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Brisbane’s Biggest Gingerbread House – Snap A Selfie For The Salvos

And so this is Christmas… and my last post for the year. Usually I do the year in review but it is just far too hectic as TIFFIN central with a new kitchen imminent, cramped conditions and only one computer to share between the two of us. So instead, I thought I’d get your sugar frenzy started and point you in the direction of Brisbane’s Biggest Gingerbread House.

You may be thinking, how many giant gingerbread houses can there possibly be in Brisbane? Let me tell you, there are quite a few dotted around the major hotels in the city with stiff competition between pastry chefs. In this instance, Chef Tammy Cole from Rydges South Bank reigns supreme in Christmas kitchen stadium.

A Spoonful Of Sugar (or 10)
Using 170kg of gingerbread and 100kg of sugar in the royal icing, it was assembled in the hotel’s foyer. Here’s a great time-lapse video showing construction.

The gingerbread house was created to support the work of the Salvation Army who are always busy but doubly so at Christmas when many people are in need of their services.  You can help out by visiting Rydges and dropping off a Christmas gift for the Salvos to distribute. Then, take a selfie in front of the giant gingerbread house and share it so you can spread the word.

Visit the Bacchus (Rydges South Bank’s premiere restaurant) website, if you would like the recipe for a gingerbread house on a somewhat smaller scale.

Rydges South Bank

Christmas Tree & half timbered building in Chester, UK

That’s a wrap on TIFFIN for another year. Thanks for your continued support and all of the wonderful comments and suggestions you make. I’ll be taking a break for a few weeks and will be back on board in January. See you then.

16 comments… add one
  • Pamela Hayward December 18, 2015, 6:40 pm

    Hope your kitchen is ready for the festivities! Thank you for all your wonderful blogs throughout the year. I am looking forward to moving to Brisbane in the new year and visiting your recommendations. ☺☺

    • Fiona Ryan December 28, 2015, 2:49 pm

      And thanks to you for all of your comments and encouragement. Brisbane is waiting with open arms! xxx

  • The Hipsterette December 18, 2015, 9:23 pm

    Snap to the biggest Gingerbread House in Brisbane. Best wishes to you and your nearest and dearest for the festive season and 2016!

    • Fiona Ryan December 28, 2015, 2:49 pm

      Thanks Inese – looking forward to seeing you at an event soon.

  • sherry from sherrys pickings December 19, 2015, 10:14 am

    have a very merry xmas and festive season fiona. i think it will be a hot one here in sunny Bris! see you in the New Year all raring to go. xx

    • Fiona Ryan December 28, 2015, 2:46 pm

      Well it wasn’t too bad was it Sherry? Today is lovely but we both know the humidity can’t be far away.

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime December 20, 2015, 4:05 pm

    Hope your kitchen gets completed before Christmas. Wishing you an amazing 2016 🙂

    • Fiona Ryan December 28, 2015, 2:46 pm

      Nearly there. Operational but more work to do in the pantry (which is what started it in the first place!)

  • Glenda December 26, 2015, 9:01 am

    Hi Fiona. That is one hella gingerbread house. Love the video.

    • Fiona Ryan December 28, 2015, 2:43 pm

      If you can believe it, there was one nearly as big at the Sofitel. ‘Gingerbread Wars’

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans December 26, 2015, 8:17 pm

    Hmmmm…. Who does one ask to get a giant gingerbread house in Canberra, I wonder? Perhaps the foodies might be up to the challenge. Ha! Hope you are enjoying all the fun, food and festivities of the season, see you in 2016. 🙂

    • Fiona Ryan December 28, 2015, 2:43 pm

      It would make a great end of year blogger get together activity. You’ll have to get Richard Tuffin on to it – I know he’s big on getting bloggers together.

  • Elizabeth December 27, 2015, 5:56 am

    Wow, that really does look amazing! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, albeit without a kitchen! I look forward to to seeing your new abode in 2016 🙂 have a wonderful New Year, I’m off camping for a week, so see you in 2016!
    Liz xxx

    • Fiona Ryan December 28, 2015, 2:42 pm

      We had a decent enough working kitchen, if a little rough around the edges. I do feel like I’m in someone else’s house though!

  • Liz (Good Things) January 3, 2016, 4:18 pm

    Sorry I missed this one pre xmas… all the best for a cracker of a 2016!

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