Gingerbread

Time for my annual jaunt downtown to see the gingerbread creation at the Benson Hotel.

boldt-castle

I forgot to take one photo with people in it for relative perspective. This year’s creation replicated the Boldt Castle in New York. Made with 100 lbs gingerbread, 50 lbs icing, and 20 lbs of marzipan, it took 300 hours.

boldt-candelabra

I was especially intrigued with the tiny candelabra. Behind it an equally tiny “painting”-about 1 1/2 inch by 2.

Some more details:

If you ever visit Portland during December, remember to check this out.

ETA: When I was a child my family took many road trips, one was to New York State. I am sure we saw Boldt Castle because I remember the detail that it was built on Heart Island and stopped when the wife for whom it was being built died. It would have been in the 50s, before it was bought by the state and fixed up, so I am not sure how much of it we saw or even if we could go inside.

 

 

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7 responses to “Gingerbread

  1. Wow! Does it get eaten afterwards….?

  2. dezertsuz

    That’s amazing! I didn’t even know about this. I should make a point of being in Portland at Christmas, just for that. Is the Benson Hotel expensive?

  3. Wow, can you imagine the time it took to create that? Just wow!

  4. Beautiful! We went to the National Gingerbread House Contest exhibit and thought it was not nearly as good as usual. Now I see where all the good ones went!

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