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Ritz-Carlton debuts magnificent gingerbread replica of Dallas landmark

Ritz-Carlton debuts magnificent gingerbread replica of Dallas landmark

Ritz Carlton Dallas, Old Red Courthouse
Ritz-Carlton, Dallas gingerbread replica of Old Red Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Ritz Carlton Dallas, Old Red Courthouse
The miniature Old Red is constructed of gingerbread with fondant icing. Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Ritz Carlton Dallas, Old Red Courthouse
Ritz Carlton Dallas, Old Red Courthouse

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas joins a holiday tradition among local hotels with its premiere of a gingerbread house on display that re-creates one of Dallas' most identifiable downtown landmark buildings.

The Ritz has installed a gingerbread-house version of the Old Red Courthouse, currently on view in the lobby. Inspired by the red sandstone courthouse built in 1892 — now known as the Old Red Museum — the miniature Old Red is constructed of gingerbread with fondant icing.

Chefs at the Ritz-Carlton spent the last several weeks on the unprecedented project. The edible structure took 50 hours to mix, bake, ice and assemble. Luckily for us, they kept a tally on some of the numbers.

Weighing more than 140 pounds, the gingerbread house is 4 feet by 10 inches long, 2 feet by 8 inches wide and 3 feet high. It's made of 21 pounds of corn syrup, 16 pounds of brown sugar, 11 pounds of butter, 51 pounds of frosting and 39 pounds of sugar.

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