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Ladyfinger hut

Ladyfinger hut

There hut of ladyfingers, more than a real recipe, it is an idea to create a centerpiece that is delightful to the eye and to the palate, to spend a cheerful afternoon with children or friends, to create a themed decoration for your home during the holiday season ... The process, although a bit long, is very simple and looking at the step by step photos you will have no problem building your cabin. Essentially this is a super easy and speeded up version of the classic gingerbread house. No dough to be made, however, except the royal ice, nor cooking times: we go directly to the construction of the house. In short, if you have always wanted to try to make a gingerbread house but have always been afraid of failing, now you can start trying your hand at the simplest ladyfinger hut;) I will reveal a trick: you can flavor the ice with ginger and cinnamon, if you want, or sprinkle some together with decorative icing sugar, in order to give an even more Christmas flavor to your house;)


How to make the ladyfingers hut

First of all, prepare the royal icing: pour the egg whites into a bowl, add a few drops of lemon and start whipping with whips.
When the egg whites begin to whisk, start adding the sugar a little at a time, continuing to work until you get a smooth and compact glaze.

Transfer the ice to a sac-à-poche.
Create the front and back parts of the house by joining 8 ladyfingers together by placing the ice on the wide side and stacking them.

Similarly, prepare the two side walls, but stack only 5 ladyfingers instead of 8.
Then move on to the roof: in this case, you have to join 6 ladyfingers, but joining them with the ice from the narrowest side, vertically (looking at the photo it is clearer).

When all the pieces are ready, let them dry overnight.

Shape the front of the house: with a hacksaw knife, cut the 3 ladyfingers at the top diagonally to create the shape for the roof.
Then make a central opening, which will be the door of the hut, by cutting out the 4 ladyfingers at the bottom.

As you did for the front side, cut the back part diagonally too (in this case, of course, you don't need the door).
Keep the cut parts: later you will use some to create the chimney of the cabin.

When you have all the pieces ready, proceed with the assembly.

Place the back of the house on the work surface, put some ice on the side ends, stopping at the roof.
Do the same with the front side.
Then join the two sides by adding the 2 smaller pieces (of 5 ladyfingers) that you have built as side walls.

Your cabin is starting to take shape, but for now it still looks like a dilapidated cottage: it's time to add the roof.
Put some icing on the diagonally cut sides of the front and rear facades and lean on the two sides of the roof (those with the 6 ladyfingers placed vertically instead of flat).
Use more ice to join the two sides of the roof at the top of the house.
Finally, recover a piece of the ladyfingers cut diagonally and use it to create the chimney pot, always attaching it to the roof with the ice.

All you need is the final touch: decorate the front facade with star anise (stick it on top of the roof with a little royal icing) and sprinkle everything with a little icing sugar.
Let it rest for another 2 hours, so that the ice hardens, then bring the ladyfinger hut to the table and amaze all your guests!