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National Trust display exquisite gingerbread doll’s house inside the stately home that it replicates

15 November 2016 | By Joe Quirke | 0 Comments

One of the UK National Trust’s more unusual building commissions has been put on display inside the stately home that it copies: a 2m-long gingerbread replica of Waddesdon Manor, a Buckinghamshire pile that was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s art collection in the 1870s.

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The model, which took 500 hours to bake, required more than 30kg of butter and sugar, 240 eggs and 216kg of icing.

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The contractor was a London baker called Biscuiteers, which started work on the design 15 months ago. The final version includes detailed replicas of Waddesdon’s most famous rooms including paintings, furniture, porcelain and textiles.

Waddesdon Manor (Wikimedia Commons/Diliff)

The model was completely crafted by hand and contains only gingerbread and icing.

The gingerbread house will be on show at Waddesdon Manor until the 2 January. The manor hosts an annual summer “Feast festival”, but it’s unknown if the gingerbread house will be on the menu.

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