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Salvaged Gingerbread House: December Daring Bakers

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.

I had a bit of a disaster with my house. Everything was going fine until the dough came out of the oven. In retrospect I should have realised that gluten-free flour would have been more prone to crumbling and therefore not ideal for creating a solid structure. Nonetheless I still had pieces big enough to create a small, minimalist version of my original plan and, I quite like it 🙂

I used the cut out ginger cookie recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar.



  Y wrote @

Bummer about the gluten free flour creating a bit of havoc to the first draft of your house. What you ended up looks very cute though. Just wondering, what are the white/red shards on the roof and ground? Is it thin royal icing?

  Papilles au nature wrote @

Thank you! The red is just plain old icing and the white is rice paper 🙂

  Francijn Brouwer wrote @

However, you tried and built a house. Congratulations on completing this challenge! And I bet it tasted well enough!

  Karen wrote @

Despite the mishaps with the flour, you did a great job! I love the red roof, and is that a red toffee doorway? Love it 🙂

  amber wrote @

What a cute little house! Genius to use rice paper… 🙂 Nice work!

  culinography wrote @

You pulled it off in spite of it all! That’s the sign of a true daring baker!

  Lauren wrote @

I’m sorry the gluten free flours didn’t work wonderfully, but the house looks fantastic! I love the red icing – so fun =D.

  Jill wrote @

Such a cute little house! Even with your troubles, it still turned out cute. 🙂

  Aparna wrote @

In my book you’re the stuff that makes a true Daring Baker. I know difficult it can be,doing alternative baking.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a very Happy New Year!

  BitterSweet wrote @

Aw, sorry to hear that things didn’t go as planned, but great work sticking to it and still coming up with a gluten-free gingerbread house to share for this challenge! 🙂

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