It’s called The Midnight Dress and it’s by Karen Foxlee, an Australian author from Queensland. I was drawn to the cover (check it out below – it’s divine…) but I didn’t realise how quickly or deeply the story would suck me in.
I think I devoured it over a few days; quite an achievement for someone with a new baby and a three-year-old! But I just could not put it down.
This week, I finally made the cookies I had envisioned as I started reading this magical story, and to celebrate I decided to reread it and rediscover why it had touched me so deeply. Of course, I fell in love with it all over again!
Rose soon meets Pearl, a precocious girl who attends the same school, and the two girls from an unlikely friendship. When Rose confesses she cannot afford a new dress for the upcoming town festival, Pearl suggests she seek out Edie Baker, a local dressmaker who may or may not be a witch…
Enchanting. Mesmerising. Sumptuous. Mysterious. Lush. These are the words I would use to describe the setting of this glorious book (Edie’s house which is crammed full of random objects, the mountain with it’s secrets and stories, the small town that smells of sugarcane…) and the story, which revolves around creation of Rose’s dress and the fact that one of the girls mysteriously disappears afterwards.
If you love magic realism, Australian fiction and a great story, you will adore this book.
And if you would like to discover an easy way to make gorgeous, Midnight Dresses, please read on for a cookie tutorial!
You will need:
Icing tinted Royal Blue (Americolour) with a touch of Navy (Americolour)
Icing tinted Super Black (Americolour)
Stencil (available from Spotlight or cake decorating shops)
Black sanding sugar (available from Spotlight or cake decorating shops)
Step 1. Outline and flood your cookies using a Number 2. tip and your Royal Blue icing. Allow to dry overnight.
Step 3. Squiggle some of the Super Black icing over the stencil. Spread it carefully across the cookie using a rubber spatula. Take care not to apply too much icing, or it will squish out the sides.
Step 4. Apply the black sanding sugar over the icing/stencil.
Serve with a cup of tea and enjoy another chapter of Karen Foxlee’s The Midnight Dress.