Gingerbread House Blues

Question: What’s the best way to feel cheated when you look forward to the annual smashing of the gingerbread house?

Answer: Having it self implode without any help from anyone!

For years and years (34 I think) I have made a gingerbread house that gets taken to wherever Christmas is celebrated and at the end of the day great delight is taken among the group coming up with ways to demolish it. For the last few years I videoed the smashing and we were all working on ways for the demolition to happen this year.

This what the gingerbread house usually looks like sitting in pride of place at the Christmas venue.

gb house 2014

I made a decision this year to try a different gingerbread recipe. Not sure if it was this or the fact the house was sitting in a spot that captured the morning sun to cause this happening…..

1421109_10153888428939455_989080835971192103_oThis was taken with my dodgy phone, apologies for the grainy shot. It went from that to this in a very short time. Wish I had thought to use time-lapse photos.

Self destructing!

Self destructing!

We had a gathering of friends over on Christmas Eve and as I was starting to set up, smarty pants son (who likes to push my buttons and knew I was a little upset) asked sarcastically “why don’t you bring the gingerbread house out mum and put it at pride of place at the table?” So I did!

IMG_3483As much as I was disappointed with the unassisted demise of the GB house, I must admit the gingerbread tasted nicer than the original recipe and it was the first time in years the kids actually got stuck into eating it! Here are 2 of them picking at it and the lollies.


Much to the disgust of  ‘Smarty Pants’ son, I didn’t react at all to his barbs and quite enjoyed the fact it created such a good talking point. I did miss the planning of how to smash it though!

Merry Christmas to all the Around The Mulberry Tree Followers.

It’s been a fun year and big things await us in 2016.



About fergie51

Sourdough baker, teacher, eater and student. Sustainable living advocate and passionate food grower. Conduct sourdough baking classes at my home and administrator of Facebook support page for Australian & New Zealand sourdough bakers.
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10 Responses to Gingerbread House Blues

  1. Francesca says:

    Haha, funny posts are good posts. Loved this years collapsing ginger bread house. I can’t even talk about Christmas day, yesterday. Let the memory fade fast, the legs recover and start booking airfares for next year. All the best for the season Maree, xx


  2. Kim Bultman says:

    Maree, I love how you rose to the occasion (even if your GB house didn’t, lol!) and celebrated it all, in spite of the unanticipated implosion. I honestly didn’t know that smashing a GB house was part of the tradition (sounds fun!)… might have to instigate that one in my family next Season. Merry Christmas, my “sweet” friend (pun intended and sincerely meant) and Happy New Year! xo


    • fergie51 says:

      Thanks Kim! Yes the smashing is the best part. I think it is just our families tradition (we are a little nuts!). We’ve had bocce balls thrown at it, karate chops, bombed it with rocks, bombed with beer bottles, tied on a skateboard and sent flying down the driveway to smash into a bin and many others. I’d dearly love to put in on the train line but fear it might frighten the train driver or someone might think its a ‘device’ that could explode and cause more havoc than intended. You my friend, have a lovely Christmas full of love, fun and thanks. Cheers, M.

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  3. Glenda says:

    Hi Maree, I reckon that morning sun did it. Especially if there was butter in the icing. Mo matter, people will laugh along with you in times like this. Looks like you had a great day. All the best for 2016.


    • fergie51 says:

      Ha ha! Little do you know you were closely involved…. Little Miss Smarty Pants here used your beautiful ginger nut dough recipe for the construction. No butter in the icing, pure royal icing, but I certainly think the sun softened the gingerbread. Yes, had a good laugh and a great day. Hope you are both back on deck! 🙂


  4. Gretchen says:

    So glad you could enjoy your day despite the GB house implosion! And to think everyone was still able to enjoy eating it, maybe that made up for the lack of destruction. Start planning for next year?!


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