Martha Stewart’s Gingerbread Abbey

PBS’s reigning queen of the kitchen, Martha Stewart, and her team have created Gingerbread Abbey in celebration of Downton Abbey’s fifth season on Masterpiece.

It took two bakers an astounding 36 hours to complete the sticky and sweet replica of the Downton Abbey estate. According to PBS, the structure features 65 caramel windows and required 66 cups of flour, 22 eggs and 11 cups of molasses to create. The team left no detail behind, even including a cookie-size version of the Crawley family’s labrador.

Get in the spirit and make your own Downton Abbey gingerbread creations using Martha’s basic gingerbread recipe. If you’re feeling ambitious this holiday season, you can make your own Gingerbread Abbey using Martha’s step-by-step instructionsShare your Downton-inspired creations using the hashtag #GingerbreadAbbey.

Lesley Nicol and Martha Stewart in Martha's New York City test kitchen.

Lesley Nicol and Martha Stewart in Martha’s New York City test kitchen.

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It’s a Downton Abbey Party!

We’re getting closer to the New Year and the new season of Downton Abbey, which means it’s time to dust off your Downton Abbey-themed attire. Dress up in your black tie, put on your best hat and join us at one of these parties inspired by the series.

Season 5 Premiere Event and English Tea Reception
Sunday, January 4 at Monona Terrace in Madison
You could watch the Season 5 premiere from home, or you can join our friends at Monona Terrace for their special premiere event and English tea reception (Lady Rose would approve of your adventurous spirit!). The premiere event is free, however priority seating will be given to those attending the English tea reception ($15). Learn more and register for this event.

An Evening Inspired by Downton Abbey
Saturday, February 28 at The University Club in Madison
We had so much fun hosting last year’s Downton Abbey event, we’ve decided to do it all over again! This fundraising event for Wisconsin Public Television features Downton Abbey-inspired food and fun, both upstairs and down. Period dress is encouraged…costumes will be judged and awards given!  Learn more and see photos from last year’s event.

Hope to see you at one of these events. Share your party ideas or costume designs in the comments.

WPT Director James Steinbach and guests at last year's Downton event.

WPT Director “Lord” James Steinbach entertains guests at last year’s Downton event.

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Q&A With the Downton Cast

If you’ve logged on to social media at all this week you’re likely aware of the British invasion that’s taken over New York. Prince William and Kate Middleton are in town, but so is the Downton Abbey cast. I’ll leave it to you to decide which is the bigger deal.

Several members of the cast have been running around the city the past couple days making appearances on NBC’s Today Show, The View and Huffington Post. They’ve even appeared with cutouts of themselves.

Rob James-Collier, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Phyllis Logan and Lesley Nicol continue their whirlwind media tour tonight with a Q&A panel streamed live via YouTube. Watch it live (or archived) right here.

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Season 4 Streaming for Free Online

Masterpiece just announced that Downton Abbey Season 4 episodes will be streaming online for a limited time during December. That means you’re just one click away from watching full episodes for free at

The episodes will be released a few at a time, culminating in the re-release of all episodes Dec. 29. Binge watchers will also want to tune in to WPT’s New Year’s Day marathon when we’ll air all eight episodes beginning at 9 a.m.

Here’s the streaming schedule:
December 8 – 14: Episodes 1 and 2
December 15 – 21: Episodes 3, 4 and 5
December 22 – 28: Episodes 6 and 7
Binge Week:
December 29 – January 4: Episodes 1-8

Of course, this all leads to the Downton Abbey Season 5 premiere 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4.
Happy Watching!


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Downton Abbey Rediscovered

Downton Abbey Season 5 DVD CoverTake a look back with the cast and crew, and look ahead to Season 5!

Get reacquainted with your favorite characters, the scandalous plots, and all the twists and turns of Season 4 by watching Downton Abbey Rediscovered.

Originally broadcast last Sunday, WPT has several encore broadcasts coming up, beginning this Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

And… Be the first to own Downton Abbey, Season 5
Support Wisconsin Public Television with a donation of $120 and we’ll send you the entire fifth season in January! Donate now and see more air dates for Downton Abbey Rediscovered.

Preview Downton Abbey Rediscovered hosted by Tony Award®-winning actress Bernadette Peters.

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