My sister loves Halloween and October in general. So when she came to visit in at the beginning of October I decided to bake her something with a Halloween theme. I never really understood why Sophie liked Autumn so much. I use to hate it as it meant the end of summer. But now I live in Germany I get it. Here there are pumpkins and apples everywhere and the germans love decorating their houses! It also feels quite nice pulling on a jumper and fluffy socks after a month of 35c heat!
I was actually looking for Christmas baking inspiration when I came across a recipe for a gingerbread haunted house on the BBC Good Food website. You can find the recipe here if you fancy giving it a go!
I actually made this over four days so it didn’t feel like it was that time consuming or too much of a challenge. Day one, make and bake the gingerbread pieces. Day two, assemble the main body of the house. Day three start decorating. Day four, finish decorating.
I ended up having to make my own chocolate buttons as I couldn’t find any in our local supermarkets. I think the inconsistency in shape and size adds to the spooky look… that is what I am telling myself anyway!
The only thing I changed was instead of making the windows out of fondant, I cut them out and then melted crushed hard-boiled sweets into the gaps. So that when I put a candle in the house the windows lit up!
Make sure you come back next week as I have a Halloween cake to share with you!