After seeing the pictures of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Gingerbread House this year, I decided to make Haunted Mansion inspired Spider Bread as part of my themed Haunted Mansion dinner menu. This years house stars Oogie Boogie and there are bugs everywhere, specifically spiders. You can see one below next to the dinner plate as well as hanging from the top of the house.
If you want your spiders large like shown on the table at Disneyland, make the version of the recipe for four rolls. This will result in nice, large spider bread to place around your Haunted Mansion dinner table. You can also play with various seasonings to give your spiders a different look. Try poppy seeds to make them black and speckled. Or you could use rosemary to add a little green. You could even go so far as to add food coloring to your dough to replicate the colors in the Haunted Mansion. I decided to keep them simple and sprinkled them with olive oil and sea salt. Leave a comment below and let me know what you did with your Haunted Mansion Spider Bread!
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Haunted Mansion Spider Bread Recipe
- 3½ cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1¼ teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 1½ cups lukewarm water
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for drizzling
- sea salt, to sprinkle on top
- Prepare two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- Combine the dry ingredients and stir together, then add the water and oil and mix high speed with an electric mixer for 60 seconds.
- Scoop the sticky batter onto floured mat. Oil your hands to help with shaping the dough.
- Divide the dough into four equal pieces for large rolls or eight equal pieces for small rolls.
- Shape dough into spiders. Taking one section of your dough at a time, using a spoon, section off a large piece for the body of the spider and a smaller piece for the head. Set aside. Take the remaining dough and divide into eight pieces. Roll into ropes, varying the sizes depending on where the legs will be on the spider. Place the legs on the baking pan and then cover the legs with the body of the spider. Place the head and work the dough together gently. Repeat for remaining dough.
- Cover the pan, and let the dough rise at room temperature for 60 minutes, till it's become puffy.
- While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Drizzle the dough lightly with olive oil and sea salt, if desired.
- Bake the bread till it's a very light golden brown, about 30-40 minutes.
- Remove it from the oven, and carefully lift it out of the pan onto a rack.
- Remove them from the oven, and serve warm, or at room temperature.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
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