A gingerbread house mold can be a complicated thing, but once you get one you like, you may never go back to gingerbread kits. While the kits are lovely and decorative, the gingerbread is not terrific in taste. If you’d like to snack on your house, as Hansel and Gretel did to the witch’s home in the fairytale, using homemade gingerbread provides a much more satisfying eating experience.
In simplest form, the gingerbread house mold is a cast-iron, cast-aluminum, or non-stick aluminum baking pan that usually features designs on both sides of the mold. These designs can be quite elaborate, and you can buy not just simple houses, but also log cabins, barns, and other varieties of edible architecture. You fill the designed parts of the pan on one side and bake, and then repeat using the other side of the pan. Cost varies significantly, and you can expect to pay anywhere from $20 US Dollars (USD) to about $50 USD depending upon the make and how elaborate the designs are on the mold. Size can vary too, and will depend upon the number of pieces needed to construct your gingerbread house.
Those learned in the art of making houses from gingerbread suggest that one of the prime mistakes people make when using a gingerbread house mold is removing the gingerbread from the pan before it is completely cool. People can be impatient to bake the other side of the pan’s designs. Yet, premature removal of one side can cause the gingerbread to stick to the mold, or to break as it is taken out of the pan. You should always allow the gingerbread to cool completely before attempting to take it out of the pan. It can help to either grease or use nonstick cooking spray on the gingerbread house mold too. If you’re in a hurry, buy two pans that feature the same design, and bake them on opposite sides.
Another mistake made by people assembling these houses is not allowing the pieces of the gingerbread house mold to rest for at least a day prior to assembling the house. You will inevitably have an architectural nightmare on your hands if your “walls” are not sufficiently stiff, something accomplished by letting the gingerbread cure for a day. Again, if you’re going to the trouble of using a gingerbread house mold and making a house from scratch, don’t ruin the process by hurrying.
If you have little Hansels and Gretels at home who might like to nibble on your house, you should use royal icing made of pasteurized egg whites. This way children or adults can eat the house that you built safely. Honestly, it can be difficult to resist a delectable looking house. Even if the house is for decoration only, it may eventually lose some of its trimmings.
If you’re looking for a really elaborate gingerbread house mold, the best place to search is the Internet. You’ll find the greatest diversity of molds online, often with accompanying plastic molds to make chocolate figures for a gingerbread garden, moat, or yard. As you learn to be a cookie construction worker, start with a simpler mold before working your way up to castles or villas.