From sweet treats to savoury delights, we have put together just a few of our favourite recipes for you to try this Halloween.
As a meal for the family or snack for your party guests, it’s time to knead the bloodcurdling base and add some terrifying toppings. This recipe serves up to 4 people with two slices each. The key to making this pizza truly spooky is to pick a cheese topping which will not melt too much when heated.
FOR THE BASE
300g strong bread flour
1 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
200ml warm water
FOR THE TOPPING
100ml passata sauce
240g packet of Edam or Mozzarella cheese for cutting into shapes
1 tablespoon of capers
First of all, preheat your oven to 240C/220C (fan). Whilst this is taking place, you can make the base by putting the flour into a large bowl and adding in the yeast and salt. Stir this all together before creating a dip in the middle of the mix to pour in the water and olive oil. Combine it all together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft and wet dough.
Next, take some extra flour and dust a clear and clean work surface. Turn the mix onto the surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth. If you want a thin crust, there’s no need to leave the dough to rise, but let it settle for 10 minutes before spooning the sauce on top and spreading evenly.
On to the most fun part – it’s time to decorate with themed toppings. Using either chilling cookie cutters or scary stencils, cut the cheese into shapes such as bats, ghosts or pumpkins and position on top of the pizza. If you want to give the creatures eerie eyes, use the capers to bring them to life.
Once you have decorated the pizza, pop it into the middle shelf of the oven for 8-10 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is slightly melted. Cut the pizza into slices and serve.
Creepy Crawlies Cookies
If time is tight, then why not get creative with what you have? For a spine-chilling sweet treat, decorate cookies to look like spiders. These are delicious party favours or surprises for trick or treaters. Adjust the ingredients for how many you wish to decorate.
200g of dark chocolate
250g bag of black liquorice twists
150g packet of preferred cookies
White and black icing pens
Start by breaking the chocolate into small chunks and placing in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt it. Regularly stir to check that it is not overheating.
Once it has fully melted, remove the bowl from the pan. Layer two cookies with some of the chocolate. On one of them, place 4 liquorice twists on each side to make the creepy crawly legs. Put the other cookie on top, with the chocolate covered side faced downwards.
Next, cover the top of the cookie with more chocolate and smooth it around the sides. Let it cool and dry before drawing on 2 eye-sized blobs of white icing, then smaller blobs of the black icing.
Frightening Fruit Skewers
If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to all the chocolate and sweets available for Halloween, then these fruity monsters will be a hit. Incredibly easy to make, these are great party snacks or desserts.
Wooden kebab skewers
Peanut butter or chocolate spread
All you need to do with this recipe is be creative! To produce the eyes, cut a marshmallow almost completely in half. Bend the parts back and gently push up the skewer and secure using some peanut butter or chocolate spread or another skewer. To help hold it in place, use a grape as a nose. Then craft the mouth by sliding 2 apple slices onto the skewer underneath.
Design different looking monsters by cutting shapes into the apple slices, use one marshmallow to form a Cyclops or add more skewers to make different shapes.
There are plenty of ways you can put a Halloween twist on all sorts of meals and snacks and we hope these recipes have given you some inspiration. Let us know what you create this by posting your pictures over on our Facebook page.
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