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Question: What is your favorite entry in Craft Challenge #46, Gingerbread House Contest?  (Voting closed: January 13, 2010 12:37:02 PM)
A really big sweet treat. - 2 (0.5%)
Christmas Cottage - 3 (0.8%)
Christmas Cottage Smiley Picture Heavy - 1 (0.3%)
DDs First house. - 3 (0.8%)
EE's secret toadstool gingerbread house with snails! - 26 (6.8%)
Ever seen a gingerbread mobile home before? - 22 (5.8%)
Front Row Seats - 1 (0.3%)
Gingerbread Castle of Doom and Death (Warning: graphic pics of gummi bear death) - 16 (4.2%)
Gingerbread Christmas Tree - 0 (0%)
Gingerbread City - 2 (0.5%)
Gingerbread Hogwarts - 17 (4.5%)
Gingerbread House of DOOOOOOooooOOOommmmMmm - 4 (1%)
Gingerbread Nunnery! (complete with icing nuns) - 36 (9.4%)
Gingerbread pagoda: camera-happy gum paste frenzy - 0 (0%)
Gingy's Mansion - 7 (1.8%)
Hobbit gingerbread house - 2 (0.5%)
Home Sweet Home - 1 (0.3%)
Inaugural Gingerbread House! - 2 (0.5%)
Little Lowes Houses - 0 (0%)
My boyfriend named it Mystical Mansion - 8 (2.1%)
my gingerbread village and a starry christmas tree - 15 (3.9%)
My Little House Entry - 1 (0.3%)
My wayward gingerbread house- inspired by Up! - 3 (0.8%)
One of a Kind - 1 (0.3%)
Our First (Gingerbread) House Together! - 0 (0%)
Our gingerbread house, complete with a gingerbread moose! - 0 (0%)
Out first gingerbread house Smiley - 0 (0%)
Pink and White and Peppermint Cottage - 0 (0%)
Santa's Workshop - 5 (1.3%)
Something beautiful came out of the '80s - 6 (1.6%)
Sugar Rush Gingerbread Cottage - 40 (10.5%)
The "More Power" Gingerbread House! - 8 (2.1%)
The Addam's Family Christmas - 11 (2.9%)
UP Inspired Gingerbread House for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Auction - 118 (30.9%)
Weybridge House in gingerbread form! - 15 (3.9%)
Where the muffin man lives! - 6 (1.6%)
Total Voters: 382

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« Reply #50 on: December 14, 2009 06:56:54 PM »

It's probably another one of those differences between US cooking and cooking outside the US. "Golden syrup" as a baking ingredient doesn't happen very often here in the US (in fact, not at all in my personal experience).
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« Reply #51 on: December 14, 2009 07:01:16 PM »

Starting tonight on my house. I have a great idea I just hope it works out!  Grin
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« Reply #52 on: December 15, 2009 08:20:17 AM »

I've made four gingerbread things this year.
Two houses, a sled and a train.
Plus a fake foam one.

Mine are always kits though, so I probably wont enter.
I can't wait to see the finished products though!
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« Reply #53 on: December 15, 2009 01:30:52 PM »

It's probably another one of those differences between US cooking and cooking outside the US. "Golden syrup" as a baking ingredient doesn't happen very often here in the US (in fact, not at all in my personal experience).

I think you're right- now I think of it, the only time I ever saw molases in Australia was to be mixed with horse feed, and I'm yet to see it in the UK. Subtle differences, but differences all the same Smiley
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« Reply #54 on: December 16, 2009 04:07:31 AM »

Can I enter the place I live during term time? It's Christ Church, one of the 39 colleges that make up Oxford University. I'm thinking it qualifies as a house because hundreds of students live there full time, and its Latin translation 'Aedes Christi' literally means 'House of Christ'...Yes?  Cheesy
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« Reply #55 on: December 18, 2009 03:08:10 PM »

Yay, I made two gingerbread houses from scratch this year, so i'm ready to go! Smiley I don't think we'll be a contender for best house, but it'll be fun to share anyway!
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« Reply #56 on: December 20, 2009 08:54:39 AM »

that sounds like a great challenge.

and my two cents to the problem with hard cookies:
lots of gingerbread recipes make hard cookies, and i've heard that they're supposed to be that hard.
a baker once told me, that they will become soft when there are apple slices/halves in the cookie box for one or two weeks.

i have to say, that's the best baking tip i've ever gotten and it seems very common here in europe to do that.

- slice one apple and put it in the box you store your gingerbread in.
- one apple usually is enough for a big box of cookies.
the apples will become very dry within a few days because all of the water will be in the gingerbread, that's fine. let them stay with the gingerbread until it's as soft as you want it to be, usually one to two weeks.
- you don't want them to soak too much water, check every few days.
i've never had hard gingerbread since then and it smells delicious.

try it!

and for eating them: i just can't throw them away, so the house (made of hard dough) lives for two or three weeks and will then have to stay in said box with apple slices for a few days. usually i don't use anything except icing and nuts, so that works fine. (because i feel SO BAD if i have to throw food away.)
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« Reply #57 on: December 29, 2009 07:08:21 AM »

It's probably another one of those differences between US cooking and cooking outside the US. "Golden syrup" as a baking ingredient doesn't happen very often here in the US (in fact, not at all in my personal experience).


I think you're right- now I think of it, the only time I ever saw molases in Australia was to be mixed with horse feed, and I'm yet to see it in the UK. Subtle differences, but differences all the same Smiley

My understanding is that golden syrup is the closest thing that we in the UK have to your corn syrup. Similarly, we don't really have molasses available here but instead have treacle which is comparable.
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« Reply #58 on: December 29, 2009 06:21:48 PM »

Yeah, I swap molasses with treacle, which is easy to find in Australia. We do have corn syrup but usually in health food stores and very expensive, I have never yet come across a recipe that I could not swap it out with something else Cheesy
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« Reply #59 on: January 01, 2010 01:35:06 PM »

01/01/10 - The entry board is open!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=436.0
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