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Agent Orange | | Dec 3, 2007 06:10 PM

So, over Christmas break I'm planning on making a gingerbread house. I've never baked or assembled gingerbread before, but I don't want to make the traditional gabled cottage. I am an architecture drop-out, and can't stop thinking about combining my passions of cooking and design. Specifically I want to build a model of the Schröder House in Utrecht, Netherlands designed by Gerrit Rietveld. Maybe an architecture buff knows what I'm talking about. The house is early modern (1920s) and is an example of cubism in architecture. (Think of a Piet Mondrian-designed flat.)

The house itself will require at least two shades of gingerbread, one of typical medium-brown shade and another much lighter. Can I get away with significantly reducing the molasses in the gingerbread and replacing with honey?

I'd love to have your favorite gingerbread recipes and baking and construction tips. In typical modernist fashion, the house has little ornamentation so I don't plan on decorating with candy canes and gumdrops. The only distinctive elements of the structure are its horizontal, black metal railings; thin, colorful columns; and black-framed windows. If anyone has any edible ideas on how to create this structural elements I'd appreciate the input greatly.

Just for reference for anyone who might be curious, here's a link to the building:

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