Sunday, December 27, 2009

Waiter, there’s a gingerbread house in my popcorn!

See what happens when you have very little time, a naked gingerbread house and a bowl of popcorn?

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 went with the recipe provided by Y, but I only did half of it.

Y's Recipe: Scandinavian Gingerbread (Pepparkakstuga) from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice Ojakangas
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature [226g]
  • 1 cup brown sugar, well packed [220g]
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour [875g]

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until blended. Add the cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix the baking soda with the boiling water and add to the dough along with the flour. Mix to make a stiff dough. If necessary add more water, a tablespoon at a time. Chill 2 hours or overnight. Cut patterns for the house, making patterns for the roof, front walls, gabled walls, chimney and door out of cardboard. Roll the dough out on a large, ungreased baking sheet and place the patterns on the dough. Mark off the various pieces with a knife, but leave the pieces in place. Preheat the oven to 375'F (190'C). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cookie dough feels firm. After baking, again place the pattern on top of the gingerbread and trim the shapes, cutting the edges with a straight-edged knife. Leave to cool on the baking sheet.

I knew I was not going to be able to do a very detailed decorated house, because of the busy holiday baking marathons I had to run... I knew I had to do something very simple... And that’s how this idea popped into my head: A popcorn house!

To make my popcorn house I’ve followed the recipe's instructions, did a simple template and baked the house pieces. Then I’ve popped my corn, did some caramel and used it to glue my popcorn to the walls of the house. I’ve also used the caramel to glue the house together. I’ve then completed the blank spaces where the walls where glued with some more popcorn strategically positioned. And that was it! Fast and fun, and if I may say myself, quite cute!

I think I'm gonna eat it while I watch a movie... And by the way, Happy Holidays everyone!

48 comments:

Dawn said...

you need to put a little figurine in there!! we need to make it a home! put like a little figurine of you in there. yeah! LOL

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Very cute!
I love popcorn!

Barbara said...

So clever! Bet nobody else in the challenge think of this one!

Anna said...

Awwwwww popcorn house! I love it! So fluffy and delicious :)

kellypea said...

Looks like a darling igloo! Very clever idea :)

natalia said...

Ciao ! I knew you were a genious !! Tanti auguri !

Katrina said...

Awesome originality! Love it, Rita! You never cease to amaze me. Happy New Year!

Adam said...

Yeah it's like the gingerbread man lives in some kind of cloud world... I think I saw something like this in Super Mario Bros back in the day :)

Hope you had a fantastic holiday, and you didn't eat toooo much!

Kat said...

That is so cool!

Y said...

What a great house! Perfect for a trip to the movies too - salty popcorn, then sweet gingerbread to finish! :D

Leslie said...

you always come up with the cutest and ingenious ideas!!

Lauren said...

So fun and delicious! Its perfect - the popcorn is like snowdrifts =D. I love it!

Jill said...

So cute! Love the popcorn idea!!

Maggie said...

It's adorable!! I wonder if you attached a hook and hung it outside would the birds eat the popcorn?

kristenly said...

wow very clever. well done on this challenge! :-)

ivorypomegranate said...

So clever, it creates such an interesting texture on the house, and I'm sure it'll taste good when it's time to dismantle it!

Karin said...

I so adore this!!

MeetaK said...

haha! his is so unique and simply grand! love it!

Gala said...

That is so funny and creative!

Aparna said...

You've done it again! Done something that's totally different but beautifully inspired.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes For A Happy New Year!

BNDQ8 said...

It is so adorable..a crowd pleaser for sure!! perfect! :)

Jo said...

Oh gosh. Trust you to come up with a totally different interpretation but I absolutely love it.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Adorable. Definitely a fun change from teh standard candy-cane-gumdrop-and-royal-icing house.

minisuperbias said...

ha ha, that's awesome, I love it! Way to the most unique house I've seen yet!

Bob said...

Happy Holidays to you too. It looks like a bird house. Which would be one happy bird! Heh.

Pamela said...

I like it very much!! Talk about creativity?!?! Nice job.

Jaime said...

haha what a cute popcorn house!! happy holidays!

Sharon said...

What a cool challenge! I love your original twist :)

Cakebrain said...

When I saw your popcorn house, I had to giggle! It's so adorable!

Mar said...

Is a original house... I love it...
Happy New Year!!!
Kisses

cookeaze said...

Just found your terrific blog and am so glad I did. The popcorn looks luscious -wish you a happy new year..

Kerstin said...

How cute and clever - I love it!

Jenny Tan said...

Oh, that's so original and supper cute! :) However, I can't show this to my kids...they'll go wild! ;P

pragmaticattic said...

So cute and funny!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

SO cute! I love the photo of the gingerbread man leaning against the house pieces. Wishing you a fantastic 2010!

Lisa said...

A gingerbread house you can eat at the movies..I love it and I love that you found yet another creative way to knock this one out. Have a wonderful New Year!

Ingrid said...

Wow, if that was a rushed, just thrown together gingerbread house I'm afraid to imagine how magnificent it would have been with more time! :)

Happy New Year!
~ingrid

tastysnacktreats said...

What a great idea! So cute and snowy :)

Rachel said...

Now that is a very unique house..I love this idea!

pigpigscorner said...

It's so cute! Happy new year!

Cris said...

I like it very much!
Happy new year!

Colloquial Cook said...

Ah, only you darling, only you could make me love a gingerbread house.

linda said...

This is the most original DB gingerbread house I've seen :) Looks a bit like a little bird's house.
Great that you managed to make it in the hectic month of December.

morgana said...

Jajajajaja. Mira que eres ocurrente, de verdad. ¡¡¡ Ha quedado genial !!!

FELIZ 2010, te deseo lo mejor para este año nuevecito. Que venga cargadito de proyectos, encargos, alegría, creatividad... Y que los puedas disfrutar con salud y dinerito. Sin que te falte ni una pizca de amor.

Un abrazo.

Lisa said...

wonderful idea! two of my favorite things -- gingerbread and popcorn ...together!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Very cute house! Popcorn is a great idea!

Alison said...

VERY NICE - I love how it turned out :)

Sasha said...

Absolutely hilarious and cute! If you plan to make a house again this year, you should consider entering my Global Gingerbread contest - it's basically a fun way to promote world peace and understanding of other cultures. The web site is Global Table Adventure and there is a link to the contest in the sidebar.