Leave it to the creative brilliance of Martha Stewart to make a bit of holiday greatness out of the most highly-anticipated television series premiere of 2015. Thankfully, that premiere is only 4 days into the new year so there’s not long to wait!
Martha Stewart and her team have created a “Gingerbread Abbey”—a stunning likeness of the Grantham family home made entirely of gingerbread. In anticipation of over-the-top euphoria surrounding the forthcoming January 4, 2015 premiere, Martha is encouraging fans to share their Downton-inspired creations throughout the rest of the holiday season using the hashtag #GingerbreadAbbey.
Martha gets the party started, as usual, with the help of Lesley Nicol, who isn’t a rookie when it comes to knowing her way around the kitchen. Overall, it took Martha and team, led by pastry chef and food stylist Jason Schreiber, 11 batches of dough, 66 cups of flour, 16 cups of royal icing and 34 hours to bake and decorate! In case you’re wondering, the recipe requires several pounds of sugar for the caramel needed for the 65 ‘glass’ windows.