North Norfolk school auctions off gigantic gingerbread house

For anyone who has a sweet tooth - it's a dream come true.

A north Norfolk school chef has created a gigantic 1m by 1m gingerbread house masterpiece in a bid to help raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The house, which will be auctioned off later this month for the charity, has been made by Paul Taylor, stock controller in Gresham's School's catering department who is an expert in building gingerbread houses, with help from another of the school chefs, Kelly Thompson.

Mr Taylor, who trained as a chef at City College Norwich, said: 'I have always been interested in cake-making and anything sweet, and have done quite a few normal sized gingerbread houses. This year we thought why not do something different to help raise money for the air ambulance.'

A normal sized gingerbread house would take one batch of ingredients, which includes two-and-half kilos of flour, 800g of dark brown sugar, 28 tablespoons of golden syrup, 16 teaspoons of ground ginger and eight teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda.

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The house up for auction took six batches of ingredients to make.

It is also decorated with jelly tots and has white 'snow' icing all around as well as 'almond' roof tiles. It has taken one week to create from scratch.

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Those looking to get their hands on the house can do so by sending an email including your name and telephone or email contact details and your bid to,

On Friday, December 2 and Friday, December 9, the highest bid received to date will be posted on the Gresham's website newspage,

The highest bid received by midday on Tuesday, December 14, will win the gingerbread house 2010, with the winner notified the next day.

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