‘Tis the season... to make gingerbread houses.
I don’t know if it’s just a Bay Area thing, but almost every fundraiser, shelter celebration, and big corporate Christmas party seems to have one recurring activity: decorating gingerbread houses.
The other day I was talking to the owner of Creative International Pastries, a fabulous bakery in San Francisco where I get all my holiday cookies. He said that they will make over 2,700 gingerbread houses and 24,000 gingerbread men this season! 24,000! That’s a lot of dough... and I’m not just talking gingerbread... the houses take a lot of work to make, and they aren’t cheap! You should see those things when they’re being delivered. They drive up in a 16-foot truck, and when they throw open the roll top door, the smell can nearly knock you into a spice-induced coma!