The gingerbread house that was

one of the things I love most about gingerbread houses is that they are made for eating.

And one fine day when the feeling is just right, the house gets smashed and ruined!

Edible art at its best, and it wouldn’t be so delicious if it wasn’t for the fact that it has been standing there looking pretty and enticing.

A reminder of how fragile everything is – we just see the destruction of some things a little bit quicker.

And there is something beautiful also in ruins!

The gingerbread ruin – not made to be a ruin, but that’s how it turned out!

And I kind of like it. It makes room for us to make another house next Christmas. The little tomte has definitely moved out! But I have a suspicion he, and his friends, might move back into our house in ten months’ time or so!



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Älvhuset med mallar

Jag tror älvan och tomten som bägge bor här har det himla roligt! Det lyser på kvällarna och köket liksom känns som att det har en så härlig stämning nuförtiden!

Jag botaniserade i en godisaffär innan jag gjorde huset och hittade så härliga godisar som såg ut som blommor.

Såhär har jag löst problemet med en ljusslinga – jag skar en öppning i bakre gaveln och trädde ljusslingan igenom.

Fönstren glimmar härligt mysigt när det är mörkt!

Takpannorna kommer inte att bli särskilt spännande för mina ungar att äta, men dekorationerna på takåsen! Pärlemorfärgade lakritsbollar. Och geléhallon!


Känns vintrigt och juligt, också då när det regnar ner utomhus.

Här kommer mallarna om någon annan känner sig hågad att baka mitt pepparkakshus: (och om du gör det så skulle jag jättejättejättemycket uppskatta om du mailade mej eller skrev en kommentar här! Det är så himla roligt att få ta del av andras pepparkakshus tycker jag!)


P.S. På Facebook hänger vi som gillar pepparkakshus i gruppen Allt om Pepparkakshus – välkommen med du också!



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DIY Gingerbread House – The Fairy House 2019

This year I wanted to try something new – to make a wonky rooftop that you sometimes see on Fairy Houses (made for the garden, or such). But this one turned out not wonky enough, and it might be inhabited by a tiny tomtenisse! We can see lights twinkling from inside the house at night, and he has even made sure there is candy left around the house for any helpful nice child that might pass by…!

The roof shingles are made out of gingerbread. I just cut out strips about 1 cm wide, and then cut them using a ruler (not as a measuring device, but as cutting – it as a long edge so you can cut long stretches with it).

I decided to try to bake the roof parts using some cardboard to prop them up. This turned out to be quite unnecessary! If I do this kind of roof again, I’ll just bake the parts as they are and then prop them up on some support like this when they’re cooling.

The parts for the roof ready to go into the oven.

The idea was to make them a bit wonky, to make this sort of woodsy feel. As I said, this was quite unnecessary!

I made windows out of cooking sugar plus water until it was about 150 degrees Celsius. I then poured it into the gingerbread windows (I had lined them with some aluminum foil beforehand)

If you stir the sugar when you boil it, it becomes crystallized.  Makes for really lovely gingerbread house windows!

This is from when the sugar was still hardening. It still looked translucent, but when it hardened it turned more opaque. A nice sort of frosty quality.

I placed the shingles above the door while the icing was still wet.

After decorating the sides of the house I used royal icing to glue them together. I propped them up with drinking glasses.

This is a good way to let the house set, and not having to stand there for hours yourself holding the whole thing together!

I placed an extra glass inside the house, just in case the roof would turn out to be too heavy for the construction. I also placed a string of fairy lights around the glass.

This is me gluing the roofparts together! And yes, I did need to stand there pinching them together for a while!

Not too long though – the weight on the roof was still mostly on the house parts, so I perhaps had to stand there pinching them for about five minutes.

Then I lay the shingles on the rooftop! …and noticed the house was looking less wonky. I had used far too thick shingles, but there you go – you never know how a gingerbread house will turn out. Sometimes the dough rises a lot, and since I’m no baker or chemist I have no idea why that happens!

The house got some nice snow in the form of some icing sugar. And then the house was ready for its inhabitant to move in!

