Well I finished off my Christmas baking and as it just past 9am Christmas Eve here in Australia I may have left it a bit late.
I made Reindeer Biscuits from the wonderful Tanya Bakes Cookbook, which is one of the best baking book i own. everything is really doable and simple. These look so cute and where really fun to make once I manage to cut out a head shape I like. Next year I will make a stencil though and not freehand them all. Also I didn’t pick out juts red smarties I used a variety of different colors and i think it makes them loo cute. Also I did run out of chocolate pretzels so some of my Reindeer are now females.
I also made shortbread, which I managed to under cook some batches and overcook others, don’t ask me how I’ve no idea. I also slightly burnt the meringues but they still taste amazing. I made strawberry flavored ones.
This was a major learning point. these are some of the thoughts that crossed my mind while assembling the mini houses
- No one tells you the patience required to assemble a gingerbread house, let alone mini ones.
- Royal icing and the piping bag do not play fair and just won’t do what you wanted, it seems to have a mind of its own – (read no patience at all by this time)
- That the finished object will in no way match the perfect image in your head
- The finished product will resemble something a child did despite the fact I’m in my late twenties
- Icing sugar is your best friend and a light (*massive) dusting colors a multitude of poor decorating mistakes.
- Finally who cares what they look like they still state amazing.
Learning’s for next year.
- Make one big house
- Use lots of lollies to cover errors.
- Allow three times the amount of time you think you will need
Finally thoughts, my kitchen ended up covered in icing sugar and baking is a lot easier when you have a dishwasher.
So many dishes!