- Virginia Johnson
Catherine Beddall’s words and photographs make The Magic of Gingerbread a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. While a classic house trimmed with favorite old-fashioned candies is a fine project, there are also designs for a birdhouse, an ice cream parlor, a toy chest, a robot, a garden cottage and more.
Gingerbread has been enjoyed during festive times of the year for centuries. A more cakelike version, served warm with a lemon or vanilla sauce, is a fine thing on a wintry night, but to create a sturdy edifice of the more solid variety is to make a sweet memory for all of the holiday.
Beddall includes step-by-step directions for 16 projects, plus, she gives a grounding in the basics of making royal icing (the sticky, white stuff that holds the pieces together beautifully) and fondant icing for decorative touches.
The winner of several gingerbread house contests, Beddall’s practicality and artistry make acquiring the skills to create sweet dream houses absolutely doable.
Would you like to see some amazing gingerbread houses? Every year, George Washington’s Foundation (Kenmore and Ferry Farm) hosts a gingerbread house contest. The 2016 theme is “Home for the Holidays.”
In addition to The Magic of Gingerbread, Central Rappahannock Regional Library owns several other books on creating gingerbread houses. Why not check one out, along with a wonderful read-aloud children’s book?