“We shall see the crumbs of bread… and they will show us the way home again,” said Hansel. But Gretel replied that she would much rather go to Rydges South Bank instead to see the biggest gingerbread house in Brisbane built by Santa’s elves!
Photo courtesy Hansel and Gretel Scrap via Photopin and Creative Commons
As with all good fairy-tales, there is a bit of creative licence involved. The elves didn’t actually build the gingerbread house, but they did watch it being constructed.
And what an operation it was – the Bacchus kitchen team spent many a day baking the 170kg of gingerbread, making the icing out of 100kg of sugar, and then assembling the house in the hotel’s lobby. Watch this video and be amazed!
The architects of Rydges’ spectacular Gingerbread House, pastry chef Tammy Cole, and head chef Mark Penna, are only too happy to share this very special recipe so you can make your own at home. And while you’re at it, why not enter the competition by photographing your own gingerbread house and posting it on Facebook or Instagram with #bacchuschristmas? You could win an overnight stay at Rydges South Bank for two and dinner at Bacchus to the value of $150.
The Gingerbread House initiative is to support The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal – the Rydges team are asking people to drop their Christmas present donations in the lobby, take a ‘selfie’ with the Gingerbread House, and spread the goodwill around!
The Gingerbread House will be up until Christmas – everyone is welcome to come and admire this beautiful construction with its icing that looks like freshly fallen snow, and whose lolly windows are coloured like stained-glass, smell the enticing and mouth-watering aroma of a mixture of cinnamon, french vanilla, and fresh baked sugar cookies, snap away, and post to your favourite social media account.
Run, run, fast as you can,
You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!
The Gingerbread Man, a fairy tale.