A Sweet Way to Kick Off the Holiday Season


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Our pastry chef Angela Clark, savors making an intricate and delectable gingerbread house every year. Although in years past she’s created her amazing confections independently, this year she’s channeling her creative talents through A Thyme to Cook for a worthy cause.

Annually, Hartford area Habitat for Humanity throws a festive fundraiser: Gingerbread Show and Competition. This year’s event, held at Blue Back Square December 6-9th in West Hartford, plans to use the proceeds from the competition for Women Build, a week in May when 10 women join forces to build a home for a family in need.

Habitat calls out to all gingerbread lovers for the most inspired creations which are on public display starting December 9th. The winners are then auctioned off at the Gingerbread Show Party Sunday, December 9th 3 to 6.

Angela’s edible version of our cookery complete with copper cupola and evergreen landscaping on a rolling winter scene is kicking off our holiday season in the sweetest way possible. We are heart warmed watching a gingerbread house transform into a family dream.

Interested in unleashing your own seasonal creations? Here’s Angela’s secret gingerbread recipe, delicate sweetness, minimal rise, perfect for making your own custom gingerbread house:

1/3 cup molasses

1 stick of butter

3/4 cups sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 ¼ cups flour

2 teaspoons salt

1/2  teaspoons vanilla

1/2  teaspoons ginger

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoons nutmeg

1/4 teaspoons cloves


Sift together dry ingredients and set aside. Cream sugar and butter then add molasses, egg and vanilla. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture until just combined. Chill for 4 hours. Roll into desired shapes and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Look for gingerbread house templates online to download or design your own!

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