Gingerbread geekery is now firmly established as a Christmas tradition (three iterations and all that Christmas jazz), but after last year's star destroying success, we (Silje, Tor & I, with the occasional encouraging noises from Karoline & Anja) thought we'd change the direction ever so slightly this year. We hereby include Doctor Who in the box labelled "Christmas worthy".the TARDIS and Daleks.
Still a bit bruised by the utter gingerbread dough disaster that was 2012, we bought the dough ready made this year as well, but that does not mean there was no work involved. While Tor may have been the brains of the operation, I want it noted that I was the muscle.
The TARDIS was surprisingly simple to make (we assume the "bigger on the inside" happens once decorations are complete), the only caveat being that you must divide the doors before the gingerbread has cooled.
The great side-effect of having to cut the gingerbread after the baking is that you are left with gingerbread sticks which you can eat to keep the blood sugar up and the atmosphere friendly (or to stave off hungry relatives intent on just tasting a piece of the time-travelling police box, thereby saving both the TARDIS and the universe).Death Star to cautiously attempt something vaguely rounded again, we decided to make Daleks to accompany the TARDIS (Christmas is all about tension between mortal enemies, after all).
Because we know gingerbread does not naturally form curves, we reached for an egg (or, rather, three). Two of these are cut in half (a very delicate process, as you can imagine) in order to serve as support during the baking, the third is kept whole for shaping purposes --
If you accidentally make a Playmo head, that is not a problem: the baking process is the great equaliser, and it will come out looking like a bit of a shapeless blob no matter what you do. That is what knives are for.
Here are some pictures of Dalek parts pre-assembly.
Once all sides are assembled (we did it with one door slightly ajar), place the roof, and an additional (slightly smaller) top.
You may now poke it gently to make sure it is sturdy enough to survive an attack by Daleks. If it survives, assemble said fiends.
You may notice the recourse to the tried and tested
The base assembled, add two circular sections before affixing the eye-stalk (the latter, lacking a more technological variant, may be created by dipping one of the left-over gingerbread sticks in cooling caramel.
If you are not yet cowering in fear, however, that would be because it is currently missing any offensive capabilities. Also, it is rather cute.
To remedy one of these things, affix a Gelé topp to a toothpick, and add another toothpick to the mix.
Step back. Approve. Or run screaming.
Tor proved his mettle in the mixing: We got icing you could actually write with (not to mention, fasten things with!). It is like a Christmas miracle.
It didn't help.
We lost of whole bag full of men to these cold-hearted (though adorable) killing machines. The only survivors are two souls who made it to the TARDIS just in time.
Hopefully the Doctor will come looking for his box and save us along the way.