Saturday, February 6, 2010

House made of sweets

Fabulous Sweets

Do you know Hansel and Gretel, one of "Grimm's Fairy Tales"? The picture below is a "Hexenhaus," which Hansel and Gretel went in when they got lost in a forest even though it was a trap of the witch, made of sweets including candies, cakes, cookies, chocolates, etc.

In Japan we sometimes make a Hexenhaus with family or friends on Christmas Day for fun. I have once made it with my three sibilings and we really enjoyed it even with its difficulty to shape sweets into a house.

How do you think what a beautiful rose in the picture below is made of?

It all is made of CANDY, surprisingly. It's a famous tachnique by skillful and mature patissiers.

Sushi and a flower arrangement in the pictures above are also made of candies.

In France there is a contest called Sucre D'Art, which is an exhibition of such candies. Around 18 century, to make beautiful figures of candies became very popular. Espcially, it is said that Pièce montée, a house made of candies, at that time was wonderful and fabulous.

There are of course many patissiers making unbelievable soft candies competitively.

1 comment:

Alisha Stafford Feitosa said...

They're too beautiful to eat! In English we call the houses gingerbread houses.