Whenever snow falls near Christmas, any serious thoughts vapourize into child-like dreams of fun, sugar plums, sleigh bells and lovely baked pastries with hot chocolate.
I like soft Christmas cookies with different spices, less sugar but more delicate in taste . Gingerbread cookies are cute, but do not stoke my sweet tooth. To me, gingerbread houses and their baked figurines are more works of culinary folk art. A place for an aspiring and creative pastry chef to frolic with bits of dough, coloured candies and food colouring.
Over the years, in North America, we’ve seen stock gingerbread houses lined up in stores and bakeries. But what’s worth seeing are, gingerbread and pastry tableaux where a whole Christmas winter scene has been cunningly fashioned for hours of viewing pleasure.
Pastry Chef Fun
These are one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Imagine, the fun for a team of pastry chefs (and any other trusty kitchen staff) at the Lake Louise Chateau Hotel in the Rocky Mountains. For several months, the hotel featured whole tabletop scene over 15 ft. long decorated with Christmas, dough shaped winter vignettes.
There was a singing choir outside a gingerbread church; skiing, skating and tobagganing frolickers across the table, icehole fishers and reckless snowboarders. There was even a blissed-out, bikini clad woman soaking in a hot tub outdoors.
Like the Hyatt Hotel in Calgary, Lake Louise Chateatu’s Christmas confectionery scene featured a self-running toy train sliding through the sugary landscape. Just to provide some movement for delighted crowds to alight their eyes on different figures and dough shapes, as the train wound slowly through the static pastry scene.
Outdoor Eye Candy: Lush Fresh Snow
Then step away from this delightful gingerbread fascination to the sparkling wintery outdoors, where a house or mountains are draped in lush soft piles of fresh white snow.
Here’s my Christmas Haiku for your holiday pleasure. Merry Christmas! May happy memories always twinkle brightly for you:
Brittle fringe of cascading
Diamonds melt over snow.