Labour of love

Project complete: Naroghid’s Barbara Porter has spent four months creating a 1.5 metre long two-storey gingerbread house complete with interior design to be put on display in Melbourne.

NAROGHID’S Barbara Porter is renowned for her cooking creations, but her latest culinary masterpiece might be hard to beat.

Last week, Mrs Porter officially finished a four month labour of love – a two-storey gingerbread house measuring 1.5 metres long.

She said the giant gingerbread house would be on display as part of the Johnston Collection in East Melbourne until February.

“All of the house is gingerbread on timber. I’ve lined the house inside and out with gingerbread and icing,” Mrs Porter said.

“I’ve used 60 kilograms of gingerbread mix, 20 kilograms of cake margarine and 20 kilograms of molasses.”

The house, which features 10 rooms plus a landing, has been modelled around the Fairhall House and Johnston Collection.

The larger-than-life gingerbread home will be on display as part of the Christmas at the Johnston Collection – Home Made Good exhibition between October 2 and February 5.

Creativity: Everything within creator Barbara Porter’s gingerbread house, from marble flooring to tables and chairs has been handmade over four months.

Mrs Porter said she is thrilled with the end result.

“I’m delighted, it’s really good, this (the gingerbread house) is the feature of the show,” she said.

“It’s been challenging, I’ve really enjoyed it.

“The project used a variety of skills including logistics and planning.”

No detail has been spared in the creation of the house, including replicating the numerous antiques which form part of the Johnston Collection.

“All the furniture and fittings have been made by hand,” Mrs Porter said.

“The porcelains, mirrors and carpet have all been made.

“I’ve gone to the detail, even the carpet in the house is icing.”

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