Themed children’s party venues are all the rage and what about the gingerbread house party? Most adults have heard of the children Hansel and Gretel from Grimm’s fairytales. For those of you that haven’t, the abbreviated story goes as follows:
A poor woodcutter thought that it was time for his two children to fend for themselves and decided to abandon them in the forest, but as their father walked Hansel and Gretel deep into the trees, the clever boy left a trail of bread crumbs behind them. Eventually, just as Hansel was running out of breadcrumbs their father stopped, built them a fire and told them to rest a while. The two children fell asleep by the fire and when they woke up, their father was gone.
Gretel began to cry, ‘How will we find our way home?’ she asked. Hansel told her, ‘We just have to wait until the moon comes up. When the moon comes up, the moonbeams will shine on the white breadcrumbs and they will be easy to follow all the way back to our home!’ So the children waited until the moon came up, but to their dismay there wasn’t a breadcrumb to be seen, just a few birds pecking at the ground.
While you wait, preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line baking trays with baking paper and cut thick card or polystyrene board into ‘larger than gingerbread house size trays’ and cover with aluminium foil ready to be used as bases.
Divide your chilled dough into two halves. Place each half separately between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and place one back in the fridge to keep cold. Roll the other out to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick ensuring that the rolled dough maintains a consistent thickness all over.