UCLA Royce Hall Gingerbread
UCLA Dining Services’ pastry chef recreating Royce Hall, one of UCLA’s iconic buildings, for the holidays. Photo credit: Christelle Nahas/UCLA
UCLA Dining Services’ pastry chef recreating Royce Hall, one of UCLA’s iconic buildings, for the holidays. Photo credit: Christelle Nahas/UCLA

There’s no sugar coating this news: UCLA pastry chefs have created remarkable gingerbread versions of the school’s famed and iconic main buildings.

Edible models of Royce Hall, Powell Library, Kerchoff Hall and Haines Hall have been delivered to dorms at the Westwood campus, the school announced Sunday.

It’s becoming an annual tradition, said UCLA executive pastry chef Richard Ruskell, chief architect and one of the chefs with the holiday edifice complex.

“Gingerbread is really a lot of fun because there’s nothing you can do that’s really wrong,” Ruskell said in a sugary press release put out by the school. “If we didn’t have a cut-off date, we might never stop.”

Assistant chef James Brannon noted that the confections were baked before Thanksgiving so they would harden, and are not edible. The staleness does not stop students, however.

“They’ll break a piece off,” he said, shaking his head. “They always do.”

— City News Service

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