Chef Shares his Recipe for a Life-Sized, Two-Story Gingerbread House Constructed for the Festival of Trees

Updated: 11/22/2013
Chef Wilks constructs the authentic, life-sized gingerbread house at the 36th annual Festival of Trees to benefit the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

Construction of a life-sized, two-story gingerbread house – a featured attraction of the 36th Annual Festival of Trees – was supervised by Executive Chef Michael Wilks of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo.

Chef Wilks says there are unique challenges when constructing this giant gingerbread house complete with a Ginger Bar inside including Starbucks coffees and other treats.  His recipe includes:

- 1200 lbs of flour
-   500 lbs of shortening
-   500 lbs of brown sugar
-     40 gallons of molasses
-     23 lbs of Cinnamon powder 23
-     12 lbs of ginger powder
-       6 lbs of ground cloves
-       5 lbs salt

And, for the royale icing:
- 775 lbs of icing sugar
-   18 gallons of egg whites
-     5 lbs of cream of tartar

The 36th annual Festival of Trees, open to the public with no cost for general admission November 24 through December 5 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY, will ring-in in the holiday season as Western New York’s premier holiday event to benefit the planned John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Organized and designed by teams of volunteers, the Festival of Trees is home to a glittering display of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, mantle and window displays available for purchase and then delivery to the home or office.

Also throughout the nearly two-week Festival, a Walkway of Miracles will showcase stories and images of patients who have or are receiving care at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo along with a 10-foot high, holiday tree adorned with hundreds of ornaments hand-painted by them.

A holiday boutique will be filled with home décor, gifts, hand-crafted ornaments and more, including personal-sized, one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses each created with different themes by volunteer designers.

The Festival of Trees also features several special events, including the Gala on Saturday, November 23, the Designer Showcase Reception & Awards on Tuesday, November 26, the Stone’s Buddies Luncheon on Sunday, December 1 and the Ladies Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, December 3.

Throughout the history of the Festival of Trees, more than $6 million has been raised to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in support of important programs, facility improvements and groundbreaking technology.  This year, all funds raised will benefit the physician-led plan to construct the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital to be located in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

For more information, please go online at https://www.festivaloftreesbuffalo.com

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Additional information available: https://www.festivaloftreesbuffalo.com