Gingerbread....

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by jolie4686, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. jolie4686

    jolie4686

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    I am making a grandfather clock out of gingerbread for a competition and i have about two weeks left to get it done. I planned to put lights in it but i am afraid it will melt my sugar. I also have a fondant clock face. Any suggestions on lights that wont melt my piece or should i just veto the idea completely. Also every time i go to pour the sugar windows it breaks my gingerbread and the sugar usually breaks as well.  I have made the piece five times and only twice i have even gotten it to the sugar windows stage without having to start over.... Im not going to give up but i have no ideas left on what to do.... I need help any and all advice is much appreciated.
     
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    Usually in gingerbread competitions everything must be edible. Putting lights in a gingerbread piece would in many cases disqualify you.

    For the windows I suggest pouring your molten sugar onto a template first, then after they are cooled and brittle, gently place them on the gingerbread using a cornstarch, sugar, water mixture as cement.
     
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    we have 80% edible and 20% non-edible, im just concerned that the heat from the lights would melt my sugar and my fondant face.
     
  4. kyheirloomer

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    Try using LED lights. That's what the pros do, because they throw off a lot of light without generating a lot of heat.
     
  5. foodpump

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    Use gelatin sheets for the widows............

    A lot of pros glue their gingerbread onto 1/4" hardboard.  It won't sag..........
     
  6. jolie4686

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    i thought about using gelitan sheets but my window is to big for the sheets, my window us 1' by 5". The sugar works great for one the bit window but the one thats a 5in square i cant seem to get thin\clear enough to see the clock behind. I ended up cutting a hole in the sugar and making it look like it was snowing.... not what i wanted but it works. I have till the tenth to finish up any and all ideas are appreciated.