Gingerbread Houses

‘Tis the season…to make gingerbread houses! (Also the season, MASSACHUSETTS, for SNOW. Ahem.)

In past years I have been lazy and used graham crackers, but this year I made real gingerbread (again, using an America’s Test Kitchen recipe), and it was not only more structurally sound, it was many times more delicious.

There wasn’t enough for everyone to build their own house, so we paired up. This one had a chimney!

Everyone brought various decorations (i.e., candy), and my most baking-inclined friend whipped up not one, but THREE different batches of icing – one chocolate ganache, two vanilla buttercream, one of which was stickier than the other, and good for cementing the gingerbreads together.

Traditional decorations – starlight mints, green and red M&Ms – were joined by Swedish fish and powdered butter cookies with an aquarium theme.

I begged people to take their houses and candy home, but one house was left. I let it stand on the table for a couple days, covered in foil…and then I started eating the roof.

What I’ve been reading: Skippy Dies, Paul Murray; Good to the Grain, Kim Boyce; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot; Now You See Him, Eli Gottlieb; The Cookbook Collector, Allegra Goodman

What I’ve been listening to: August and Everything After, Counting Crows; The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, Badly Drawn Boy; Achtung Baby, U2; Something to Write Home About, The Get Up Kids

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