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Gingerbread House at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Gingerbread House at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Established 1999 -- 11th Anniversary Open Daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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Lollipops
Oreo Cookie Chocolate Pops (1.6 oz.) -- $4.00
Mickey Face (3 oz.) -- $5.75
Princess (1.6 oz.) -- $5.75

Chocolate Snowman with Chocolates (4.2 oz.) -- $7.25
Chocolate Holiday Snow Globe (3.25 oz.) -- $7.50
Chocolate Holiday Hexagon Box with Truffles (7 oz.) -- $10.00
Chocolate Grand Floridian Frame (5.8 oz.) -- $12.00

Signature Items handmade

Large Chocolate Chip Cookie (4 oz.) -- $2.50
Gingerbread Cookie People (1.6 oz.) -- $4.00
Gingerbread* Shingle (2.8 oz.) -- $7.00
Peppermint Bark 1/2 lb. Bag -- $12.00
Stollen Bread with Marzipan (2 lbs.) -- $18.25

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Signature Gingerbread* House (3 1/2 lb.) -- $65.00

Gingerbread Ornaments*
Small (1 oz.) -- $8.50
House (3.8 oz.) -- $16.50
Butterfly (5.4 oz.) -- $16.50
Tree (3 oz.) -- $16.50
Cup (4 oz.) -- $16.50

Assorted Gingerbread Cookies 1/2 lb. Bag -- $15.75
Happy Holidays Chocolate Box with Truffles (8.6 oz.) -- $19.00

Chocolate Disney Characters
Cinderella (9.4 oz.) -- $19.50
Donald (9.4 oz.) -- $19.50
Goofy (10.4 oz.) -- $19.50
Mickey (14.2 oz.) -- $19.50
Minnie (12.5 oz.) -- $19.50
Tinker Bell (9.4 oz.) -- $19.50

Grand Floridian Seasons Greetings Box with Truffles (14.6 oz) -- $23.00
Poinsettia Chocolate Box with Truffles (20 oz) -- $29.00
Signature Chocolate Box with Truffles (2 lb 5 oz.) -- $75.00
* made from a classic "gingerbread" lebkuchen recipe

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Making of the Gingerbread House

1,050 lbs. of Honey
800 lbs. of Flour
600 lbs. of Chocolate
600 lbs. of Powdered Sugar
180 lbs. of Apricot Glaze
140 pints of Egg Whites
35 lbs. of Spices
Tons of Creativity,
Disney Magic and
Pixie Dust

It takes the Grand Floridian cast more than two months and 840 hours of labor to produce, cut and bake the 5,089 "shingles" used to decorate the Gingerbread House.

Gingerbread House & Ornaments

HONEY DOUGH
4 lbs honey
3 lbs bread flour

Method
Bring honey to a boil and mix into bread flour. Mix until dough has a smooth texture. Allow to cool. Wrap in plastic and allow to rest for up to two months.

SPICE DOUGH
2lbs all purpose flour
4 eggs
2 cups light corn syrup
1.5 oz ammonia*
1 cup pwater
1 oz ground cinnamon
1 oz ground nutmeg
1 oz ground cloves
1 oz ground ginger

Method
Mix all purpose flour, eggs, light corn syrup, and spices together. Dissolve ammonia* in water and add to mixture. Combine the honey dough and spice dough.
(* powdered ammonia or ammonium carbonate is found in drugstores and must be ground to powder before using)

Preparation
Roll the dough into 1/8" thick sheets and cut desired pieces.
Brush with milk and bake at 340F for 12 minutes.

Yield: 1 gingerbread house (13" x 15" x 10") or 10-15 ornaments

ROYAL ICING
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp cream of tartar
4 each egg whites
1 tbsp lemon juice

Method
Make icing just before the assembly of the gingerbread house.
Beat egg whites until light and frothy. Add the powdered sugar and beat until incorporated. Add the cream of tartar and lemon juice while continuing to beat until smooth and icing is stiff. Cover the surface with plastic wrap to avoid it drying out. Assemble your gingerbread house according to your pattern using the royal icing as glue. For soft icing add 2 more egg whites and add food coloring.

Yield: one Gingerbread House

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Thanks to Guest Blogger Cedric Ching!!!

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Comments (9)

Joyce Keough:

Thank you so much for posting a photo of the Grand Floridian Gingerbread house with all the added info. My husband and I had a wonderful meal at Citricos on Nov. 9 this year and the gingerbread house was just a wooden frame at that time. It's good to see what it looks like all decked out!

Renee Madgett:

What a beautiful display. My family and I will be in Disney in 25 days to see this in person!!!!!!!!! This resembles one of the aspects of Christmas.

Meghan:

Thanks for posting your pictures! I've never been to Disney at Christmas time so I haven't seen this yet but my husband and I are hoping to plan a Christmas trip soon.

Michele:

Thanks for the photos. Do you happen to know if any of these items (Houses, chocolate characters, etc.) are available for shipping? Would love to order a little magic for Christmas for the kids.

Rob Dickinson:

Thanks! I must make it down for the Holidays some year and see all the wonderful decorations with my own eyes. Regarding the Spice Dough recipe above I'm interested to see that it uses powdered ammonia or ammonium carbonate in the mix? What does the powdered ammonia do in the baking process? Is the final baked product edible? Thanks!!

Rob

Kerry Finland:

Thank you for posting the photos of the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian. We just got back from Disney. We stayed at the GF and we loved it, we were able to watch as the Gingerbread House went up, the finishing touches being done, and the Grand Opening. We were thinking that we would miss it being there in the middle of Nov. but finding it all happening as we were able to watch, really added a little something extra to our trip. And by the way, the gingerbread really is wonderful, my only complaint is that I couldn't get as much as I wanted to having to carry it back on the plane with us.

Rob: The Wikipedia page for ammonium bicarbonate is pretty helpful (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_bicarbonate), but basically, powdered ammonia (a.k.a. ammonium bicarbonate or hartshorn) acts as a leavening agent in baking and was commonly used before baking soda became widely available.

debbie:

do they sell gingerbread online ? and is it just at Christmas time ??

eva stosic:

the house is the most beautiful i have ever seen but it can be made without baking as a permanent display all year to attract visitors

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