Gingerclay is an edible sculpting medium used in gingerbread house craft. It was first invented in 2008 by champion gingerbread architect, Pat Ashley Howard. Scroll down to see some of the patterns and designs she achieved using this clever medium.
Gingerclay Ingredients & Steps
- Gingerbread cookie powder
- Gum arabic powder
Gingerclay is made by pulverizing baked gingerbread cookie pieces into a fine powder (an excellent way to re-purpose scraps). The cookie dust is then mixed with a small amount of gum arabic powder, which acts as a binder and strengthener. Just enough water is added to hydrate the dough until the desired consistency is achieved. Gingerclay does not need to be baked. Air-drying it is the best way to preserve the shapes and details. When more elasticity is desired, it may be combined with gumpaste.
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