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« on: January 03, 2011 10:19:06 AM »

I hope this post isn't too long, I have a lot of pictures to show. My first entry into a, because this is the first time I have had something worth entering. This is a gingerbread house that I made this December, for a party my dorm holds every semester.  Did I say house? I meant fortress.  A Gingerbread Fortress of the Angelic Orders

For scale, here is me sitting next to it as I put the finishing touches onto the yard. This castle (including the courtyard) took up an entire 6 foot long table.

It was so large, in fact, that all of the walls (even the towers) had to be cut in half and cooked on two sheets, then glued back together afterwords. Here is a shot of the panels during construction.  (taken at 4 in the morning. One of three all nighters I pulled in order to build this house in time for the party)

A tour of the house: On top is a marzipan dragon, who guards the castle. But in the front yard, marzipan goblins are rushing forward to attack, in hopes of stealing the dragon's gold. Napoleon Goblin stands on the drawbridge between two gummy-shark filled moats: The Moat of Boiling Chocolate Fondue, and The Moat of Vanilla-Cream Cheese Dipping Death.

From here, he directs his troupes. Some scale the wall, some stand with shields to deflect attacks. Some fire the cannon. One meditates in the Japanese rock garden (note the bush, a Japanese mochi candy)

Some have already scaled the wall, and are trying to sneak up on the dragon's hoard of gems and gold. They should watch out: dragons have great hearing, and this one breathes blue fire.

You can see Napoleon Goblin better in the next shot. In the attacking army, one goblin rides a snake, one a bird, and one even rides an elephant.

It is hard to see in this next picture, but the carrot cupcake catapult was very popular.

The little kids who came to the party LOVED it. They also loved eating it.

This is a cookbook author and food reviewer, who asked us for some photos of the house. She is pointing out a spoooooky ghost, my favorite member of the goblin army.

But gingerbread houses are made to be eaten. If I didn't want my house to be eaten, I wouldn't have taken the time to bake it all from scratch, I could have used glue and cardboard much more easily. But no one wants to be the first to break a beautiful house. So, in this photo, I have just finished punching one of the towers down, so that everyone could partake.

And in a suprise move (with my permission), our RC chucked a friend, bodily, into the rest of the house to finish the demolition job.

It tasted excellent. As I said, if I was going to go through all this trouble to make something edible, it had better be good enough for people to want to eat. The gingerbread was great (got the recipe from food network, after comparing a couple of others.) The gray icing on the outside was chai tea flavored buttercream, the stone outlines were vanilla, and the vines that I drew climbing the castle were almond flavored. Here I am piping on the stones:

The roof was covered in dark chocolate, and the towers were covered in homemade peppermint bark (with some valhorona chocolate, no less!)  As you can tell from the description, I was not footing the bill. Fortunately the college reimbursed me for ingredients, including four bags of coconut, 4 cans of marzipan, $30 in candy, four boxes of oreos, 9 huge bars of chocolate, unknowable amounts of sugar, and (in the dough for the castle), a whopping 26 cups of flour and 13 sticks of butter (!!!). I know this last picture is blurry, but check out the moats, and also the table of deserts on the next table. What a night of great eating this was!
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011 10:39:44 AM »

holy gingerbread batman!  amazing!  it looks like you had alot of fun with the creation of this monstrosity! 

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011 02:00:42 PM »

Wow. I hope you're going into gingerbread-castle-building professionally. Crazy. On behalf of all goblin hordes, though: Hey now. We're not all evil.

I'm glad you bashed the first tower down yourself. I don't think anyone else could bear to. The moats, too...! The whole thing is just awesome.

How many people did this thing feed? Because I'm thinking the world needs bigger partiesto encourage this kind of thing!
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011 02:27:54 PM »

Thanks! If only it could be more than a seasonal job, I would go into it. I love doing it!

Last year I made a less awesome gingerbread house, but I didn't bash it down, and no one else had the heart to. So after the party, I had a billion lbs. of gingerbread and no one to eat it. I learned my lesson. Once it was down, though, it was devoured.

The first half of the party is for my dormmates and our professors, only, so we have about 100 to 150 folks. In the second half of the party, we open it up to all the students at the college; the students happily eat all the leftover fancy hor devours, and drink all the leftover fancy booze.
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011 06:27:06 PM »

Wow that is so amazing!  Love all the pics and the story behind it!

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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2011 05:48:00 AM »

Beautifully done! 

« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011 09:48:28 AM »

These photos are awesome and the Fortress is amazing!  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011 04:11:52 PM »

I wish I could have seen it in person. It looks like the photos don't do it justice.

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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011 06:30:29 PM »

Now that's EPIC.

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