Home sweet home: Students build replica of their home town out of GINGERBREADVillage of Burton, Somerset re-created from gingerbreadStudents at local school used 100lbs of cake mix and 66lbs of icing
22:56 GMT, 13 December 2012
A group of students spent 120 hours re-creating their home town in gingerbread, receiving praise from baking guru Mary Berry herself.
The 15th-century village of Bruton has been meticulously replicated – down to the stained-glass church windows – by pupils at King's School, Somerset.
It took a staggering 66lbs
of icing, 9lbs of chocolate buttons and nearly 100lbs of gingerbread mix to create their
Crispy Christmas: Students at a school in Somerset have re-created their entire village in gingerbread
Ice, ice baby: It took 66 lbs of icing to cement the walls together and decorate the cottages in the Christmas cake village
Demanding delicacy: It took students at King's School 120 hours to design, bake, assemble and decorate the 60 buildings in the historical village
Their amazing scene includes the 15th
century Packhorse Bridge – an iconic landmark in the town – and dozens
of homes complete with tiny festive wreaths on the front doors.
The students at 27,000-a-year
King's School were even congratulated on their masterpiece by Great British Bake Off expert Mary Berry who emailed to praise their baking skills.
Rose Vigers-Belgeonne, head of food
science at Kings School, came up with the festive idea after watching
Great British Bake Off contestants create gingerbread structures.
She said: ‘I decided to teach each of our 60 GCSE and A-Level Home Economic students to make their own gingerbread house.'
Tasty town: The gingerbread version of Bruton has icing covered roofs-ridges, marshmallow door frames and windows made from boiled sweets
Proud baker: Lottie Carpenter, 17, looks at the pretty village created by herself and 59 fellow pupils at King's
Berry's delight: Gingerbread Bruton has received praise from Great British Bake Off guru Mary Berry
‘Then it dawned on me that we would be
making 60 buildings, which was an awful lot. We decided to make a
replica of the town and the level of effort was incredible.'
GINGERBREAD BRUTON RECIPE
99lbs (45kg) of gingerbread mix – flour, spices and syrup
66lbs (30kg) of icing – icing sugar, egg whites, lemon juice
4.5lbs (2kg) of mini marshmallows
8.8lbs (4kg) of chocolate buttons
8.8lbs (4kg) of boiled sweets
The pupils spent two hours each creating their gingerbread scene, spread out over two lessons.
They first prepared huge batches of
gingerbread by mixing together flour, spices and syrup and baking for 20
minutes before cutting it into carefully calculated sections.
These were stuck together with 66lbs of
royal icing, with 4.5lbs of mini marshmallows, 8.8lbs of chocolate buttons
and jelly sweets added for decoration.
Windows were made by melted boiled
sweets – with different colours blended together to recreate the St
Mary's Church's stained glass.
Original: The gingerbread town was modelled on Bruton village, where King's School is located
Stone muse: The student even made a gingerbread version of the 15th century Packhorse Bridge in the Somerset village
The gingerbread buildings were taken
home by the pupils on the last day of term today – with some making
their way to Russia and Spain.
Ms Vigers-Belgeonne added: ‘There were a few tricky bits, such as
putting the rooves on, but I think it looks wonderful, a fun sparkly
festive thing to look at.
‘The pupils were so excited when Mary Berry emailed in. She said congratulations and a big well done to them.
‘It is now cool to bake, thanks to the Great British Bake Off and I have more boys than girls in my A-Level classes.’
Edible architecture: Lottie Carpenter puts the finishing touches on the Packhorse Bridge which gingerbread men and women have used since the 15th century
Sweet structure: A gingerbread house has been lovingly covered in edible ivy and boasts windows made from boiled sweets
Big batch: Each carefully-crafted model has been made to exactly replicate the town's buildings using nearly 100lbs of gingerbread cake mix