Disclaimer: I am no way a chef or top baker but I enjoy cooking so I wanted to make a Halloween post. Any future bakeoff candidates need not to worry about me stealing their thunder.
On Tuesday I discussed what to do if you’re not celebrating Halloween by going out, so today I want to talk about the treats you could make if you’re staying in. Although Halloween is an annual thing, it always catches me by surprise. I’m going to a party tomorrow and I still don’t know what I’m going as (I’m thinking spider or zombie), and all through the week my boyfriend has been requesting my ideas for him. So although my costume is still up in the air, on Sunday I baked some treats for Halloween, and tomorrow I plan to take some to the party I’m going to.
These ghosts are delicious and super easy to make. All you need is a punnet of strawberries, a bar of white chocolate and some black writing icing.
- Melt the white chocolate. I melted mine in a bowl over a pan of hot water because I don’t own a microwave at present, and the chocolate is less likely to catch and burn this way. If you’re like me, you’ll probably eat some too (it’s just so delicious!).
- Coat the strawberries in the chocolate. I found it was easiest to roll the strawberries around in the bowl and holding them by the stem.
- Leave to set on a plate. They set pretty quickly at room temperature, but if you’re impatient, they’ll set slightly faster in the fridge.
- Draw on eyes and a mouth. I used black writing icing for this as it was easy to handle.
Then all you have to do it leave it to set then you have a naughty-and-nice treat for Halloween.
Drawing inspiration from the lovely Kat, I wanted to bake some Halloween shortbread. I followed her recipe to a T, but just didn’t add the cinnamon that she did. They taste incredible, and my boyfriend ended up taking some home to his family in the week so I think I did a good job.
However, if you’ve got me on snapchat you’ll have seen the mess that I made and it wasn’t pretty. Let’s just say that my kitchen looked like someone had dropped a flour/icing sugar bomb. Seriously, if you want to see how to make this properly, look at Kat’s post.
Tomato & Mozzarella Eyeballs
If you’re about the savoury life, these tomato and mozzarella eyeballs are perfect for you (and super easy to make). For this you need cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls and black pitted olives.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and scoop out the insides. The easiest way I found to do this was to cut around the inside with a knife and the seeds just popped out.
- Cut a mozzarella pearl in half (or leave whole, depending on the size of the pearl – I used Sainsbury’s pearls but I think the Tesco ones tend to be a little smaller) and stuff it into the tomato half.
- Cut a small whole in the front on the mozzarella pearl and chop up a little piece of olive to fit in the whole. This functions as the pupil.
So easy to make, and really tasty.
French Fancy Ghosts
These are so easy but incredibly effective. All you need for these ghosts are French Fancies (I bought the Witches Hat ones so they’re green inside for extra Halloween goodness), white fondant icing and black writing icing.
- Roll out the white fondant icing into a square big enough to cover the French fancy
- Take the French fancy out of the case and lay the icing over the top. You could cover the cake in jam to make it stick better but it works fine without.
- Push the icing into the shape and trim the edges. You can scrunch up the icing a little around the base so that you get that floaty look. Just play around with it to see what works the best.
- Draw on little eyes and a mouth with the black icing.
These are really for the lazy host in all of us but they taste pretty good and are worth giving a whirl.
So there are four Halloween themed treats you can make in an afternoon (I managed it) and still have time to get ready for however you’re celebrating the day. If I can make them, anybody can.
Have you done any seasonal baking this year for Halloween? Let me know in the comments below.
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