York & North Yorkshire

Castle Howard recreated in giant gingerbread house

Castle Howard Image copyright Castle Howard
Image caption The gingerbread mansion was baked in London by Bompas & Parr before it was transported and constructed at Castle Howard

A North Yorkshire stately home has been reproduced in gingerbread in an ambitious showstopper by a team of bakers.

The 2.5m (8.2ft) by 3.5m (11.4ft) edible model of Castle Howard took 10 people two weeks to make, with key features of the estate recreated in minute detail.

Ingredients included 40kg of flour, 15kg of sugar and 18kg of butter.

There are no immediate plans to consume the construction.

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Image caption The gingerbread house took two weeks to prepare
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Image caption The design includes a working train set covered in spiced biscuit

Instead, estate staff hope it will be reused each year as an elaborate Christmas decoration.

The model, which goes on display to the public on Saturday, depicts Castle Howard as it was originally designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1699.

It includes spiced biscuit versions of the Temple of the Four Winds, the Mausoleum and the estate's train station.


Ingredients list

  • 40kg of flour
  • 15kg of sugar
  • 3kg of treacle
  • 3kg of syrup
  • 1.5kg of ground ginger
  • 18kg of butter

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Image caption Nicholas Howard, who runs the estate, pictured with the gingerbread recreation
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Image caption It includes edible versions of the estate's key structures, including the Temple of the Four Winds
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Image caption The gingerbread house will be on display to the public from Saturday
Image copyright Mike Kipling
Image caption Castle Howard was designed in 1699

Castle Howard, the setting for the 1981 TV series Brideshead Revisited, sits in a 10,000-acre estate in the Howardian Hills, north of York.

The estate has more than 200 listed buildings and monuments.

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