It is considered a traditional Christmas experience to put together a gingerbread house. However, when you need gluten free it can be a bit tricky. Thankfully we have a company like The Gingerbread Folk who are here to help. The gingerbread folk have a few gluten free products.
During their sale a couple of months ago I purchased the gluten free mini folk. These are circular pieces of gingerbread with smiley faces. The gingerbread is soft and chewy, I really love this texture personally and isn’t too heavy on the spice. Brody admitted that it was really close to original gingerbread and he probably wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference.
Along with the mini folk, I also purchased the gluten free gingerbread house kit. This gave me the opportunity to put together my first ever gingerbread house. After we godzilla’d the house and tore it down I can confirm that the gingerbread tasted the same as the mini folk. That means everyone will be able to enjoy this Christmas treat. Let’s rewind though and I’ll talk you through the kit itself.
In the gluten free gingerbread house kit, you receive your gingerbread panels sealed in pairs as well as their vegan super fast drying icing. Along with this, there is an instruction card to help people like me who had never built a gingerbread house before. On this card are also tips and tricks to making the lattice for your roof and drop icicles.
Upon opening my box I realized that my roof panels had sadly broken during shipping. The Gingerbread Folk eagerly tried to offer me replacement sheets but I politely declined. My postman is rough as anything so it isn’t a surprise it broke. It is good to know though that if you experience any breakages in transit they will happily help you out. For me, I figured I could do some fancy icing work and stick them back together. The icing definitely lives up to its name of strong and fast drying. But I’m getting ahead of myself again.
The icing seems relatively easy to make based on the instructions. You add the required amount of water to the packet and stir vigorously. I had a bit of trouble though and it took a lot longer than it should have to get my spoon to ‘stand up’ in it. My recommendation is definitely to add the water slowly (I may have added a touch too much) and definitely use the electric mixer. My arm definitely got a workout.
Preparation aside because it was probably user error, the icing is definitely super quick drying. When sticking not only the pieces together but my gravity-defying decorations I only had to hold for a few minutes before the magic happened. I will admit when it got hot in the house the process slowed down a little by throwing the house in the fridge did the trick. I didn’t try out any of the tips about making icicles this year but it is definitely something I would love to test out in the future.
Brody was really impressed by my gingerbread house although I wish I’d gotten some more colour to add to it. For anyone interested I the reindeer was from Big W and is gluten free by ingredient. His little accident is the Menz mini honeycomb. The round decorations are Double D lollies and the candy canes were the fabulous food company in Target. Finally, I used Fads as the fence posts.
With delicious gingerbread and easy to use icing I would definitely recommend The Gingerbread Folk gluten free kit. You can find them online for $39.90. The Mini Folk retail for $5.95 along with Christmas miniatures for $12.00. They also have gingerbread bunnies and men available in bulk. If buying online isn’t your thing there are a list of stockists on the website.
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Until Next time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.