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 (Beatrice Ojakangas) as the challenge recipes.
As you can see, I made a Chanukah house . . .
I made my own template and used the recipe from Beatrice Ojakangas’s book (love her books!).
I used the sugar syrup to glue together the pieces. Working with the hot syrup was a little more dangerous than just using the royal icing, but I figured it would set up much faster and save me grief in the long run.
I had never made a gingerbread house before (gingerbread men, yes, but a house, no). This was an interesting experience.
I decorated the house with Leiber’s Aleph Bet cookies. I highlighted the letters with food coloring to make them stand out. The front of the house has the letters that appear on the four sides of the dreidel: Nun, Gimmel, Hey, Shin. This is an acronym for Nes Gadol Haya Sham: A Great Miracle Happened There. I spelled out this phrase on the side of the house.
Mostly, my family was baffled, perplexed, and bemused by my gingerbread house. I left it at my parents house, and I think they are still picking off pieces of candy and cookies. I think . . .
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