I entered the world of gingerbread houses around this time last year, when a couple of my friends showed me their masterpieces that they had created with their families. In an instant, I was out trying to track down gingerbread supplies so that we could create our own cute version. Can you imagine how surprised and excited I was to find out that the hotel I was staying at in Dubai (Shangri-La Hotel) were in the middle of building the biggest gingerbread house that I had ever seen? So big, that it was life sized!
Oh my goodness, the scent when you walk past this gingerbread house was amazing and there were so many details to look at, plus it was very temping to just break off a piece and devour it right there. Don’t worry, I didn’t!
I spoke with the lovely Susanne Stier from the Shangri-La and she kindly offered to send me through some facts on the house. I think your mind might explode a little bit when you read through what was involved – mine did. Here we go:
- 977 Ginger Bread Tiles
- 120kg Icing Sugar
- 155 Eggs (Whites)
- 1,200 Jelly Beans
- 500 Lebkuchen Cookies
- 250 Candy Canes
- 96 Hours Preparation
- 16 Chefs
- 34,000Aed Total Cost of the Shop – that’s approximately $11,000 – $12,000 Australian.
Susanne also mentioned that there were a few mini disasters too. Who knew that gingerbread making could be so dangerous!
- Ginger Bread did fall off when installing panels and we needed to redo again.
- One Chef twisted his ankle, must have been on a Candy Cane. (Stepping down from a Ladder) One Bandage, 4 hours at the Hospital, many Pain Killers Later and 3 days Sick Leave.
- Executive Pastry Chef and his team had only 1 hour of sleep in 48 hours. (Yes our French Pastry Chef was Frustrated or Short Tempered because of Lack of Sleep and too much Coffee)
I wish I could have bundled this into my suitcase to bring home, but sadly I couldn’t. We still need to construct our mini gingerbread houses at home this year and with the way Christmas is creeping up, we might even be doing it after the big date. I’ll be sure to share some photos with you when we do, but please keep in mind that they won’t be looking quite this magnificent!