Santa’s first stop on Christmas will be right in our very own back yard to see the Biggest Ginger Bread House you ever saw. Handcrafted and designed by Deborah Kushlan, the Master Chef at Desoto Palms Assisted Living Community, off Honore Ave and University Parkway Boulevard in Sarasota, this 12 foot House is a master piece that is good enough to eat. Deborah, the culinary designer is referred to as the “Sugar Engineer.”
Deborah’s background includes construction design but her true love is cooking. Baking is her specialty. She began this sweet project in July and the House was open for viewing in late November and it was truly a labor of love.
The 8 foot tall house includes 40 gallons of snow, 175 pounds of Gingerbread, which took Deborah weeks to bake in her spare time. She used 45 pounds of fondant to make the 1200 sugary shingles for the roof which covered 450 gingerbread bricks. The entire house is covered with candy, icing and candy wreaths and edible Christmas Trees.
Cheney Brothers, a commercial food supplier, partnered with Desoto Palms by donating a significant portion of the ingredients to make this House come alive under Deborah’s talented hands.
The Ginger Bread display was featured on SNN Channel 6 drawing over 200 visitors the first day. You can tour the Gingerbread House between 8:30 and 5:00 PM in the Lobby of the Community. The display will be available through December 31st.
Stop by and say hello to Laura Fernandez, the Marketing Director when you visit.
The problem of Hunger in our community is far greater than most realize.
Because of this, DeSoto Palms will be collecting food donations for ALL Faiths Food Bank throughout the holidays. Containers are located in the lobby.
Thank you for your generous support.