Daring Baker's 'Gingerbread House made from scratch' challenge. This was hosted by Lemonpi and Very Small Anna.
What an experience, never seen one before, so I'm thinking not too shabby eh! All right fine! Its not a house, its a Cozy Cottage!.
The challenge was to bake a gingerbread house, make your own dough, royal icing and/or sugar coating. The decorations could be from whatever you have or want :))
This is my first Gingerbread house making experience, I had heard of em' before, but I had actually never seen one before. So this was such a cool experience. Thank you for the Challenge. I used royal icing to stick the pieces together. The sugar syrup didn't work as well, so I just ended up using more of the royal icing.
Basically you make a gingerbread dough, unlike normal gingerbread cookies, reduce the sugars etc, so that it doesn't come out nice and crumbly or catch mold in warm and humid areas. All the sweet components are added through the icing, the decorations which are all edible. Unfortunately, I have tendinitis on both my hands and am not good at gripping decoration tubes for long to keep a steady hand. But my hubby helped me out with icing.
My husband and I worked on this together, he was super enthusiastic about this and wanted to help. Normally I don't like anyone in my space when I cook/bake. This time, I just couldn't say no :)) I think my husband enjoyed working on this more than me, while I had fun watching him play with the icing :))
This is a Christmas tree with white, green and red jelly beans for decoration. The house actually survived the night! I thought for sure with just an icing glue, it will fall/break down. I'd heard from the other Daring Bakers that sometimes the icing melts if its too warm.
Although it may not be the best one you saw, we certainly had a good time making it! The BEST part of the whole deal of course, was to break off pieces and eat em' up :)