December 27, 2009

DB Gingerbread House

The December 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to you by Anna of Very Small Anna and Y of Lemonpi. They chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ everywhere to bake and assemble a gingerbread house from scratch. They chose recipes from Good Housekeeping and from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book as the challenge recipes.

I love making a yearly gingerbread house. As it was the designated Daring Baker challenge I made changes to my typical gingerbread MO. I tried the recipe that came from Y of Lemonpi because it was less like the recipes I've tried in the past. I liked how sturdy the gingerbread was but found it got very brittle on the second day. This made for some breakage when I was assembling but I did my best to repair and move on. Instead of the little cottage design I normally make, I attempted to copy a house from a photo I found online that had a more complicated roof. I managed it but just barely. I think I need more than once a year practice to improve my technique. I glued the house together with sugar syrup and used the same syrup to form windows. Royal icing, some candy and I was done. I also made a couple of little dog houses and had my son Alex decorate them. This was a great challenge and I can't wait to get time to take a look at all the other Daring Baker houses.

Links:
-I used the recipe given by Y of Lemonpi which came from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice A. Ojakangas. Another option is the Spicy Gingerbread Dough recipe chosen by Anna of Very Small Anna. This recipe is available on Anna's blog as well as Good Housekeeping.com.
-To glue the house together and make the windows I followed the directions for Martha Stewart's caramel syrup
-My house pattern was based (loosely) on this Victorian cottage photo from Flickr
-I purchase CK royal icing mix from Candyland Crafts. I need a kid safe icing and in the past have found that powdered egg whites either taste metallic or have a off color. This icing mix solves both problems and works perfectly for me every time.
-Challenge yourself in the new year by becoming a Daring Baker, now no blog needed! Visit the Daring Kitchen for more information. There you can also check out all the other gingerbread goodness made this month by browsing the Daring Baker Blogroll.
-Go here to see my gingerbread house from last year

2009's gingerbread house
Alex's gingerbread dog house, he insisted on colored frosting

My cardboard gingerbread house patterns

29 comments:

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Your gingerbread house looks great! The dog house is cute, too. Love that you used the sugar syrup to make windows... I will definitely give that a try next time!

Nanc Twop said...

Looks good enough to eat!

;-)

Jill said...

I love your Victorian Cottage!! Especially the blue door! :)

chef_d said...

Very pretty Victorian cottage, I think I might give it a try next year--it's a bit complicated for a first time gingerbread house maker like me :) the blue door is so eyecatching

Michelle Dargen said...

Oh my gosh! So very, very cute! I love the dog house too!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a pretty house! Very well done!

Best wishes for 2010!

Cheers,

Rosa

Lauren said...

Oh my! I love your cardboard mock-up, and the final product is perfection =D. Wonderful job!

chriesi said...

Absolutely lovely!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

OMG I love the cardboard patterns! Your house is lovely, I really like the shape of it. And the little one that your son made is pretty cool too. Happy new year by the way!

sweetakery said...

Very pretty Victorian cottage! fabulous! great work!

Suzana said...

Your house is awesome! I love the decorations -- so cute!

Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2010. :)

Jo said...

Absolutely stunning gingerbread house. Love the colours and decoration. Happy holidays as well.

Angela said...

I love that you were brave enough to make your own pattern and your finished house looks just as neat as the pattern! I love the bright blue welcoming door.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Lovely, Maggie! I'm always astonished by those who can put together gingerbread houses. My patience is far too limited.

bittersweetblog said...

Wow! Your house is not only adorable, but so well thought out... Assembling your stencil like that is a very good idea. Especially love the blue door- It really "pops." :)

Hope you had a very happy holiday!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Nice job! I love it!

minisuperbias said...

This is really beautiful, I'm impressed how much it looks like the picture!

Alisa said...

Wow, fantastic job!

Pam said...

Great job!

kellypea said...

Perfect job on those cardboard patterns. Love the roof line on your gingerbread house and the dog house is precious!

Gulmohar said...

awww what a cute gingerbread house..loved the dog house too..Terrific job !

glamah16 said...

Very well exceuted. Beautiful job.Happy New Year Maggie.

lisa said...

Your house looks great! I've never made one, but maybe next year. The dog house is so cute too.

culinography said...

This is lovely... and even your cardboard pattern is impressive!! Beautifully done!

Erica said...

Cute house, Maggie! Happy new year!

lisamichele said...

What an absolutely beautiful victorian gingerbread house - it looks so cosy and I love the bright blue door. Have a wonderful New Year!

Jonna said...

The shape of your house is great and the decorations are cute too!! Well done!

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debbie said...

Stumbled into your blog while working on my online degree and i am loving it.