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Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Friday, 30 October 2009

A few weeks ago I decided I was going to try and make a Halloween gingerbread house this year and here it is! It was actually easy to do and made me wonder why I hadn't made gingerbread houses before. The windows were made of peppermint glass and I lit the inside of the house with a short string of Christmas tree lights, inserted into the house before the roof went on with the wire iced in under one of the side panels. Once baked and cooled the gingerbread is very sturdy and was just joined together using royal icing which set enough to hold the house together within a few minutes. Once the house was firmly set, I had lots of fun decorating it with sweets! With the lights on, I think it looks pretty cute and I just know our halloween visitors will like it! I thought you might like to see the before shot too - its amazing what a little bit of icing and some sweets will do!

7 comments:

arcadia said...

how lovely! i've always wanted to try my hand at a gingerbread house.

Anonymous said...

what agreat idea to do a halloween house!

Anonymous said...

That looks fantastic - I am so impressed!

Lucie said...

This is stunning!!It must have taken you ages to do - Well done! Lucie x

Rachel Lucas said...

Gorgeous Hannah! I took orders last Christmas and ended up producing 6 for my farmers market customers...it was a lot of work, but they looked great. If you want more inspiration , there's a great book i have called The Gingerbread Architect bySusan Matheson & Lauren Chattman...has lots of great ideas. I love your blog, so inspiring. Happy Hallowe'en!

Tracey said...

Love your gingerbread house!It looks wonderful! I´d love to have a go at making one myself but I think I still have to get the hang of simpler things first!

The Curious Cat said...

So brilliant - did someone send you the candy corn over from the us? xxx