Sunday, December 27, 2009

December Daring Baker Challenge: Gingerbread House

On the first of every month I get excited to go to the Daring Baker website to find out what the new challenge is. Every month I get excited over the new challenge. Every month I have lofty ideas of how I will complete the challenge. And every month I end up doing a mediocre job because I can't find the time to do what I really want to do with the challenge.

This month I had hoped would be different, but again I couldn't find the time to do the challenge the way I wanted. I was incredibly stoked that this months challenge was to make a gingerbread house from scratch. This is something I have always wanted to do and I was thrilled to have the push to do it this year. I wanted to do a Bavarian style gingerbread house to remind me of Germany. This is the first holiday season in 7 years that hasn't been spent overseas and I really do miss it.

Once again, though, I couldn't manage to bring my lofty goals to fruition. So, here is my gingerbread house, baked, assembled, and decorated in just a few hours. I put lederhosen on my gingerbread man to make it somewhat German, but he turned out creepy looking. Anya gladly bit off his head so we didn't have to look at him anymore!

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.


Katy ~ said...

I like it! And for a few hours work, it looks like what it is, a gingerbread house. I still haven't tried my hand at making one; you are lightyears ahead of me.

Wishing you the best of the season!

The McBride Family said...

Don't be so hard on yourself. I think it's adorable!!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

How cute!! You have lost sight of the purpose of the holiday gingerbread house (in my opinion). It is to bring fun, smiles and laughter to your family...I would say your gingerbread house was extremely successful on those counts, wouldn't you? Well done!!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

What is the address for the daring bakers web site? coleen(at) mtaonline(dot)net

HoneyB said...

Cristine, you did a wonderful job! I only did gingerbread houses with my kids once - and we used graham crackers...Maybe with grandchildren I will do an actual real house!

Ingrid said...

Kudos for even attempting to make one from SCRATCH during these insanely busy time of year.

LOL, I think it wild that Anya bite off your gingerbread man's head. :)

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