It doesn’t take an architect to build a sturdy and tasty gingerbread house, but if you have one on your construction team, it helps. Whether you choose to build a gingerbread house like the one that got Hansel and Gretel in so much trouble or prefer to re-create the features of a Greek revival antebellum plantation, you’ll be wise to start with a blue print, all the tools of the trade and a well-tested recipe.
"The Gingerbread Architect” by Susan Matheson, an architect with a passion for baking and Lauren Chattman, a former pastry chef with a passion for architecture, is a good resource for the aspiring gingerbread homebuilder. The book contains recipes and blueprints for 12 classic American gingerbread homes.
"One of us lives in a turn-of-the-century city brownstone and the other in a modest Victorian farmhouse, so we started there, with two authentic house styles that we loved,” the pair wrote in the book’s introduction.
Whether you’re a beginner, like the third-grade students at Chisholm Elementary School in Edmond who built gingerbread homes last week, or you’re a former professional gingerbread contractor like Libby Payne of Oklahoma City who built gingerbread homes for fun and profit for years, there is a gingerbread blue print to match your ability in "The Gingerbread Architect.”
How many gingerbread men does it take to build a gingerbread house? The authors rank each project’s degree of difficulty — the Pueblo House is simple with a ranking of two gingerbread men.