Hello all! It’s been some time between posts. I hope you’ve all been well and that you’ve been baking or reading or both!
It’s coming up to my favourite time of year; Halloween. If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ll know how excited I am for all the ghoulish celebrations and how much baking practice I’ve been doing in the lead up to the spookiest night of the year. In addition to baking cookies, I’ve also been experimenting with Halloween-themed macarons, cake pops and doughnuts. Follow the link on my homepage (top right) to check out what I’ve been cooking up.
When it came to deciding on the theme for this year’s bookish Halloween cookies, I was quite spoilt for choice. There have been so many wonderful horror books over the past few years and so many of them would make excellent cookies. However, since I made Jane Austen cookies a few years back, and since the movie came out earlier this year, I thought it would be only fitting to share with you some cookies inspired by one of my favourite Jane Austen parodies, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.
Stay with me. I know it’s not high art…. But dammit, it’s so fun. I mean, Elizabeth Bennet kicking zombie butt? What could possibly be better than that?
For those who haven’t read it, PP&Z takes place during the same Regency period as Austen’s original novel, but this time, the undead walk amongst the living, seeking brains and infecting anyone who comes into contact with them. Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are highly trained warriors who must battle hordes of the undead to protect the local gentry and each other.
All the same elements are there; Darcy and Elizabeth are at odds from the first time they meet at the Netherfield Ball, Kitty and Lydia are as silly as ever, and the arrival of the wicked Mr. Wickham throws the family into turmoil. And yes, despite the imminent threat of zombie apocalypse, Mrs. Bennet is still trying to find husbands for her daughters. Don’t those zombies know what they’re doing to her poor nerves?
If you haven’t read it, I would encourage you to give it a go. And if you loved it, let me know!
You will need:
20 second icing tinted Super Red with a dash of Burgundy
20 second icing tinted Ivory
20 second icing tinted Chocolate Brown
20 second icing tinted Ivory and a tiny toothpick drop of Copper (Fleshtone)
Flood icing tinted Mauve
Flood icing tinted Juniper Green
Flood icing tinted Soft Pink
Flood icing tinted Super Black
Piping Icing tinted Ivory and Copper (for face details)
Piping icing tinted Dusty Rose (for roses)
Piping icing tinted Ivory (for dress ruffles)
Using a Number 2 tip, make the bloody mouth area with the Super Red/Burgundy mixture. Allow to dry.
Using a Number 2 tip, pipe and fill the dress area. Quickly add dots of mauve and soft pink for the flowers, then two dots for the leaves. Drag a toothpick through the leaves to make them pointy. Allow to dry.
Using a Number 2 tip, pipe and fill the hair area, leaving the bun. Pip the bun on once the larger area has dried. Allow the hair to dry. Once completely dried, use a 16 Swirl tip to pipe on the pretty roses. Because hey, even a zombie girl has to catch a husband right?
Pipe in the Ivory/copper mix for the face, using a 1.5 PME tip to pipe a blank area for the eye. Fill and allow to dry. Use the PME tip to add the teeth and bones.
Add the collar to the dress by using a 152 tip and wiggling it to create ruffles. Add in the eye detail using the Super Red/Burgundy combo. Add a dot of black for the pupil. Add an ‘eyelid’ with the flesh tone, then detail for the nose and ear.
I hope you have a fabulous Halloween and that you get a chance to do some baking and reading.