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An edible table centrepiece
Edible table decorations not only look the part and provide a talking point, they have the added advantage of providing something for your guests to nibble on if you are delayed by a disaster in the kitchen. Our favourite festive centrepiece is this Gingerbread Forest, which is simple to make and something you can involve the kids in creating.
Make frosting by whisking 1 egg white until foamy but not stiff, then adding ¾ teaspoon of cream of tartar; beat until stiff. Add 1-2 cups of icing sugar, a little at a time, mixing well after each addition to make a stiff paste.
To assemble, slide the large 3D panels together, shaving the slots with a sharp knife if tight. For the minis, join 2 cut edges together with frosting, place a third at a right angle to the join. When firm, position a fourth on the opposite side, secured with frosting. Brush edges of trees with liquid glucose or sugar syrup, and pour over sprinkles. Spread frosting on plate to resemble snow, then dust with icing sugar before placing trees in position. Decorate with added lollies, if desired.
Snowy Gingerbread Forest