Delicious Spooky Treats For Halloween!
Halloween is the perfect time to create a stir in the kitchen. So why not put on a spooky spread to remember with these fiendish treats from leading children’s cookery author Annabel Karmel. Perfect for re-fuelling after a busy night of trick or treating!
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Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 20-25 minutes
Makes: 12 cupcakes
- 225g plain flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 125g butter softened
- 125g caster sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 200ml milk
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 100g sultanas
- 125g pumpkin, peeled and grated
- 1 tub ready-made buttercream
- Orange food colouring
- Chocolate flavoured Writing icing
- 150g ready to roll white icing
- Green food colouring
- Brown food colouring
- Preheat the oven to 180C Fan. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases.
- Measure all of the ingredients into a free standing electric mixer. Whisk until blended. Spoon into the cases.
- Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until well risen and lightly golden on top.
- Remove the muffins from the muffin tin and leave on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Meanwhile colour two thirds of the ready to roll icing green and two thirds brown. Roll out the green icing and shape into 12 leaves, use a toothpick to draw the veins on the leaves. Shape the brown icing into 12 stalks.
- Colour the buttercream orange and spread the icing over the cupcakes.
- Decorate with eyes, noses and mouths using the chocolate flavoured writing icing and then add the leaves and stalks to the pumpkins.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1hr 15 minutes
Makes 4 portions
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
- 2 red onions, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 200ml tomato ketchup
- 2 tbsp soft light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 tbsp orange juice
- 85g (4 slices, crusts removed) fresh white breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 tsp dried
- 1 small carrot, grated
- ½ apple, peeled, cored and grated
- 450g lean minced beef
- Salt and pepper to season
- 150g pappardelle
- 1 ball mozzarella
- 1 black olive
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4/Fan 160. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and sauté the onion for 6-8 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute then transfer half of the onion to a bowl and leave to cool. Add the ketchup, sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce and orange juice to the saucepan.
- Add the breadcrumbs to the remaining onion and stir, then add the rest of the ingredients and 3 tbsp of the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon into an 8” / 20cm shallow round ovenproof dish. Level the top and bake for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, pour over the sauce and bake for another 10 minutes.
- While the meatloaf is cooking, boil the pasta in boiling water according to the packet instructions. Drain and toss in a little olive oil.
- Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Arrange the pasta over the meatloaf in lines to make a mummy effect. Slice two round slices of mozzarella and place two halved black olives for eyes on top and place within the pasta.
- Bake the meatloaf for 30 minutes then brush with some of the sauce. Bake for a further 10 minutes then brush again and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the remaining sauce until boiling and bubble for 1 minute. Serve the meatloaf in slices with the BBQ sauce.
Prep: 25 minutes
Makes approx. 900ml fizz and 1 melon
- Melon Brain
- 1 small watermelon
- Cranberry and Elderflower Fizz
- 200ml cranberry juice
- 150ml elderflower cordial
- 45ml sparkling water
- Use a vegetable peeler to remove the green skin of the watermelon to expose the white rind.
- Slice off the base of the melon so that it is flat and will not roll.
- With a cocktail stick or skewer, outline the squiggly furrows that resemble the surface of the brain.
- Finally using a small sharp knife, carve narrow channels along the squiggles to expose the pink flesh of the water melon.
- To make the potion, measure all of the ingredients into a jug and stir together.
Featured imaged sourced via Pinterest.