While the resident bloke has been busy erecting Ikea Faktum cabinets in the new Laundry, C and I tried our hand at an Ikea gingerbread house.
I had bought a Gourmet Traveller with intentions of going the whole hog and making the gingerbread, but decided to take it easy with the pre-made kit. Not, as a friend pointed out, that decorating anything with kids can be called easy, but omitting the baking element made it quicker at least.
This being the first gingerbread house I've ever made (and C's first too) it was handy to have a couple of sets of instructions to refer to- we went with the Gourmet Traveller suggestion to decorate the walls and roof before assembling. I suspect this was much easier than trying to decorate the assembled house as Ikea suggested.
Despite a shortage of icing sugar (hence icing quantities), probably overly thick icing (for fear of making it too runny) and lack of
a piping kit (we made do with a very basic parchment piping cone) we
had a heap of fun, sticking jelly beans, choc buds and raspberry jubes
everywhere, and finishing our masterpiece off with a liquorice path and
It kept us both entertained for well over an hour, and we're looking forward to gobbling it up.