Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill..
How observant a shopper were you this past holiday season as far as detecting the authenticity of the “gingerbread house” displays that decorated many neighborhood bakery departments? Could you spot a real one from a “faux”?
According to Allan Meneer the bakery department manager of a west end Edmonton Safeway store behind its creation many baker’s are losing the art of building “real” gingerbread houses.
He explained “it’s easier to use a thick dark brown colored cardboard as a template base and paste decorations on the assembly itself minus the gingerbread.”
“It’s actually becoming a lost art as many bakers these days choose to use darker colored cardboard instead of the real thing” he said.
Although his initial construct (1) is a cardboard construct he does bake , assemble and affix the gingerbread pieces used in the process.
A type of thick vanilla icing is used (2) to hold and cement the many differing pieces used in the housing project.
Frames (3) to (5) offer differing angle of completion while (6) is the finished product proudly perched as a store display.
The house measures 24 inches down the roof crest by 20 inches wide. The total weight of the house was 50 pounds and the board used to hold it measured 24 inches by 36 Inches.
The display had been in the store for the entire month of December and Meneer added that the managers were enthusiastic about its being constructed and prominently displayed in the store’s bakery department.
“If someone offered me $200 for the house I would have sold it and donated the money to a children’s Christmas charity” he said.
The quality of the structure had been compromised during the month of December by dust and other considerations and so the opportunity to raffle the house to interested customers was not a consideration.
A tip of the hat to Mr. Meneer who has maintained the baking tradition of making his creation authentic.
His dedication to his baking craft is appreciated. –gc