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Grove Park Inn pastry chefs Robert Alger & Iain Jones build and decorate a gingerbread house.

Tips from the chefs:

• Have a picture or drawing of a "house" that you want to work from.

• If you are making your own gingerbread house, make sure the structural part of the house is baked before decorating.

• If you don't have a gingerbread house mold, you can use cardboard to build a template.

• Use a microplane on the edges of the baked gingerbread house to ensure straight edges.

• Gelatin sheets work well for windows. Attach it to the house with royal icing.

• Royal icing is made of egg whites and powdered sugar. Make sure to sift the powdered sugar 3-4 times to get the lumps out.

• When you use royal icing to attach the gingerbread house sides together, make sure it's a thicker consistency.

• When gluing the roof of your gingerbread house, make sure to use extra royal icing and hold the roof in place until secure. Let sit overnight.

• To create small stones, build it out of gingerbread and bake it at a low temperature to dry it out.

• To decorate the roof, you can use cereal, crackers, fondant.

• Fondant, a sugar icing, can be placed in the microwave, kneaded, and rolled out to loosen it up.

• If you drape fondant on the gingerbread house, the thinner the better.

• Royal icing can be used to look like snow or icicles as well as attaching decorative elements like candy.

• To make icicles, use a small pastry bag tip.

• Have fun!



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Grove Park Inn pastry chefs Robert Alger & Iain Jones build and decorate a gingerbread house based on the President's Cottage at Grove Park Inn.


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