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 can't remember how many years I make the mistake of saying aloud, always in the company of either cynical DG or others, "I'm making a gingerbread house this year". I mean it when I say it . To me it seems something just for me, since I won't be giving it away as gifts or likely sharing it for its edible nature. Its a chance to play, have fun, put on some holiday movies or music, have the Christmas tree lit and perhaps even a glass of eggnog nearby. Whenever I think about it it sounds just perfect. After all I'm one of those people who loves Christmas. I love the ritualistic visit to the Christmas lot looking for just the right tree and the smell of it inside. I take out a lifetime of ornaments, recalling old friends, people no longer with us, or a special ornament I made when I was a child. I love the smell of mulled apple cider and fresh grated nutmeg in a glass of magically aged eggnog and I'm a sucker for Bing and Burl and Christmas choir music. Throw in White Christmas or Holiday Inn on the DVD player and I am in HEA VEN.
With all my grand plans, Christmas eve found me with a few partially iced walls of a colonial gingerbread house and not much more energy beyond that. But this year's gingerbread
house plans were a little different because this was to be a Daring
Bakers Challenge. When I found out December's challenge early in the
month I vowed that this would be the year I made one. Luckily posting between December 23 and 27 was allowed for this busy time of year. So around 6:00pm Christmas eve I abandoned my gingerbread house in favour of Christmas eve with DG and decided this gingerbread house would be completed on Boxing Day. After all why must Christmas be only 1 day.
I'm fairly happy with the results although there were a few technical issues, which have been covered up pretty well. I chose to make an iced version inspired by the decorated cookies I make often. The colours of the house are what I would like my house to be if I had one. I have always dreamed of a house with a curved top red door. The favourite parts are the roof tiles and the charming wreath I crafted with royal icing and tree shaped cookie/cake decorations.
I look forward to making one next year with that eggnog, Bing and my Christmas tree. Roof specialist DG will hopefully be available.
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The template for my colonial gingerbread house was found at none other than www.bobvilla.comThe perfect roof tiles were Thinsations Oreo cookies.