Aldi Ginger Bread House
Just a quicky from me today. I wasn't going to post this one, but I had some facebook requests to post the 'how to' on this cute little ginger bread house, so thought I'd throw it into the weekend mix and change it up a bit from the regular beautiful beach houses I usually post. Putting this one together, would be a good way to entertain the kids for half an hour in the Christmas holidays as well.
This is not a sponsored post, but I will be listing two brands that I love and used in the making of this little sweetie. Aldi is up first. That place is growing on me big time. It is value for money and I find myself shopping there and putting more Aldi products on my list each time. It's different and they didn't have cumin or mascarpone when I was there last week, which they should have, so you still can't do your whole shop there, but what they do have is good quality and fairly priced. This ginger bread kit is an Aldi one and I'm pretty sure they still had them for sale late last week. All the people and decorations are included, you just have to glue it all together with your frosting.
It goes together very easily. You have to make your own frosting, which is 250g of icing sugar, mixed with one egg white or water. Being a lover of 'easy', I used water and it worked fine. Just be sure not to put in too water much at first. Just drizzle it in so your frosting stays stiff and add more if required. Add the juice of half a lemon so as to make it even stickier, taking into account this will make your frosting runnier too.
The next product which I am loving is the Ikea piping bag. If you have been around for a while, you know I am a fan of piping, it just cuts down on the mess. I often use a clip lock plastic bag, which I did for this house last year, as I didn't have a piping bag, but if you can get your hands on the Ikea one, it works well and is easy to wash out and dry. It is also better than the clip lock bag, as it gives a great texture to the 'snow'. The piping kit comes with a whole lot of other stuff to decorate your cakes as well, which I haven't used yet, so can't comment.
You will also need some extra icing sugar to dust as 'snow'. I just put it in a sifter and shook over the top and I think it just finishes it off beautifully.
So there you go, a sweet little house that my kids are falling over themselves to eat. This is definitely becoming a tradition at the Beach House and one that we are all really enjoying.
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