I was a little daunted my the time it might take to bake and construct my first gingerbread house, so decided to try this out in the Christmas break, when I'd be able to give it full attention. Rather than plan it myself, I put it on my wish list, asking not for a pre-baked kit, but a recipe and decorations so I could work from scratch. My family were kind to me, and on Christmas day I received print outs of the BBC GoodFood Simple Gingerbread House, pre-cut templates, a baseboard, and a tub of all the sweets needed for decoration. What I didn't get included on the print out was the many helpful comments from other home bakers that have tried this recipe. These I only found after completing my house.
silicone piping set from Lakeland. I find it easy to load, and clean. I use bag clips to keep things in place.
I'm not sure about my bug-eye gingerbread zombies. They are a bit scary.
I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge, and the gingerbread is delicious, though I had not anticipated to spend quite so long.
If you want to tackle your own masterpiece I recommend viewing Gingerbread Source for inspiration.