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Ritz-Carlton Unveils Largest Gingerbread Houses In White Plains

The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester unveiled the 270lb gingerbread replica on December 3. The house will stand in the lobby of the Hotel until the end of December.
The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester unveiled the 270lb gingerbread replica on December 3. The house will stand in the lobby of the Hotel until the end of December. Photo Credit: Courtesy Ritz-Carlton, Westchester

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Weighing in at 270 pounds and taking more than 150 man-hours to construct, the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester recently unveiled the largest gingerbread houses in White Plains.

The houses are a copy of Philipsburg Manor, the Hudson Valley landmark in Sleepy Hollow. Management unveiled the houses on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in a special ceremony. Philipsburg Manor was a thriving farming, milling and trading center run by the Philips family of Anglo-Dutch merchants.

Representatives said the houses are made of 50 pounds of powdered sugar, 35 pounds of cake flour, 15 pounds of granulated sugar, 10 pounds of brown sugar, 8 pounds of butter, 8 pounds of eggs, 7 pounds of egg whites, 3 pounds of cream of tartar, 2 pounds of molasses, 5 oz. of baking powder, 2 ounces each of ground ginger and cinnamon, 1 ounces each of ground clove and nutmeg, and a half a cup of lemon juice. There is also a handmade motorized water wheel and gingerbread/gum-paste bridge and 15 varieties of candy used for decoration, representatives said.

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