Gingerbread became widely available in the 18th century. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gingerbread).
I've never made a gingerbread house before but I've always liked the idea of making one. I associate gingerbread houses with scandinavia and an idyllic Christmas with snow and delicious food.
The gingerbread I used for my house I bought at IKEA and came in a little packet. It said you didn't need to add anything and that you could just put it together, but that wasn't the case.
I added two egg-whites and 500 gram icing and mixed them togheter to make 'snow' and glue for the house.
I decorated the windows, the door and the roof with green and white icing and added some colourful sprinkles to make it even more festive.
I used a piping bag for the white icing and made it seem like the house was covered in snow.
Finally I glued the different parts of the house together and supported it for a minute or so with my hands.
And there it is, the final result! I'm incredibly happy with how my first ever gingerbread house looks!