Halloween is not for everyone, but the scary holiday continues to rise in popularity with trick or treaters, fancy dress parties and pumpkin carving. So why not get involved and make your Halloween terrifyingly tasty with our selection of bewitching bakes to whip up at home. From ghoulish gingerbread biscuits and pumpkin fudge to frozen white chocolate banana ghosts there is something to tickle your fancy to ensure your Halloween is a scream.
Pumpkin & Ghost Gingerbread Biscuits
Celebrate the holiday by making these easy-peasy Halloween biscuits.
Ingredients: 125g butter, 350g plain flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp ground ginger powder, 175g light muscovado sugar, 3 heaped tbsp golden syrup, 1 large egg, 1kg icing sugar, orange and black food colouring, green ready to roll fondant icing.
- Grease 2 baking sheets with butter and place on a baking tray.
- Put the flour, ground ginger, baking powder and butter in a food processor and mix until is resembles breadcrumbs. Add sugar and pulse to combine.
- In a jug beat together the golden syrup and egg, and add to the flour mixture. Pulse until the dough starts to come together. Turn out and knead until you have a smooth dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 40 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180-200 degrees. Sprinkle a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to 5mm thick. Cut out pumpkin and ghost shapes using a cutter and place on the baking sheet. You should end up with about 20 biscuits.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until light golden brown around the edges. Remove and cool for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack.
- Put the icing sugar into a bowl and mix with 150ml cold water to form thick icing. Divide the icing between 2 bowls. Colour 1 with orange food colouring.
- Transfer 2 tablespoons of white icing from the other bowl and add black food colouring.
- Once the biscuits are cool decorate the pumpkins and with orange icing and the ghost biscuits with the white icing. Then add black icing for the ghost eyes and mouth. Leave to set.
Recipe by Sainsburys
Creamy, smooth, sweet and full of pumpkin spice, perfect for trick or treaters!
Ingredients: 2 tbsp butter, 500g caster sugar, 160ml evaporated milk, 180g white chocolate chips, 200g white marshmallows, 185g pumpkin puree, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract.
- Line a 23cm square tin with foil.
- In a saucepan heat the evaporated milk and sugar over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
- Mix in pumpkin puree and cinnamon, bring back to the boil. Stir in the marshmallows and butter, bring to a rolling boil. Continue to cook for around 18 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat, add white chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until creamy and all the chips are melted. Pour into the prepared tin.
- Once cool and set, remove from the tin and cut into squares.
Frozen White Chocolate Banana Ghosts
Turn a banana into a frightful ghost! An easy bake for family fun with the kids to keep them entertained.
Ingredients: 4 bananas, 200g white chocolate, handful milk or dark chocolate chips, wooden lollipop sticks, desiccated coconut (optional)
- Peel the bananas and slice in half.
- Gently melt the white chocolate in a bowl. Either by placing the bowl over a simmering saucepan of water or in the microwave.
- Place the lollipop sticks into the end of the bananas, and dip into the white chocolate once melted.
- Place on the baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Add melted chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth, before placing in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
Optional Extra: If desired before adding the chocolate eyes and mouth roll the white chocolate covered bananas in desiccated coconut.
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