Category Archives: Halloween

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Toffee Apples

A sweet treat perfect for Halloween, Bonfire Night or any party.

 

Ingredients

500g/1lb Demerera sugar

75g/2.5oz unsalted butter

8 medium eating apples, cleaned nd dried

2tsp balt vinegar

225g/8oz golden syrup

150ml/0.25pint wate

Lollipop sticks for serving

 

Preparation Time
30 minutes

 

Cooking Instructions

Put the sugar, butter, syrup, water and vinegar into a large, heavy based pan and heat gently for about 5 minutes or so.  Stir until all the sugar has been dissolved.

Use a pastry brush to brush water around the inside of the pan, just above the level of the toffee mixture and bring back to the boil.  Boil rapidly for 5-10 minutes until the temperature reaches 143° C, or it reaches the “soft crack stage”.  Use a thermometer or drop a little of the mixture into a bowl of cold water, and if the syrup separates into hard but not brittle threads, the mixture is ready.

Insert the wooden lollipop sticks into the middle of the apples and line a baking trap with baking paper.

Remove the pan from the heat and wait for the bubbles to subside.  Dip each apple, very carefully, into the mixture and coat all over well.  Use a twirling motion to allow any excess toffee to drip off the apples, then place on the lined baking tray and allow to cool and harden before eating.

 

Servings
8 people


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Spiderweb Rocky Road

A spooky twist on the classic fridge cake recipe.

 

Ingredients

225g/8oz milk or dark chocolate, broken into pieces

115g/4oz butter

397g can of condensed milk

275g/10oz digestive biscuits, crushed

25g/1oz raisins

Royal icing for decorating

 

Preparation Time
1 hour

 

Cooking Instructions

Line a baking tin (approx 18cm x 28cm) with tin foil.

Place the chocolate, butter and condensed milk into a saucepan.  Heat gently until completely melted and combined.

Add the crushed biscuits and raisins to the mixture and stir well.

Press the mixture into the prepared tin and allow to chill in the fridge until firm.

Once chilled pipe three circles with the royal icing onto each piece.  Using a cocktail stick drag from the centre of the icing circles to the edges to a form a spiders web design in the icing.

 

Servings
20 pieces


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Scary Pizza

A fun addition to any spooky Halloween party.

 

Ingredients

290g/10oz packet pizza base mix

6tbsp tomato puree or pizza topping sauce

2tsp olive oil

240g/8.5oz Edam cheese slices

 

Preparation Time
35 minutes

 

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7.

Make up the pizza base mix according to the packet instructions.  Kneed on a floured surface for 5 minutes then thinly roll out into a rectangle roughly measuring 23cm x 35cm (9in x 14in).

Place the pizza on a lined baking sheet and add the tomato puree to the top, spreading out evenly across the surface.  Drizzle the olive oil over the top and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

Using cookie cutters – pumpkins, witches, bats, ghosts all work well for Halloween – cut shapes out of the Edam cheese slices.  Remove the pizza from the oven and top with the cheese shapes.  Bake for a further 5-7 minutes until the base is nice and crisp and the cheese has started to melt, but not lose their shape.

 

Servings
6 people


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Pumpkin Soup

A delicious way of using up the inside of carved pumpkins.

 

Ingredients

1 medim onion, chopped

1tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, crushed

700g/1lb 6oz pumpkin flesh

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

1.2l/2pint water or vegetable stock

200ml/0.5pint milk

4tbsp cream

 

Preparation Time
1 hour 5 minutes

 

Cooking Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the chopped onion and garlic.  Cook for a few minutes until the mixture has softened but not coloured.

Add the pumpkin flesh and chopped sweet potato and cook for a further few minutes then add the water or stock.  Season wel with salt and freshly ground black pepper, cover the pan and bring to the boil.  Simmer for 20-25 minutes until the pumpkin and sweet potato are soft and tender.

Stir the milk into the soup and blitz through a food processor or blender to make the soup smooth and thick.  Return the soup to the pan and warm through.

Ladel into warmed bowls, add a swirl of cream, and serve with crusty bread.

 

Servings
8 people


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Pumpkin Shake

Category : Halloween

A tasty and easy option for a shake, a dessert or to use up leftover pumpkin flesh.

 

Ingredients

1 scoop vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

100g/3.5oz pureed pumpkin flesh (fresh or canned)

75ml milk

0.5tbsp maple syrup

Pinch of cinnamon

 

Preparation Time
5 minutes

 

Cooking Instructions

Place all the ingredients into a blender or mix with a hand blender until smooth.

Pour into a tall hi-ball glass and add a pinch of cinnamon.

Drink straightaway for a healthy shake for breakfast or a dessert.

 

Servings
1 serving


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Blood Bath Cocktail

A spooky treat strictly for adults.

 

Ingredients

100ml pomegranate juice

50ml vodka

Dash of raspberry syrup

Dash of lemon juice

 

Preparation Time
5 minutes

 

Cooking Instructions

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well.

Serve chilled in a martini style glass, or in a tumbler over ice.

 

Servings
1 serving


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