Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Home For the Holidays

William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost
"And I had but one penny in the world.
Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread."

Today is the big reveal of the Daring Bakers Challenge for December...

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.

...It also just so happens to be
my birthday!

I've always admired gingerbread houses, and though every year I make gingerbread cookies, this was the first year I tackled the architecture of making my own gingerbread home.

Being that this was my first gingerbread adventure, I didn't stray too far from the traditional path of gumdrop city,.. however I am very eager to start a new December tradition and in doing so explore the outer regions of edible countryside.

I have to admit - I cheated; I used my own gingerbread recipe, but it is the best. It doesn't shrink or swell, and hardens perfectly if overcooked just slightly.
Nails and Plaster: Royal Icing
Roof and Shingles: Striped Shortbread Cookies
Gutters: Mini Gummy Bears
Down Spout: Lemonheads
Front Door: Granola Bar
Door Knob: Mini Gummy Bear
Path to Backyard: Hershey's Chocolate Pieces
Window Awnings: White Chocolate Chips
Bushes and Trees: Green Gumdrops
Interior Lights shining through the windows - Pixie Stix
Outdoor Paint: Sprinkles
Outdoor Lights: Sour Fruit Stripes
Ice: Corn Syrup
Snow: Sugar and Coconut

My birthday wish would be to live in this adorable edible house; if only...

25 Sweet Talkers:

tonic said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I was wondering where that last half of the roof cookie went, and my suspicions were confirmed in the pic of you munching away. Well done, your gingerbread house turned out really well! :-)

Rochelle said...

Lovely Birthday "cake" you've made for yourself. I bet it tastes great!

Dorothy said...

Sweet gingerbread house! Love the picture of you taking that dainty bite :D

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful birthday treat, I hope you had a great day! Your house looks lovely!

Barbara Bakes said...

Happy Birthday! I hope it's a sweet one! Wish you a house of your dreams soon!

Karlie said...

Happy Birthday!! I have something to drop off for you, but I don't have your address....and are you off facebook???? I'll try to drop it by another time, hope you had a great day, and an awesome Christmas

Lisa said...

Kitty, your gingerbread house is gorgeous! Would you believe I ordered almost $60.00 of special candy for mine?? Ack, it better turn out! That said, I mentioned you in my last entry, and want to 1) Thank you again for selecting me to participate in your blogiversary, and 2) Wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday!

BTW, you look so cute building your house :)

Karen @ Citrus and Candy said...

My dream would be to also live in your house too. And snacking on that delicious roof :P

Jill said...

Happy Birthday! I love the gumdrop trees and the cookie roof. :)
Merry Christmas!!

Jo said...

Happy birthday and great job on your gingerbread house. Wishing you a happy new year as well.

Y said...

Merry Christmas AND Happy Birthday! Great job with the house! The roof looks especially edible! YUM.

Barbara said...

Really neat gingerbread house! I love this challenge and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
And Happy Birthday!

BakingLady said...

Aww :] I love your hair, Its so pretty! & that house looks delicious ;9

-Emily (

Wic said...

adorably house, love the details. and I am sure this was a lovely birthday.

Iris said...

Happy birthday! What a lovely house! I always enjoy seeing what the Daring Bakers come up with!

callmecupcake said...

The cookies on the roof are great! Edible shingles! :-)

Happy belated birthday!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Wow, what an impressive house!
Ours wasn't even half that creative... we only used smarties and some sprinkles :)

Happy New Year!!


Connie said...

I hope you had a great birthday! Your gingerbread house is so original and sweet!

Pamela said...

Love your gingerbread house!! Looks amazing and what a great design with perfect candy addition. I would love to live in an edible house too!!

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