Monday, December 28, 2009

Gingerbread House! ~ December’s Daring Bakers Challenge

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.

How fitting for the Holidays. How sad that I am typing this 25 minutes past the deadline. My excuse is that my mom surprised me from Bermuda!! What a great Christmas present to me! I love having her here. We have been hustling and bustling. However, I did manage to make and bake the gingerbread pieces 2 days before Christmas and on Christmas Eve two of my children decorated one while the youngest kept sneaking up to the table swiping candy!!


What stress having a 10 year old and 3 year old fight over what candy should go where!! But it was fun at the same time so I am seriously thinking of making it a Christmas tradition. My kids loved their house and so did I.


As you can see the kids really did a number on this one. I used royal icing for the adhesive and the bright colored candies are sour gummies. Along with the addition of some chocolate no name brand candy that was covered in colored shells and some traditional peppermint candy, sprinkles and coconut. The roof was also some type of thin coconut cookie I bought at the dollar store. (ayyy now…I am on a budget here:))

Truthfully, I did not use the recipes that were chosen by the Anna. Some where having issues with the dough being too dry. Since I was on time constraints I chose a recipe from Alison of Someone's in The Kitchen. She posted a recipe in the forum and it seemed like a win win. Please check out her houses of gingerbread. They really look awesome.

Okay, back to me. I finally squeezed in my house. I didn’t feel like making anymore Royal Icing so I worked with the little leftovers. My dream was to make some kind of winter wonderland. Running out of Royal made it into a Winter Wonder NOT.


Kinda blah. But I used some yogurt covered pretzels to make a fence and threw on some coconut and painted it with pearl luster dust.

My favorite part was molding the fondant for the snow lady and the trees. I did those a week in advance. Despite it not turning out how I envisioned…nor it looking as bright as the kids, I was happy.


Um…another confession. The arms on this snow lady (lets call her Frostina) are not quite edible. They are stems from a grape vine. That was the only thing I could find. I guess this disqualifies me eh?

Anyway, my challenge is complete. My kids were involved with this one and it was fun and festive. Thanks Anna and Y for a great challenge!!


  1. You and your kids did a great job on your houses--I especially love the snowlady and the trees. :)

  2. Cute houses! The snowman is adorable!

  3. They look so cute! Please do make the houses a holiday will be something that your kids will always remember. I'm glad you had success with the recipe. It's never let me down in all these years.

  4. You did a great job on your gingerbread house. It looks lovely and I really like the snowman.

  5. Your kids did a fantastic job! I love both of your houses - they're adorable!

  6. What pretty houses! I love the little snowlady and I think you'll get away with the grape stems ;)

  7. Wow! Great job Karin. The houses look great.

  8. That is so cute! You all did a great job on it. :-) Makes me kinda hungry. I seem drawn to what looks like mangoes in the background though. hehe