It’s that time of the year again, when the days get shorter, and more time gets spent in the kitchen. With Halloween just around the corner, it can be a good time to get creative with young children or thinking about throwing a party. Whatever you decide, you’ll probably end up spending a lot of time preparing Halloween-inspired foods, probably even taking over your laminate kitchen worktops one afternoon. We’ve included five of our favourite Halloween recipes that are fun to try, either on your own or as a family.
While they’re mostly thought of as an American treat for Halloween, candy apples are really tasty and easy to make. Chocolate apples are a simple treat, to the extent that most of the challenge will be deciding between either sprinkles or no sprinkles. If chocolate isn’t for you, then you can try making your own toffee apples, but you may have a scarier time getting the caramel not to crystallise!
Step one: Place the apples in a bowl and then cover with boiling water to remove the waxy coating on the skin. When you’ve dried the apples thoroughly, you need to twist off the stalk and push a wooden lollypop stick into the stalk end.
Step two: Melt some chocolate in a bowl, coating the apples with the mixture. You could even decorate with sprinkles if you wanted to get creative.
Halloween isn’t complete without ghosts, and these biscuits are quite literally to die for! Who wouldn’t want to spend an hour or so creating spooky ghosts and getting chocolate everywhere? Plus, if you don’t have a cookie cutter handy, you can always get creative with your ghost shapes!
Step one: Mix the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together in a bowl until soft and creamy, before adding the flour to create a dough. Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
Step two: Put some flour down on the worktop before rolling out the dough. You can then use a cookie cutter in the shape of a ghost or create your own shapes. Place these on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Step three: Melt the white chocolate in a bowl ready for coating your ghosts, making sure to cover them completely, either by dipping into the chocolate or spooning chocolate over them. While the chocolate is still wet, add chocolate chips for eyes and leaving to set before eating.
If you’ve got the biscuit-making bug, then these skelly-bones gingerbread men will be both fun to make as well as a tasty treat! They also make an excellent alternative to the standard gingerbread man, and if skeletons aren’t for you then you can always dress your gingerbread to impress!
Step two: In a pan, melt the butter, sugar, syrup, and treacle before adding in the flour mixture to create a dough.
Step three: Put some flour down on the worktop before rolling the dough, using a cookie cutter to make man-shaped biscuits. Place these on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Step four: While these cool, mix the icing sugar and water in a bowl until it looks like toothpaste. You can then use a piping bag or spoon to create skeleton outlines, using the black writing icing to create a face.
Halloween is the season for indulging in sweets, and these creepy cakes will be perfect as a party snack. While making the cakes are straight forward, designing the web can get a little fiddly so it may take a few tries. However, if you keep at it, by the end you’ll have a whole host of webs that’ll be worth the stress when they’re complete. Plus, if you add in a couple of decorative spiders or some lace fabric, you can create the perfect spooky atmosphere with minimum effort.
Step one: Add the chocolate, butter, and coffee into a bowl and melt, before leaving the mixture to cool.
Step two: Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix the egg and soured cream together, before adding in the cool chocolate and pouring over the dry ingredients. Be careful not to overmix.
Step three: Spoon the mix into the cases and bake for 20 minutes. When cooked, leave them to cool fully.
Step four: Melt the dark and white chocolate separately, before putting a few spoonful’s of the chocolate into piping bags. Using the chocolate not in piping bags, spread dark chocolate on the top of half of the muffins and white chocolate over the other. Pipe four overlapping circles of the opposite chocolate over the top, before using cocktail sticks to drag through to create a web-like pattern.
If you want to create a showstopper, then this black cat chocolate cake will definitely cause a stir! Black cats are known for being a symbol of all things spooky, even if they do make some of the best types of pet (in our humble opinion, anyway…). While making this cake will take you the longest time on this list, it will be worth it when your guests see what you’ve spent your afternoon working on. Plus, it won’t just look good, it’ll taste pretty great as well!
The cat ears and whiskers
Step one: Preheat the oven to 170C and butter the sides and bottom of two cake tins, lining the base with greaseproof paper.
Step two: Mix all the cake ingredients together in a bowl until soft and creamy, before dividing the mixture into the cake tins. Bake for twenty minutes of until the cake is completely cooked. You can always check the centre of the cake by stabbing with a knife, and if it comes out clean it’s done. Leave to completely cool.
Step three: Mix the butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder and milk together. