On the last day of the year I bring you this month’s Daring Bakers challenge 🙂 A challenge much to my liking I must say: making of a gingerbread house. A tradition that is not Dutch (or Croatian) at all. I very much enjoyed making the model, and decorating and constructing the house (even though my dough didn’t roll out very well as it kept cracking and I burnt my finger during construction with caramel).
After reading on the DB forum that one of the given recipes turned out very dry I checked the cup and metric measurements. There was a big difference between the amount of flour in cups and grams. I went with the cup measurements which was 200 g less flour than the metric measurement. Even though the dough was not really dry it didn’t became a whole. Could be because part of the flour I used was not very finely ground. An hour after making the dough I realized that I forgot to add the baking soda… oops! Didn’t think it would be a problem and maybe even an advantage as it wouldn’t puff up. Rolling out the dough (after another knead to make it come together a little more) couldn’t be done without the dough cracking. After baking the texture/look of the gingerbread was a bit odd and besides that it shrunk but the cookie was sturdy and kept its shape beautifully.
For decoration I went with natural items like almonds, pink peppercorns and pumpkin seeds. The icing is an egg white free icing that I’ve used before and like working with. It doesn’t dry up rock hard but hard enough imo.
Instead of decorating the roof after baking I used a small circular cutter to imprint the tiles for the roof. The imprints stayed exactly like they were after baking.
I assembled the house with hot caramel…always tricky to work with without burning oneself 😉
I loved doing this challenge and will be making a gingerbread house next year as well 🙂
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!
The December 2009 Daring Bakersâ€™ challenge was brought to you by Anna of Very Small Anna and Y of Lemonpi. They chose to challenge Daring Bakersâ€™ 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.