Friday 31 October 2014

Trick or Treat?

Hey all,

Halloween has approached so fast and is today!

So for those three words everyone uses on October 31st, I ask you, Trick or Treat? Treat, I'm sure you say. Well now I am going to share with you four simple yet scarily delicious treats that you may be able to whip up just in time for whatever you are doing as most of them are super quick. They will get you in the Halloween mood and make your night just that bit more atmospheric, and sweeter...

I found all of these ideas from pictures on Pinterest and then looking at the photos, invented the method as none of the had instructions in the captions. If you want, you can follow me on Pinterest, Rosie C.
  • To begin with, I am going to show you how to make 5 Dracula's Dentures:

5 large cookies
red food colouring (I used the gel one by Dr Oetker, 10g)
75 mini marshmallows, preferably white ones
5 blanched almonds, halved to make 10
75g butter and 175g icing sugar - although this made slightly too much butter icing

Cream the butter and the icing sugar together till there are no lumps, but it is of a thick consistency. This part is quite tricky as it makes your arm ache if you don't use a whisk, but keep persevering because it will come together all of a sudden.
Next, add your red food colour, distributing it evenly throughout your butter icing. It is best to do this gradually, however don't be afraid of putting a lot in, because the redder the better; it will be Dracula's blood-stained gums. Appetising! Continue to mix so there are no white patches and everything is even and smooth. I did in fact use the whole tube of gel, which turned the mixture a very dark pink, but luckily it didn't affect the taste.
Now cut each cookie in half making them as even as possible, then spread the red butter icing all ten halves. BUT, not on both sides. On 5 halves, you must spread on the top of the cookie, and on the other 5, spread it on the bottom.
Then with 15 mini marshmallows, dot them all around the outer edge of the cookie, but only on five of the halves, and make sure they're the halves with the icing on the top rather than bottom of the cookie!
Take the other none-marshmallow halves and stick them on top of the marshmallows, then stick the halved almonds on, they are the fangs!

  • I will now give instructions on how to make 5 gingerbread skeletons, which are no way near as technical as the Dracula's Dentures:
5 gingerbread men, ready made or make your own, mine were ready made
some form of icing, the ready made ones often come with icing in a decorate your own pack
Possibly a piping bag or icing syringe thing

Make your gingerbread men if they aren't ready made.
Make your icing if it isn't ready made.
Squeeze it through a piping bag/icing syringe/tube and begin to design a skeleton on the gingerbread, however you like.

  • The third ghoulishly good treat is 12 Bat Cupcakes:
2 eggs
4oz self raising flour
2 table spoons cocoa powder
1 tea spoon baking powder
4oz caster sugar
4oz margarine
A spot of milk, but only if needed
12 circular, thin chocolate wafers/biscuits
Large chocolate buttons
75g butter and 175g icing sugar
Cocoa powder
Some squeezy icing - the ones that come in tubes are good and easy to control

Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
Tip all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and mix with an electric whisk until all is smooth and combined. If you're having trouble mixing it all together as it is too dry, add a dash of milk, but don't go overboard because you can't take it out again!
Put 12 cake cases in your baking tray, and spoon the mixture into the cases till they're about half full.
Bake in the oven for roughly 16-17 minutes.
Once the time is up, take them out of the oven and stick a knife into the middle of one. If the knife comes out clean, the cakes are done.
Once they are done, leave them all on a wire cooling rack for about an hour to cool down. Then you can make them into bats...
I made these cupcakes just from a photograph, so I did the topping slightly wrong. I thinly sliced the top of the cake off, cut it in half and stuck it in icing for the wings, however now I realise that thin chocolate wafers or biscuits were used instead. This of course works better as the wings are sturdy, and do not flop over. I am going to tell you how to make the correct version, instead of my version.
Like with the Dracula's Dentures, cream the butter and icing sugar together, then add the cocoa powder. 
If you have a piping bag, spoon the butter icing into that, and then pipe it on to the cake in a neat swirl.
Break your chocolate wafers/biscuits into equal halves and then stick them into the icing so that they look like bat wings.
Add a large chocolate button in the middle for the bat's face.
With icing, draw eyes or fangs or whatever you like. 
Now you can eat!
  • Last but not least, I'm going to show you how to make Witches Hats. These are the easiest of the four, and pretty much idiot-proof. This recipe will make as many as you like, depending on how generous you are with toppings!

Wafer icecream cones
200g chocolate
Whatever sweets you like

Melt your chocolate in the microwave or by heating it over a pan of boiling water.
Place one of your cones on a plate, point facing up, then take a large spoonful of chocolate (or however many spoonfuls you would like) and tip it over the cone so that all is covered by chocolate. 
Whilst the chocolate is still melted, decorate the hat. We used strawberry laces, haribos and sprinkles.
Once you're done, leave them to set in the fridge.
Come back later and devour!

Finished! They were all of my fanGtastic recipes; I know it may seem last minute to make these recipes but I wanted to put the post up today. 
Happy Halloween, I hope you have a spooktacular night or day, whatever you are doing!

Rosie x

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