Sunday, December 27, 2009

Daring Bakers Challenge – 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.

All I can say about this challenge is I did it. I did it on a very small scale as I was short on time and as always, short on patience. I enjoyed making the dough and my tiny gingerbread house templates. I made a one-fourth recipe of dough as I was sure 9 cups of flour was more than I needed, and far more than my stand mixer could hold!

None of my house (bungalow) pieces were more than three inches.


Once cut, they baked for a few minutes.


The challenge was to build a house and get it to stand on its own. That much I accomplished. My frosting was quite stiff and gave me so much trouble as I was applying it to the walls. I did the best I could, summoning all my patience to hold the pieces until they became glued together. I bought a few different types of the typical gingerbread house decorations, and voila. Here you can see that my little house is smaller than a bottle of candy sprinkles.



Like I said, I didn’t create a masterpiece, but I did it.



You don’t have to leave a comment; I’m just posting cuz I gotta. I’m technically still on vacation a few more days, then I’ll be back with a vengeance showing off the new camera I got for Christmas!

29 comments:

snugglebunny said...

It may not be a big house, but it is a very cute little gingerbread house. And who says that a masterpiece has to be big. Yours is just the right size to make a nice table decoration.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

You did an awesome job- that's adorable!

Erin said...

Cute gingerbread house!

Catherine said...

Diann, I can tell this was a very frustrating challenge for you! I had many of those with the DBers, which is why I dropped. Props to you for sticking in there!

Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Oraphan said...

How adorable! You did such an awesome job, way to go!

Enjoy your vacation!

radioactivegan said...

Lol. I love the tiny house. You could let a family of lego men live in there ;)

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Ricki said...

Are you kidding me? That house looks amazing! I love that it was miniature (makes the decorations seem so much larger) ;) Congrats on the new camera--can't wait to see what you do with it!

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

You did it and it looks amazing! Good for you!

Andrea said...

You know the saying, "good things come in small packages!" So true.

Veg-a-Nut said...

I think your house is wonderful! New camera? So lucky so lucky so BLESSED. :o)

Amey said...

Diann!!!
I love love love your little gingerbread house. I really wanted to make a gingerbread house this year for some reason, and it never happened. I just think they're so fun and exciting. Maybe next year. In the meantime, I totally love yours!

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Erica said...

it's elf size!!! :D love it, Diann!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

It's gorgeous! I love the bright colors.

jessy said...

i absolutely love your gingerbread house, Diann! you rocked the socks off of the its decorations - it's sooooo super cute! i wish i had made one just like yours! enjoy the rest of the holidays! hugs to you!

Kiersten said...

How cute! You did a lovely job.

Happy Holidays Diann!

Michal said...

Thats super cute :) You did a really nice job!

River - The Crafty Kook said...

But Diann, it's so pretty! You are way too hard on yourself! You know what they say, good things come in small packages! :-)

Gelareh @ Orange Truffle said...

That looks amazing.. I have never made a ginger bread house!

Mihl said...

I need to safe this post for next year, your house looks so awesome now I want to bake one, too.

Happy New Year, Diann!

Jes said...

I think it's a fun gingerbread house, and that's really all that's important! Happy new year!

Lovliebutterfly said...

How cute! I managed halfway through the project but couldn't finish it. :( It's still there on my kitchen table... *sigh* I should have gone really small scale.

I love the decorations!

urban vegan said...

Sweet! Happy New Year!

Jamie said...

It's adorable!
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OMG!You are so great since you have made such cute and lovely small house.It's a masterpiece,I think.I wish I can make such a beautiful house by myself!

Hannah said...

Adorable little house, so colorful and cheerful. :)

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Cute gingerbread house!

Still Life in Southeast Asia said...

I think your little house is adorable and looks tasty, too.