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Sunday Brunch: Holiday Homes Good Enough to Eat (Part 1)

18 December 2011

With the Winter holiday season well underway, Sunday Brunch will be looking at some of the many delicious holiday offerings at Walt Disney World. One of the best traditions at the resort is the one brimming with holiday cheer, sights, sounds, smells and tastes: the Gingerbread Houses. These aren't the simple little doll size houses you glue together with icing and decorate with sprinkles and candies. At Walt Disney World, the pastry chefs go big or go home'into a life size Gingerbread House! Many Disney fans know that one of the biggest is the life size house at the Grand Floridian resort, but the well-seasoned Christmastime Disney park visitors know that the Grand's gingerbread house is only one of several Gingerbread displays throughout all of Walt Disney World.


Believe it or not, the bricks, shingles, and d'cor of this house are all gingerbread, sugar pieces, and more!

Today, Sunday Brunch will be popping in at the Epcot house in the Gingerbread neighborhood. I knew that all the hotel resorts decorated for the holidays and several had gingerbread displays, but I had no idea that Epcot's World Showcase housed one too. One night while exploring Epcot, I was approaching The Liberty Inn, the counter service restaurant at the American Adventure, and could smell Christmas right around the corner. In addition to the American Adventure, this pavilion is also home to Santa's Bakeshop every holiday season. Nestled right at the entrance to the restaurant, the shop window is open for guests to purchase Gingerbread Boy cookies as well as smaller gingerbread treats and toasty beverages. Guest can admire the decorations and magical fantasy of the shop from the dining room.


To give some perspective on the size of the house, here is a real Cast member selling Gingerbread treats inside

The shop was created by Santa's elves with the help of Epcot's Production Bakery team of pastry cooks and chefs. This team is also responsible for not only the 6,000 gingerbread cookies to be sold at Santa's Bakeshop, but also the desserts for the Coral Reef restaurant, Sunshine Seasons Food Fair, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, and the Biergarten Restaurant. Led by Pastry sous chef Amanda Lauder, the team used more than 800 pounds of sugar to construct the life size display.


Gingerbambi

This is only one Gingerbread House in Disney's Gingerbread Neighborhood. Other stops include the Gingerbread Gazebo and Bakery at the Board Walk, the Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club and of course, the Victorian Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian. Keep on reading Sunday Brunch to learn more about these totally sweet houses this holiday season.

Bibliography
Brady, David. 'Meet the Disney Team: Amanda Lauder' WDPR Communication. 5 Dec 2011.

 

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