Today is the big reveal of the Daring Bakers Challenge for December…
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’ve always admired gingerbread houses, and though every year I make gingerbread cookies, this was the first year I tackled the architecture of making my own gingerbread home.
Being that this was my first gingerbread adventure, I didn’t stray too far from the traditional path of gumdrop city,.. however I am very eager to start a new December tradition and in doing so explore the outer regions of edible countryside.
I have to admit – I cheated; I used my own gingerbread recipe, but it is the best. It doesn’t shrink or swell, and hardens perfectly if overcooked just slightly.
Nails and Plaster: Royal Icing
Roof and Shingles: Striped Shortbread Cookies
Gutters: Mini Gummy Bears
Down Spout: Lemonheads
Front Door: Granola Bar
Door Knob: Mini Gummy Bear
Path to Backyard: Hershey’s Chocolate Pieces
Window Awnings: White Chocolate Chips
Bushes and Trees: Green Gumdrops
Interior Lights shining through the windows – Pixie Stix
Outdoor Paint: Sprinkles
Outdoor Lights: Sour Fruit Stripes
Ice: Corn Syrup
Snow: Sugar and Coconut