Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Gingerbread

My inbox has recently been flooded with emails asking for the template and step-by-step instructions of this gingerbread house, an old post from December of last year. Regrettably, I do no longer have the templates of any gingerbread houses I made over the years, including those of the London iconic buildings, simply because I give them away after using them. I had no plans of reusing them again as I always make something new every year.

So, my big apologies to anyone who contacted me. Let me just quickly explain how I made the Globe Theatre gingerbread. To start with, and this applies to any gingerbread I wanted to make, I always look for photos of the structure I want to copy, then draw them on a piece of paper — must be precise in dimension — then cut them, make necessary adjustments, and finally transfer them on to a cardboard. I then assemble them together using a washi tape. This is a very important process to make sure that all the pieces perfectly fit together. For the gingerbread itself, I use a recipe I’ve posted here. I prefer to use melted sugar as glue but if that doesn’t work for you then an icing sugar with egg white is a good substitute but it takes several hours to dry.  To achieve the brownish colour I simply add cocoa powder to the icing. For the Globe Theatre I used icing sugar because it was a little project I did with my goddaughter Anisa. It is not ideal to use melted sugar with kids around.

I failed to document the whole process but here’s a few photos that will give you an idea how I did it. Please email me if you got any other questions.

GlobeTheatreGingerBreadGlobeTheatreGingerBread1GlobeTheatreGingerBread2GlobeTheatreGingerBread4GlobeTheatreGingerBread3Candy canes were used as pillars to hold the weight of the roof.

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My beautiful goddaughter, Anisa, resting from her ‘piping job’ 😉 and posing for a photo while waiting for the icing to dry.

We made this back in December of 2012. Anisa came over to our flat and we did it for a few hours in a couple of days.

GlobeTheatreGingerBreadAnisa&I2012Little Anisa and I at the Globe Theatre many years ago, long before we made this gingerbread. Now she’s almost as tall as me and I’m afraid she’ll be taller than me in a year or two! 🙂

GlobeTheatreGingerBread14We were happy to showcase the gingerbread at our church’s fellowship hall on Christmas Day 2012.

The Big Ben gingerbread house deserves a post for another day. 🙂

 

Note:

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a mini-gingerbread-village.

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