D is now at an age when making a ginger bread house sounds like fun. However, I took advice from mom’s who have already been down that long, arduous road and decided to use graham crackers instead of making my own gingerbread or using a pre-made kit. I found a Royal Icing recipe that acts as the perfect sugary glue, too (see recipe below). The finished product shows…
1. An obvious first attempt at building a graham cracker house…ever. It’s more like a bird house as I didn’t cut the sides down far enough, hence the lovely gap between the roof and sides.
2. A 3-year-old’s personal touch.
3. A mommy’s attempt at spreading the candy strategically.
4. A daddy’s attempt at making it tasty to eat; notice, if you will, the side loaded with icing and M&Ms – yep.
We’ll keep practicing as it was a fun and tasty process, (well, except when I broke the first two sides, ahem) and we’re bound to be better next year.
3 large egg whites
4-3/4 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Beat eggs and cream of tartar with a mixer at medium speed. Add sugar in small amounts, mixing well on high after each addition. Beat on high for 4-5 mins or until it thickens. Refrigerate and cover until ready to use.