Look! Life-Sized Gingerbread Houses

Look! Life-Sized Gingerbread Houses

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Faith Durand
Dec 7, 2011
Have you ever attempted to make a gingerbread house? My family always holds a gingerbread house decorating competition around the holidays, but these oversized gingerbread creations put our icing-spackled sheds to shame. These are gingerbread houses so big you can actually walk inside — or, in some of them, hoist the sails! All of these gingerbread houses, castles, and ships were created for Ritz-Carlton hotels as centerpieces of whimsy and holiday fancy. They are also an opportunity for their pastry chefs to really show off their creativity and architectural skills! Here's a look at what went into just one of these creations: • 350 pounds of organic white, brown and confectioner's sugar • 70 pounds of organic egg whites • 300 pounds of organic bread flour • 100 organic eggs • 24 pounds of molasses • Four pounds of salt • Four pounds of baking soda • 120 pounds of shortening • 24 ounces of cinnamon • Two gallons of organic milk • Eight ounces each of nutmeg, allspice and cloves • Nine ounces of ginger Some grinch-type characters might call such a lavish display wasteful, but we think otherwise. There's something magical about stepping into a room with a ship made of gingerbread. It's like Willy Wonka's edible chocolate factory, brought to life in a small way, and that wonder and pleasure is something so rarely encountered in daily life that we applaud it here. Have you ever attempted a seriously ambitious gingerbread sculpture? Related: How to Make a Peppermint Gingerbread House (Images: Courtesy Ritz-Carlton; Doha Ritz-Carlton photo courtesy of Amara Photos)
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