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Offline spinderella

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Gingerbread house 'glue'
« on: December 14, 2010, 03:41:11 am »
We're making gingerbread houses for the grandparents this year.  Can anyone suggest the best 'glue' to use to stick the walls & roof together please?

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Re: Gingerbread house 'glue'
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2010, 04:00:44 am »
Would royal icing be the best?  Egg white and pure icing sugar. I haven't done it though.
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Re: Gingerbread house 'glue'
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2010, 05:16:10 pm »
Royal icing is definitely the best glue.  It hardens quickly, even in fairly damp weather and is "permanent" for weeks.

This site PastryWiz  has all kinds of information about gingerbread house construction and decorating.

this page has the glue formula
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Re: Gingerbread house 'glue'
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2010, 01:12:02 am »
I would use Royal Icing to join the pieces together, and then use a softer buttercream type icing on the outside to make it look pretty. Royal icing sets like a rock, so use it sparingly.
For royal icing, i use half an egg white (beat it with a fork) and then add pure icing sugar and 1tsp of fresh lemon juice (optional). You need to mix it until it has a shiny appearance. I mix small amounts in a coffee mug, and use a butter knife to mix in the pure icing sugar. It usually takes around 5mins for it to become nice and glossy. Dont use it until you have the glossy appearance.

If you need to store it to use a little later, then place a damp piece of paper towel over the cup, and cover with cling wrap. Make sure the paper towel stays moist.

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Re: Gingerbread house 'glue'
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2010, 01:29:22 am »
I made a gingerbread house yesterday using this recipe:  http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=2423.0

It was perfect, and the royal icing worked well.