With it now turning the time of year to create gingerbread houses, I thought I would share our simple, fun and safe version. The pictures are of the wonderful houses the girls' made last year.
To make the houses easier and faster to get to the fun of decorating, we used graham crackers. I used hot glue to attach the crackers together because I knew we wouldn't be eating them and I wanted them very sturdy. Then I made a thick paste of confectioner's sugar and soy milk. The girls spread on some of the paste then put on the safe candy. We used licorice to cover the slight opening made where the graham crackers didn't quite come together. The girls spread some more of the paste on the bottom of the paste and sprinkled on flaked coconut to make the snow. They attached a homemade decorated cut-out sugar cookie tree in the yard. For a finishing touch, the girls made snowmen using the paste to stick together the marshmallow body. They used Dots candy for the hat, a folded fruit roll-up scarf and potato stick arms.
* One note, this paste will stiffen and hold the candies, but we had the most success with the lighter candies. The heavier candies wanted to slide. As long as the girls were patient, they worked and turned out beautifully.
My daughter, Jazlyn, is anaphylactic to egg, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts. When she was first diagnosed, I found it very difficult to find recipes and foods that didn't taste like "allergy" food. Over the last 12 years I have had a lot of fun developing and changing recipes so that they are safe for her. I love to share my recipes so that other families can realize how yummy "allergy" foods can taste. You don't have to sacrifice taste or your favorite foods, you just have to rethink how to make them. I made a promise to Jazzy that I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try. So far I have been able to keep that promise. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as we do.