October 31, 2014

Halloween Cakes and Gingerbread

Halloween and everyone seems to be going crazy this year with all manner of Halloween food available in the local cafes and restaurants.

This morning I saw the most amazing Halloween cake - huge, chunky chocolate cake with a special butter cream filling and covered in thick orange/yellow marzipan to make it look like a pumpkin.

There were also special small cakes and buns for children with spooky themes and wonderfully colourful decorations and icing.

We never had anything like that when we were young but then I can't honestly saw I'm sorry. A bowl of homemade pumpkin soup with crusty bread served up for tea on a chilly Halloween evening is a memory (and taste) to treasure. For afters it would usually be homebaked gingerbread. Mmmm!

Gingerbread is one of those things that seems to have been around forever. In fact, I came across a medieval food website where there's a recipe for medieval gingerbread using cloves, pepper and honey. A little different but certainly worth a try if you want something more 'authentic' :)