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Friday, December 25, 2009

A Condemned Gingerbread House - The Daring Baker's Challenge


Twas the night before Christmas when I decided to complete the Daring Baker’s Challenge...I had made the gingerbread dough the day before...very delicious from Martha Stewart and chilled it in the fridge. I cut out my templates for the Swedish gingerbread House and felt good about the challenge. My gingerbread house was going to be beautiful! I rolled out the dough, cut out the pieces and baked them...so far so good. I decorated the walls and the roof and front door before assembling...and then ...everything went downhill. I decided to change the look of the windows so started cutting into the baked/cooled gingerbread... cracks started forming. I still thought it would be ok because I made a sugar syrup that was like superglue and everything would hold together.


Before I forget...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.

The rules were simple: free standing, everything edible, no graham crackers – we had to bake our own gingerbread and use templates to cut it out.



Now let’s continue...it was Christmas Eve and I called on Dan because I needed a second pair of hands to help me support the structure. I held one wall while Dan moved the front wall – with a few cracks – (I thought it had character) to join to it. He was ready for me to paint on the sugar syrup to hold it together. In my defence, I really couldn’t see with all the gingerbread stuff, hands etc in the way,  ---so...

Twas the night before Christmas and I heard a scream...it seemed in this challenge we weren’t a team. He jumped up and down and dropped the front wall, put his finger in his mouth and ran down the hall. His tongue was now burnt and I stood there concerned. He showed me his big blister and his tongue that was burned!





The house was in shambles!!!! Dan was injured and my gingerbread man was homeless....


We tried to piece the house together and even tried to prop it up with spice bottles.  Nothing! Nothing! was working out!  We laughed and laughed... and then piled up the pieces and Dan took a bite of the roof...



I failed this challenge and the gingerbread house was condemned, but it was fun all the same! 
SSSHHH don't tell anyone but  I am going to try it again..

Merry Christmas from all of us at SweetSadies!


Until we bake again

Penny

7 comments:

creampuff said...

Oh! I'd still live in your gingerbread house! Merry Christmas, sweetie!

Meredith said...

lol so funny- we ended up making one with Jacob from a kit - so glad we did =- we aren't nearly as talented bakers as you are - so if you had a hard time- yikes!!!!

Sounds like you had more of an adventure though.

Granako said...

I think all Gingerbread Houses end the same way... yours was just sooner;-)

Penny said...

You are all soooo kind! I will try again next year.

Dan said...

The look on Dan's face is priceless.

I'll help next year, but I'll be bringing my asbestos gloves.

Are you allowed to use a log-cabin-style design (with interlocking walls)?

Dan said...

It all seemed so simple, 4 walls and a roof. So simple......

Jennifer P said...

Really, they're made to be eaten. And like I said, you know better than to cut into cooling gingerbread!

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