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  • sport 19 Nov 2012 10:47:23 12,811 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    I was just thinking over the weekend that I'd better get my skates on and try making some gingerbread to see how it goes before the real thing starts!
    Me too, might have a crack at it this afternoon with my boy.
  • thedaveeyres 19 Nov 2012 10:50:34 11,585 posts
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    Oh shit, forgot all about this. Better get my shizzle together or there'll be no gingernizzle this chrizzle.

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  • sport 20 Nov 2012 10:17:37 12,811 posts
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    Right, did my first test batch last night and overall, very successful.

    Here's the recipe I used - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4900/ - basically halved all the quantities to make a smaller batch.

    Very, very easy and surprisingly quick (8 mins to prep/mix, 12 to bake). Came out beautifully and tasted great although I will probably throw in another teaspoon on ginger to give a little more zing. It's also got a lovely crunch and the slab is nice and solid so should be easy to build with - here's some crappy photos:

    http://i.imgur.com/5DhGg.jpg (paired with a controller to give some perspective on what half the quantities in the recipe gives you)
    http://i.imgur.com/ZHHEp.jpg
  • Vortex808 20 Nov 2012 18:53:14 7,580 posts
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    Nice one sport. I think I'll try this weekend.

    Then the boy will have to draw his design.

    /gets excuses in early for lopsided/abstract construction by blaming a 5 year old's art.
  • localnotail 20 Nov 2012 19:11:31 23,093 posts
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    I think there should be two categories, like the Olympics and Paralympics. Original and assisted.

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  • elstoof 20 Nov 2012 22:04:54 8,306 posts
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    Mines gonna be assisted by Mary Berry.
  • Rusty_M 11 Dec 2012 13:42:36 4,921 posts
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    I have some gingerbread (cake style) in the oven, and some cooling.

    This is going to be awesome or a disaster.

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  • Vortex808 11 Dec 2012 21:34:27 7,580 posts
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    Rusty_M wrote:
    I have some gingerbread (cake style) in the oven, and some cooling.

    This is going to be awesome or a disaster.
    So which was it?

    I will probably try this on saturday or sunday. Time is pressing a bit now, so I should make more of an attempt to get cracking.
  • Rusty_M 11 Dec 2012 23:30:30 4,921 posts
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    The gingerbread is absolutely lovely. That was never going to be the problem. The problem will be attempting to construct something out of it, which we'll do tomorrow. (this will also double as by birthday cake)

    Edited by Rusty_M at 23:30:51 11-12-2012

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  • Rusty_M 12 Dec 2012 15:35:36 4,921 posts
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    OK. Here's my effort. I don't know why the cannons are outside the castle and I don't care.






    Edited by Rusty_M at 15:37:22 12-12-2012

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  • elstoof 12 Dec 2012 16:12:46 8,306 posts
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    That's a good bake Rusty, happy birthday too.

    I'll try and squeeze mine in this weekend, if I don't manage to find time I'm out unfortunately.
  • Vortex808 15 Dec 2012 18:00:49 7,580 posts
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    This shit is on. Just need some walls and some trimming before the build and decoration. Photos to follow tomorrow.

    Unless I break it during construction.
  • Vortex808 15 Dec 2012 18:22:52 7,580 posts
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    Ok, it has survived trimming and needs to cool.

    Having tried the off-cuts, if anyone's going to use recipe 4900 from the bbcgoodfood site, it needs more ginger added. 4 teaspoons of ginger is not enough.
  • Vortex808 16 Dec 2012 16:07:07 7,580 posts
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    Rightio folks, here we go:

    During construction

    The walls were thicker than suggested since I was worried they'd fail to take the weight of the sizable roof panels.

    We then moved on to decoration:

    Finished article


    Our son also felt it needed some important details:

    Important detailing

    Credit for the icing icicles goes to my wife, who is much more practiced at baking than me.

    Apologies for the stealth giraffe which is still propping up a tree as the icing set!

    Edited by Vortex808 at 16:08:03 16-12-2012
  • Salaman 16 Dec 2012 16:22:13 19,602 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    Finished article
    That's pretty good! You'd have my vote if I was part of this insome way.
  • Rusty_M 17 Dec 2012 21:44:55 4,921 posts
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    Nicely done Vortex808

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  • jonsaan 17 Dec 2012 21:51:33 25,440 posts
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    Very good vortex.

