For years before my sisters starting getting married, having babies and spending Christmas with their in-laws, we made gingerbread houses together. We did all of it: made the gingerbread dough, baked all the pieces, assembled the house, and decorated the house using nothing but edible candies, chocolate, etc. We would spend the days before Christmas, and sometimes a day or two afterward, perfecting the house and adding more detail. It was so much fun.
So, I was pretty excited about this challenge. When I really started to think about it, I got a little sad. I had no one to help me! No one to stay up til 2 am with, piping icing on gingerbread cars to put in the gingerbread carport. No one to spend hours with, piping icicles on the eaves. To make things even more difficult, we’re going out of town for the holidays so no one is really going to see it. My great excitement for my gingerbread house was dwindling.
Despite my negativity toward this challenge, I was determined to complete it. I am glad I did, because I ended up having a fun time despite the fact that my house looks like a bunch of 3-year olds decorated it for me. Merry Christmas!
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.