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Check Out This Year’s White House Gingerbread House

Hugs and holiday wishes to Y&H's virtual pal, Obama Foodorama (can you hug a virtual pal?), for alerting me to this year's White House gingerbread house. It is a thing of beauty.

ObFo's Eddie Gehman Kohan notes that White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses has put together the largest gingerbread house in Oval Office history:

It was made with honey from the White House Bee Hive, and features a marzipan replica of the Kitchen Garden, a mini Bo, and a shadow box view of the State Dining Room.

In his blog, Yosses explains the pains he and his staff went through to produce the annual White House confection:

Each year, the White House Pastry Team comes together with other members of the White House staff to work on a favorite holiday tradition: The White House Gingerbread House. Because this project requires so much space, the gingerbread house is usually assembled in the China Room of the Residence instead of the pastry shop. Everyone from White House carpenters to plumbers to electricians lend their expertise to help make this project a success.

Weeks were spent planning out the details, studying James Hoban’s original architectural designs and blueprints, gathering ingredients and creating a time line.

And then the real work begins. More than 150 pounds of gingerbread dough is made and this year the recipe called for White House Honey! After baking the gingerbread, it is cut into pieces that become the house’s foundation. The gingerbread is so thick that a band-saw is used to create the bricks for the gingerbread replica. More than 250 lbs of white chocolate is then used for everything from the adhesive to the decorative elements. The white chocolate provides the flexibility needed to create details like the rosettes and the banisters, the windows and the wreaths.

  • Kyle

    Fantastic work. I make gingerbread houses every year, but nothing like this. It'd be interesting to see the White House done in Gingerbread and not just as the support structure.
    Still - FANTASTIC.

  • Mike

    This is absolutely disgusting. Last year Obama criticized McCain for being out of touch. THIS is out of touch! Spending money on something like this while people can barely feed themselves! This is something that the Russian Czars or Marie Antoinette would have done.

  • Tod

    I hope that phoney Barak Osama enjoys his overpriced toy. He probably has a bunch of toy soldiers he plays with as well. I guess when you never have held a real job in your life playing at something is all you have.

  • Bette

    Wow! How decadent! You'd think we were all enjoying a booming economy. Completely out of touch with the economic situation and funded by the people's piggy bank... "Let them eat gingerbread!"

  • Kris

    Oh please he's the first president who has had a gingerbread house. He's not so get over yourselves.

  • Martha

    Yep, folks. The White House Gingerbread House began as a Republican tradition with Pat Nixon, lo, these many years ago. There have been more Republican Gingerbread Houses than Democratic ones, as well. So, get some Christmas Spirit, will ya? Merry Christmas to all!