Bake Your House And Eat It Too

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 wondered how awesome it would be to find a gingerbread house like Hansel and Gretel did…a house made of every conceivable goody. A house you you just eat off….
well, this months challenge is just that and Boy! was I excited!

The possibilities were endless.

Sadly , my kitchen had to be demolished for some renovation work..and i was left space-less…..
I finally made my gingerbread house in the balcony..but it was so windy the roof kept falling off…and all the decorations kept getting squashed and splattered ….
anyway here’s my gingerbread house…its extremely untidy and messy..but under the circumstances..it was all i could do……

Before i give you the recipe…Let me wish u all very Happy Holidays!!!!!!

Y’s Recipe:
Scandinavian Gingerbread (Pepparkakstuga)
from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice Ojakangas
http://astore.amazon.com/thedarkit-20/detail/0816634963

The dough was very stiff and i had to add water to soften it a bit. But the good thing is that it freezes well.

1 cup butter, room temperature [226g]
1 cup brown sugar, well packed [220g]
2 tablespoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ cup boiling water
5 cups all-purpose flour [875g]

1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until blended. Add the cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix the baking soda with the boiling water and add to the dough along with the flour. Mix to make a stiff dough. If necessary add more water, a tablespoon at a time. Chill 2 hours or overnight.

2. Cut patterns for the house, making patterns for the roof, front walls, gabled walls, chimney and door out of cardboard.

3. Roll the dough out on a large, ungreased baking sheet and place the patterns on the dough. Mark off the various pieces with a knife, but leave the pieces in place.

4. [I rolled out the dough on a floured bench, roughly 1/8 inch thick (which allows for fact that the dough puffs a little when baked), cut required shapes and transferred these to the baking sheet. Any scraps I saved and rerolled at the end.]

5. Preheat the oven to 375’F (190’C). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cookie dough feels firm. After baking, again place the pattern on top of the gingerbread and trim the shapes, cutting the edges with a straight-edged knife. Leave to cool on the baking sheet.

Royal Icing:

1 large egg white
3 cups (330g) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon almond extract

Beat all ingredients until smooth, adding the powdered sugar gradually to get the desired consistency. Pipe on pieces and allow to dry before assembling. If you aren’t using it all at once you can keep it in a small bowl, loosely covered with a damp towel for a few hours until ready to use. You may have to beat it slightly to get it an even consistency if the top sets up a bit. Piped on the house, this will set up hard over time.

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35 Comments

  1. That’s a very beautiful gingerbread house! Love the cookies on the roof!

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  2. Love those little hearts on the roof. I totally chickened out of this one!

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  3. A delectable edible abode,love the sweet hearts.Best wishes for 2010 😀

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  4. OOOh, what a wonderful, sweet, gingerbread house. Love those shingles! Way to perservere.

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  5. I love the roof design… I can never begin to attempt something as difficult as a gingerbread house 🙂

    I have come across this book in the blogosphere lots of times in the past few days… I must read it 🙂

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  6. I was not very daring this month, so skipped the challenge. You did great! Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!

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  7. Awwww… so sweet! That is one cute little house.

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  8. whoa, talk about perseverance! you were sans kitchen and had to work on the balcony! mad props to you because you did that and because your house is gorgeous. i love love love the roof details.

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  9. wow, really amazing! love the rooftop and the icicles! I can’t believe you made with a renovating kitchen! You really are a baking master, girl!

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    • Thanks PJ..and thanks Yamini..yes it did make for some interesting reading…
      Happy New Year to all…

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  10. Love reading you interesting and original blog. Rita

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  11. love the roof top….it must have been a lot of work to make that house. Happy holidays to you too.

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  12. What a beautiful house…The roof looks perfect with the little hearts 😀 Cool !!! Hope you had a wonderful X’mas 🙂

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  13. Great work S..Lovely and beautiful house..Happy holidays yaar!

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  14. That surely is a lovely bake dear.

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  15. Ginger bread house looks superb!
    http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  16. I love that you used lil hearts for the roof. Neat!

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  17. Great job S! Lovely house. I can see your efforts here.
    Happy holidays to you too. 🙂

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  18. Without a kitchen THIS is what you created? I can’t wait to see what you come up with in your new kitchen! The roof is brilliant!

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  19. I agree with everyone else. Love the roof detail with the hearts not to mention the dripping icicles.
    Happy holidays to you too.

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  20. sanil

     /  December 27, 2009

    hey when can i move into that house? 🙂 very cool i say. way to go.

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  21. Knusper, knusper, knäuschen wer knuspert an meinem Häuschen as the witch used to say when Hänsel and Gretel nibbled on her house! 😉

    Very nice Gingerbread house, good job!

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  22. I don’t know what you are talking about because that house looks gorgeous! Are you sure you weren’t an architect in a former life?

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  23. What a nice looking gingerbread house, i wish i can eat all those cookies on the roof 🙂

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  24. You made that !!!! Wow !!!

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  25. What a pretty house! You didi a great job!

    Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2010!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  26. Chitchat

     /  December 27, 2009

    Hey, your house is superb as ever. I got carried away by the roof. Loved the write-up. You have a lovely space with interesting recipes. New year wishes to you too.

    Chitchat
    http://chitchatcrossroads.blogspot.com/

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  27. That looks fantastic! Love the heart shaped cookies as tiles 😀

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  28. Wow! You made this even without a kitchen? Stellar effort, it looks very festive. Happy holidays to you and best wishes for the New Year 🙂

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  29. Love the biscuits on the roof. Very cute! Happy holidays!

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  30. I love the rooftop! It’s a delicious looking house. Happy holidays!

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  31. Adorable house! I love the roof – what great detail!

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  32. Oh wow, what are those amazing cookie things on your roof? Never seen them before but suddenly I REALLY want to eat your roof. Ok honestly, I just to eat your whole house right now. 🙂

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  33. Inspite of your lack of kitchen space and a windy balcony, your house looks just right. Love the idea of using sweethearts on the roof. 🙂

    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a very Happy New Year!

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  34. tastyeatsathome

     /  December 27, 2009

    I love your icing icicles! Lovely house, looks scrumptious.

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