Sweet Dreams

Victorian Homes - - Contents - By Mer­rie Deste­fano

This bak­ery was born in a his­toric fam­ily farm­house from 1812.

IT ALL BE­GAN in 1979, in a charm­ing Con­necti­cut fam­ily farm­house, when Blaine and Deanna Matthews made two de­li­cious fruit­cakes.

Named af­ter their his­toric farm, Matthews 1812 House was born. Soon their hall­ways were filled with bak­ing racks and the din­ing room ta­ble be­came the place to sort in­gre­di­ents. The busi­ness of mak­ing scrump­tious treats grew so much that in 1991 they moved their fa­cil­ity a mile away from the orig­i­nal farm­house. Deanna and Blaine re­tired in 2015, but one of their daugh­ters now runs the busi­ness. A quick pe­rusal of their prod­ucts, which run from cakes and cook­ies to dessert sauces and salty snacks, you’re sure to find some­thing you love. There’s even a sec­tion for those with diet re­stric­tions such as gluten-free, su­gar-free and ve­gan. In other words, they have some­thing to please every­one.

BORN IN A HIS­TORIC FAM­ILY FARM­HOUSE, THE MATTHEWS 1812 HOUSE BUSI­NESS OF­FERS MUCH TO SWEETEN YOUR DAY.

The fam­ily farm in 2015, where the Matthews 1812 House busi­ness was founded. IN­SET. This photo shows the his­toric beauty of the Matthews farm, two cen­turies ago.

Tangy and Sweet. But­tery short­bread com­bines with cran­ber­ries and tart lime zest to cre­ate these fla­vor­ful Cran­berry Lime Short­bread Cook­ies. $19, (800) 662-1812 or 1812house.com.

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