The Gingerbread Challenge – and finally a church

Gingerbread church 1

It’s been a while coming, but here is the final (for now) post in the Gingerbread Challenge series. You may remember that I promised my LSH a gingerbread church for Christmas, despite never having made gingerbread men before let alone anything that needs to stand upright on its own. So after numerous gingerbread men, a small shed and a house with boiled sweets windows I was finally ready for the big one – the church.

Gingerbread cardboard template
So on a cold and windy December afternoon we set about creating his dream – a small church, with stained glass windows, a red roof and a small steeple. LSH made the templates along with a cardboard version and I set about mixing gingerbread dough and then baking all the parts. It was all a bit like an episode of Blue Peter in our kitchen as we made small stained glass windows and dyed icing for the mortar, snow and grass.

Gingerbread church 2 You may notice that the final edible version doesn’t have the porch that the model has – we did try to add one but it was quite small and fell apart as soon as it was added. And the steeple was not easy to put together – it was a two man job to try and get the triangles to meet and the whole thing needed a lot of icing to stay together and even then it looks like it needs a lot of scaffolding around it to stay upright.

Gingerbread church snowman 1

It was finished off with a fondant icing carpet of “snow”, chocolate paving slabs, some little snowmen (courtesy of LSH) and a light dusting of icing sugar. I’d left a little gap in the back wall so we could shine a torch in to illuminate the windows and voila – one winter Churchyard scene … in gingerbread.

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16 thoughts on “The Gingerbread Challenge – and finally a church

  1. I think this is fantastic and the fact it is your first attempt at gingerbread construction is remarkable. I’d freeze it and pull it out every year. I’ve no crafting skills whatsoever and there’s little chance of lightning striking twice. 🙂

    • I have to confess to not having any artistic ability myself either – thankfully this is mainly drawing straight lines which even I can cope with! I was tempted to leave it untouched but it just looked so delicious and the point was to eat it so now it’s a just a ruin. I suspect that there will be another building along soon enough.

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