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In a departure from tradition, the pastry chefs chose to model the White House pre-1798, before it was painted white.
It’s not Christmas at the White House without a jaw-dropping gingerbread house from the White House pastry chefs, and this year the Obama administration has released a behind-the-scenes video of how they constructed their 300-pound replica of the US president’s home.
It took executive pastry chef Bill Yosses and his team more than six weeks to bake and build their White House, using 175 pounds of gingerbread and 50 pounds of white chocolate, according to the Obama Foodorama blog.
In a departure from tradition, the pastry chefs chose to model the White House pre-1798, before it was painted white, the White House blog reported. They mixed wheat, rye and white flour to create gingerbread that matches the color of the unpainted White House. (In previous years, the facade was covered with white chocolate.)
The 2012 gingerbread house also features a candy replica of First Lady Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden, including kale, endive, turnips, cabbage, radishes, sweet potatoes and bok choy made of marzipan and a candy beehive, Obama Foodorama reported.
The garden "is very elaborate because it is the focus of our work here," Yosses told Obama Foodoroma. "We use it every day, for First Family meals, for State Dinners...and we always use honey from the beehive, too."
With all that gingerbread deliciousness close at hand, will the First Family be able to restrain itself from breaking off a piece here or there?
Past White House residents have admitted they couldn’t resist, NBC News reported.
According to NBC News:
Nixon's daughters remember how President Richard Nixon would sneak a tiny chip from behind the house, where he thought no one would notice.