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A house for Hansel & Gretel

If this house won’t lure Hansel and Gretel, then I don’t know what will! My kids absolutely love this house, and can’t wait to eat it!

Here’s how to make it:

Print out the templates.

I drew the house onto plain cardboard and scanned the pieces, so they’re a bit wobbly in the edges, but just ignore that and cut straight edges!

Bake all the parts of the house. Cut out the door and save. Cut another piece just like the door if you want a portico above the door. Make a large oval piece of gingerbread for the house to stand on.

You can leave the back of the house without windows or anything. I cut out a small opening for a string of fairy lights.

Melt some crushed candy in the microwave and fill in the windows of the house while the gingerbread pieces are still lying flat.

Decorate the sides of the house. Let the icing set. Use royal icing to glue the pieces to each other. Let the icing between the sides and gables set before you put on the roof using a bit more royal icing.

Now for the fun part – pipe or spread royal icing all over the roof. Put the chimney in its place. Decorate the roof using cookies and candies. I baked gingerbread cookies beforehand, but you can easily use store bought cookies.

Adhere the portico using some royal icing and fasten two pieces of candy cane underneath it with some royal icing.

Pipe some decorative edges along the roof and the portico.

Spread royal icing all around the house on the gingerbread ground and decorate using assorted candies, candy canes and lollipops. Stick the lollipops into pieces of marshmallow for extra support.


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Hansel and Gretel better watch out!

This year I went full fairy-tale with the gingerbread house!

I wanted something that Hansel and Gretel just couldn’t resist, so I trawled the internet for inspiration pictures. I looked through so many images from picture books, and then I set to work.

I sketched the house and made templates out of cardboard (I’ll release the templates here soon, if you too want to make this gingerbread house) and baked the house. The fun part was decorating! This house was so easy to make, and it looks so delicious!

The main thing that makes the house look like it’s inhabited by a witch who wants to eat little children are the lollipops in my opinion. I stuck them through some marshmallows plus used lots of royal icing to get them in the right position. Now that the icing is hardened, their foundation is almost rock-solid.

I made lots of small gingerbread cookies and decorated them before I attached them to the gingerbread house. I only had red food coloring at home, so the house is mainly colored red-pink-white, but I think it still works. Especially at Christmas time.

I layered all the little cookies, which creates an effect of abundance. Suits a fairy tale house perfectly!

This was such a fun house to make!

(I need to take more pictures of it – I just have to wait for the sun to come out! We have such short days now, but in a month’s time that will all change. Until then, I have to make sure to have the camera ready in the middle of the day, or else the pictures get too grainy.)


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Den gamla, gamla tomten

Det fanns en tid då vi knappt hade några tomtar alls här hemma. Sen fick jag ärva tomtar efter både min mormor och farmor, och nu står dom lite här och där hemma hos oss!

Den här tomten tycker jag är speciellt fin med sina klappar på ryggen och käppen som han går med, och så var han helt perfekt storlek för mitt pepparkakshus!

God Jul önskar vår hustomte och alla vi här hemma också!



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Pepparkakstips + Instagram!

För ett tag sen insåg jag att jag ville dela med mig av entusiasmen för pepparkakshus, så jag startade gruppen Allt om pepparkakshus på Facebook – välkommen med dit om du vill ha tips om pepparkakshus, eller vill dela med dig av dina egna projekt! Det är så himla kul att se allas projekt, och att hitta andra entusiaster!

I’ve got a small Facebookgroup about Gingerbread houses – you are very welcome to join us there! We write in Swedish, but the pictures usually speak for themselves, and I am sure everyone knows enough English to answer any questions anyone would have in that language!

Jag har också fixat ett nytt Instagramkonto, den här gången med bilder som jag tar på dottern. Fairytales from Pargasia heter det för det handlar om mitt barnboksprojekt (som än så länge är nåt som bara mina barn får läsa), där min dotter är prinsessa av Pargasien. Välkommen att följa med här!

I also have a new Instagram account, featuring the pictures I take of my daughter as the Princess of Pargasia – a fairytale character that I’ve invented. If you want to follow us on our adventures, you are most welcome!

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