leaves off once the chocolate sets. These make beautiful and tasty decorations for cakes and desserts.

Nasturtium Garnishes

Candied nasturtiums make exquisite and tasty garnishes for cakes and desserts.

Brush the flowers lightly with beaten egg white, sprinkle with superfine sugar, and let them dry. These candied flowers add a unique elegance to any sweet treat.

Pansy Petal Sugar

Pansy petals can be used to make colorful, flavored sugar. Blend granulated sugar with dry pansy petals in a food processor. This floral sugar is perfect for sprinkling over pastries, rimming cocktail glasses, or sweetening tea.

Gingerbread Cookies

You will need flour, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and butter to make gingerbread cookies. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl and cream the butter and sugar in a separate bowl.

Add the molasses to the butter mixture and mix well. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until the dough forms.

Roll out the dough and cut it into shapes using cookie cutters. Bake the cookies and use them to decorate your gingerbread house.

Learn how to use the bounty of your garden to create stunning. Click our article: Thanksgiving Decor From The Garden: DIY Natural Decorations.

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