Waking up to the rain today was a wonderful way to welcome the first day of Winter. And while it is finally starting to feel like winter in Southern California, albeit a high of 64 degrees in my area, I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. The Mr. and I have been talking about spending some time at the Fairmont Banff Springs where I’ll be sure to see some snow!
Fairmont Banff Springs is a landmark hotel that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of Banff National Park in the picturesque town of Banff, Alberta, Canada. It’s affectionately nicknamed Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” and based on these pictures you can see why. Although it is a year-round resort that has a fascinating 125 year old history, it looks especially lovely covered in winter white!
While at Banff, I like the idea of taking a sleigh ride….
I like the idea of going dog sledding…
And when I can’t handle the cold any longer, I can stay indoors to enjoy the amenities of the beautiful resort. And if you can’t find me, I am sure I will be at the spa.
They take Christmas very serious at Fairmont Banff Springs. The holiday decor can be seen throughout the resort.
Above: A gingerbread version of Fairmont Banff is displayed at the hotel.
Above & Below: Each year the pastry chefs at Fairmont Banff Springs build a gingerbread house the size of a children’s playhouse to prominently display in the lobby. It takes the team a 24 hours to put the entire house together with 131 pounds of Gingerbread and 135 pounds of icing.
BANFF SPRINGS GINGERBREAD COOKIES
If you have some spare time between now and Christmas how about baking up a batch of gingerbread cookies. They are yummy and the wonderful aroma of fresh baked cookies throughout the house is an added bonus. Fairmont Banff is frequently asked for their gingerbread cookie recipe and they have been generous enough to share it. I have to provide you with a disclaimer…I haven’t tried it yet but I am keeping it on hand to try next year. I’ve stayed at several Fairmont hotels and have never been disappointed. And since this is a Fairmont recipe I am sure you can’t go wrong with it! If you happen to try the recipe before I do, please let me know how your sweet treats turn out.
Banff Springs Gingerbread Cookies
7 3/4 cups – All Purpose Flour
1 tsp – Baking Soda
1/2 tsp – Baking Powder
1 cup – Butter
1 cup – Packed Dark Brown Sugar
1 tbsp – Cinnamon
1 tbsp – Powdered Ginger
1 tsp – Ground Cloves
1 tsp – Salt
1 1/4 cup – Black Strap Molasses
2 – Eggs
Sift together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking powder, and baking soda. Set the dry mix aside.
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, salt and the brown sugar for 3 minutes.
Add in the eggs and molasses all at once, and mix together a little bit.
Use the slowest speed possible and add in all the flour mix in one go. Be careful with this step as it could be messy!
Let everything come together and all a lovely dark molassesey color.
Cool the dough in the fridge for a little bit before rolling it out.
If you are making cookies bake them for 6-8 minutes at 350F, depending on your oven. If you have a convection oven lower the temperature to 315F.
If you are making a house bake the pieces a little longer and then let them cool on a flat surface.
This recipe was printed from http://www.revivingcharm.com
This is not a sponsored post. Photos via Fairmont and Pinterest.