    FCUTA!

  • mrpon 17 Dec 2012 22:46:21 29,563 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    Our son also felt it needed some important details:

    Important detailing
    :D I chuckled, not a hearty chuckle more a pfft noise but enough to warrant a mention.

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  • sport 17 Dec 2012 23:02:17 12,811 posts
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    Great stuff Rusty and Vortex! I've baked my bread, construction and decoration shall take place over the next 2 days.
  • Vortex808 17 Dec 2012 23:28:18 7,580 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Great stuff Rusty and Vortex! I've baked my bread, construction and decoration shall take place over the next 2 days.
    Nice one. I look forward to seeing the results!

    I saw you tried the recipe I opted for earlier in the thread and I truly wish I'd noticed your comment about the lack of ginger. It was definitely underpowered there.

    I also wish our son had drawn his own design instead of sulking. We had to resort to their template in the end.

    Thanks all for the kind comments. I tend to leave baking to my wife, so was rather chuffed with the taste and look of it.

    I've noticed a lot of roof tiles and xmas lights seem to disappear each time our boy wanders through the kitchen though...
  • sport 22 Dec 2012 14:21:32 12,811 posts
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    Right, here's the monstrosity ;-P

    I think I've learnt to not to be so ambitious on your first attempt at building anything with baking goods.

    http://i.imgur.com/cbhFO.jpg (mid build)

    http://i.imgur.com/rL4kh.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/QiS1k.jpg

    Few points:
    - The green base is actually covering a large gingerbread base
    - I initially baked 3 levels for the bad piggie, but it was a nightmare trying to get just one to stand.
    - Royal Icing was a very very poor choice for the glue - should've gone for the industrial caramel glue like they used in the Bake-Off.
  • Vortex808 22 Dec 2012 15:01:22 7,580 posts
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    Nicely done sport. And with a gaming theme too!

    I'm surpised about the royal icing. I think mine could have been used to build a ginger bread skyscraper if needed.

    Think that was 250g icing sugar to 1 egg white. After it set a bit it was solid.
  • sport 22 Dec 2012 15:06:05 12,811 posts
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    Thanks mate, yeah, maybe the icing mix was too wet/thin. Anyway, was quite fun.
  • wobbly_Bob 22 Dec 2012 17:33:44 1,898 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    Rightio folks, here we go:

    During construction

    The walls were thicker than suggested since I was worried they'd fail to take the weight of the sizable roof panels.

    We then moved on to decoration:

    Finished article


    Our son also felt it needed some important details:

    Important detailing

    Credit for the icing icicles goes to my wife, who is much more practiced at baking than me.

    Apologies for the stealth giraffe which is still propping up a tree as the icing set!
    That's cool! How long did it take you to make it?
  • Vortex808 22 Dec 2012 17:53:35 7,580 posts
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    Not too long for the actual hands on cooking action. The gingerbread was made and baked quite quickly. It took a few runs to fit it all in the oven.

    It then had to cool and get trimmed after. The longest bit was leaving the icing holding the structure up to set overnight.

    Decorating took a while. It would have been a lot less if our so hadn't hoovered so many 'tiles' and 'lights' as we did it! :)
  • Rusty_M 22 Dec 2012 19:22:36 4,921 posts
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    I'm liking it Sport. Hope you don't try to treat it as its' subject matter and start throwing it around the place.

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  • MrTomFTW Moderator 23 Dec 2012 13:24:06 39,760 posts
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    Here's mine. What do I win?



    Joke, I saw this on Reddit.

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  • localnotail 23 Dec 2012 16:54:28 23,093 posts
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    A chocolate Barad-dr? Want!

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  • Rusty_M 23 Dec 2012 17:27:20 4,921 posts
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    Holy shit! That's bloody amazing! You win my appetite.

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  • brokenkey 23 Dec 2012 17:28:08 7,154 posts
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    I seem to have missed this thread until now. Work in progress, but it will be updated until completion:



    This is an indication of Tesco's dodgy Green/Red ratio in their large jelly bean packets.





    Final product.


    Edited by brokenkey at 22:19:24 23-12-2012

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