The pastry team at The Roosevelt Hotel in downtown New Orleans is hard at work creating their famous gingerbread display. This year, the theme is New Orleans’ most famous plantation homes: Laura, San Francisco, Nottoway and Oak Alley.
Head Pastry Chef Deborah Heyd is using gum paste for the doors, gelatin sheets for the windows and white royal icing to keep one hundred pounds of gingerbread cookie standing erect. The assortment of trees in the bayou scene is guaranteed to impress the entire family. Cypress trees using grape leaves covered in chocolate, oak trees with hand-piped icing leaves and modeling chocolate will cover the rest of the grounds.
The plantation homes are being shaped using the original blue prints and the miniature “Oak Alley” was built to scale. The rest of the homes are still in the works but as the deadline approaches, the team is excited for the challenge.
The gingerbread display will be constructed in Teddy’s Cafe in The Roosevelt Hotel lobby beginning Friday, November 29th. It will be completed Sunday December 1st and remain on display through the holidays.