The Official EG Gingerbread Xmas Challenge

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  • sport 17 Oct 2012 20:51:52 12,046 posts
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    Right, get your aprons on EG bakers, the official EG Gingerbread Xmas Challenge is now on.

    The Challenge

    Build a gingerbread structure of your choice. Take photos and post them in this thread for the rest to judge. Winner is crowned STAR EG BAKER.

    The Rules

    1) Everyone welcome.
    2) You can make your own gingerbread (preferable) or use prefab kits like this one - http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90218783/
    3) Some have indicated that the strucure should be 100% edible, including any support structures. Not sure what the rest think, I'll edit this rule when we decide.

    Deadline

    Probably around mid-December or we could push it to Xmas day itself. Either way we'll give you enough time to plan the structure, create the design, get your baking bits in order, practice a few bakes etc etc.

    A Few Points

    Take photos along the way and keep the thread updated. This is about having fun - bake with family and friends, build together, share :-)

    Links

    Ginger has provided a good starting point - http://www.kungfoodie.com/gingerbread-house-pattern/

    (from the Great British Bake Off)
    Danni's Gingerbread Big Ben recipe - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/gingerbread_big_ben_48685
    James' Gingerbread barn - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/gingerbread_house_81172

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  • elstoof 17 Oct 2012 21:54:06 6,140 posts
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    Boom. On the list. Now. My name.

    I'm all for a 100% edible bake, considering a stick of rock is edible and probably strong enough to support any wacky design imaginable it isn't too big a stipulation. Probably easier to get hold of things like that rather than cutting metal rods or wood to size anyway.
  • thedaveeyres 17 Oct 2012 22:19:56 9,715 posts
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    Count us in!

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  • Rusty_M 17 Oct 2012 22:22:08 4,351 posts
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    mmmm gingerbread. Time to talk to the missus and get her to teach me!

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  • Murbal 18 Oct 2012 09:20:32 21,547 posts
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    Just a point that in the GBBO, Danni had a kitchen roll tube or something holding her clock tower up. So I think that for aiding support, anything goes.

    Edited by Murbal at 09:22:03 18-10-2012
  • sport 18 Oct 2012 09:21:47 12,046 posts
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    Bump for the morning crowd.

    Also Sainsburys are having a 1/3rd off on selected baking products - here's the HUKD list and link - http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/save-1-3rd-selected-baking-products-sainsbury-s-1338019
  • Rhythm 18 Oct 2012 09:22:48 2,375 posts
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    I'm up for this one, I'm sure my kids will want to help out too :-)
  • smoothpete 18 Oct 2012 09:28:20 31,017 posts
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    Everything should be edible, otherwise I may as well just cover a dolls house in gingerbread and bake it whole.

    Count me in!
  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 18 Oct 2012 10:05:34 10,785 posts
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    I'm down for this gingerbread shit. Yo.
  • Razz 18 Oct 2012 11:14:26 59,994 posts
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    I'd enter, but I don't think a gingerbread ashtray would win the compo.

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  • neilka 18 Oct 2012 11:23:41 14,942 posts
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    Gingerbread hooker, here I come
  • thedaveeyres 18 Oct 2012 11:29:00 9,715 posts
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    Personally, I can't wait to see how Ignatius_Cheese's gingerbread shit turns out. Will it be artfully arranged in a gingerbread toilet?

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  • sport 18 Oct 2012 11:29:05 12,046 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    I'd enter, but I don't think a gingerbread ashtray would win the compo.
    Gingerbread broomstick perhaps? Use it then munch it hmmmmmmmmm
  • Razz 18 Oct 2012 12:14:05 59,994 posts
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    That's not very christmassy though

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  • elstoof 18 Oct 2012 12:17:46 6,140 posts
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    neilka wrote:
    Gingerbread hooker, here I come
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  • Rusty_M 18 Oct 2012 18:00:22 4,351 posts
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    So this is more gingerbread biscuit than gingerbread loaf then?

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  • elstoof 18 Oct 2012 19:06:30 6,140 posts
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    You mean like a Jamaica Ginger Loaf? Good luck building the Eiffel Tower out of that mate.
  • Vortex808 18 Oct 2012 19:56:35 6,566 posts
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    Go on then, we'll try a homemade effort, but may have to resort to a prefab if it all goes badly.
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    I might be in. Depends on how lazy I am.
  • Rusty_M 19 Oct 2012 07:02:19 4,351 posts
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    I'm actually tempted to go for something involving both loaf and biscuit. We shall see.

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  • Ginger 19 Oct 2012 07:07:32 6,808 posts
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    I'm in. Think I'm going for something traditional - hold the shredded wheat roof though

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  • Ginger 19 Oct 2012 07:08:52 6,808 posts
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  • Rhythm 19 Oct 2012 11:26:48 2,375 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Everything should be edible, otherwise I may as well just cover a dolls house in gingerbread and bake it whole.

    Count me in!
    Agreed. Instead of bogroll tubes, use brandy snaps for internal support - they're dead easy to make too
  • Deleted user 22 October 2012 19:10:45
    Razz wrote:
    I'd enter, but I don't think a gingerbread ashtray would win the compo.
    You could top it off with chocolate cigarettes.
  • localnotail 19 Nov 2012 00:38:09 23,093 posts
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    They are selling prefab houses in Aldi. /bump

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  • elstoof 19 Nov 2012 02:01:33 6,140 posts
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    Sainsburys also have a gingerbread house kit for sale.
  • jonsaan 19 Nov 2012 07:47:23 25,252 posts
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    That's cheating though shirley?

    FCUTA!

  • elstoof 19 Nov 2012 07:53:58 6,140 posts
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    Depends, if it looks like the picture on the box then you're looking at a low score but using the mix as a time saver and shaping how you want is fine in my book.
  • jonsaan 19 Nov 2012 07:54:44 25,252 posts
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    I might be in for this you know. Sounds like fun.

    FCUTA!

  • Vortex808 19 Nov 2012 10:40:22 6,566 posts
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    I was just thinking over the weekend that I'd better get my skates on and try making some gingerbread to see how it goes before the real thing starts!
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