Monday, December 19, 2011

More Christmas cooking

I usually buy a gingerbread house or gingerbread train kit from Aldi each year. Tassy and I have great fun decorating them and I think they're so beautiful. But none of us like gingerbread, and I hate waste. I usually force myself to eat at least a bit... then pick off the decorations and throw away the rest.

Sooooo this year I thought i would try making a chocolate house. Just a tiny one - not too crazy. Have you ever heard of a chocolate house before? I don't think I have... and I can tell you why. Those things are tricky! Making the walls and roof wasn't too hard - I just drew a pattern, piped the outlines with melted chocolate and filled them in with more chocolate. I froze them then joined them together with melted chocolate, then back into the fridge. But the decorating was tricky... Mostly because I couldn't hold the house without it melting! I think if I ever do one again I'll use different chocolate - maybe choc melts would work better than the Ghirardelli chocolate I had on hand).

Do you like the little heart shaped cutout above the door? Well let me tell you how to make that. Firstly, make sure your white chocolate is nice and hot. Start piping a heart shape and pretend not to be surprised when the centre of the heart disappears inside the house. Of course you planned it, didn't you!

And here it is in all its naked glory.


Lotti said...

Oh a chocolate house rather than Gingerbread.....yummy. Thanks for your comments on my blog. I am so glad the essay is done now too. Now I can relax till Christmas is over

Car said...

So, can I see a photo of this chocolate house on Christmas Eve??? If it were in my house there wouldnt be much left come Christmas day LOL

It really looks awesome :)

Anonymous said...

Oh I love it. Maybe next time you could decorate the walls before you assemble the house. At least the walls would be flat to decorate. I had tears running down my cheeks when I read about the cute little heart shaped window above the door.
Love Mum

WV: spectu

Spectu will bring the little house to Christmas at Granny and Papa's house?

Zara said...

Oh yummy. I bet there would be no waste of this one. x

Anonymous said...

Trust you to come up with a CHOCOLATE house. I agree with you about wasting a gingerbread house. Aaron helped me this year and we did two. He kept saying "I too tired you do it" but happily ate the lollies as I went along. I look at it as $10 of lovely perfumed Christmas decoration and table centre on Christmas day and edible lollies. Our Aussie kids find it is too spicey. Lov aaj

Lea said...

This post made me laugh. Bet it's yummy!

Charlotte said...

What an awesome idea! I lol-ed At your heart cut out episode! Hehehe! Too funny! It looks so yummy! Mum still has the gingerbread house I decorated at church 2 years ago cos she doesn't want to waste it by chucking it out! Lol! She'd never need to worry about wasting a chocolate house!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Could you hold the chocolate with tongs while you stick in together?