This year, our most ambitious yet, the poor gingerbread people are in the midst of a zombie siege.
So how does such a beautiful atrocity come about? Well, first, Matt makes a blueprint.
Then I bake a whole lot of gingerbread, cut out the pieces, mix up some cement-like royal icing, and watch him put his vision together.
This time with the structural support of some Costco shakers of chili powder. Guess I won't be making any more hotwings this year.
Geometry in motion! Meanwhile I frost up some nice, ugly gray gingerdead men. Get it?
Windows boarded up with wafer cookies were my idea, Matt's fine execution.
Time to frost and decorate. These two enterprising fellows on the roof have repurposed the Christmas lights into a distress signal. Also, the chimney is a Three Musketeers bar. Yum.
On the second tier of roof, our hero fends off the more agile, climbing zombies with his adorable candy crowbar.
One of his friends wasn't so lucky. There's a frenzy for his Twizzler innards, while a poorly printed Peeps snowman looks on cheerfully.
Oh no, the wafers on the door were too light and flaky and delicious! They're getting in!
More more of the gingery undead shuffle in past the Christmas tree. The bonfire in the corner of the yard still burns, from when our gingerbread folk still thought they could burn them all. You can just make out the M&M buttons and gray icing skin of one of the fallen between the chocolate-filled cappuccino stick yule logs. In fact, those flames might be getting a little out of control...
And that's how you make a Gingerbread House of Horrors, folks!
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What day is today? That's right, tonight is the season premier of The Walking Dead!
Matt and I will be observing the occasion with chocolate lava cake served in these lovely skull cupcake molds, a dish Matt has christened a Rotten Headshot.
For the life of me, I can't find where Matt got these molds for me, but I can share the recipe I'll be using for the cake (adapted from one in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook)!
1/4 cup butter or margarine 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate 6 tablespoons egg white (or 1 egg and 1 yolk) 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 tablespoon flour Whipped cream and cherries to garnish
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Grease your 2 skull ramekins (level of imagination necessary to make them skulls will vary).
Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave in a glass or ceramic bowl, heating in short intervals and stirring frequently.
Gently whisk in the sugar, egg, vanilla, and flour. Spoon into ramekins.
Bake for 9-10 minutes, until edges are set but center is still soft.
Decorate with whipped cream and plenty of cherry head wounds.
Happy headshots to all!
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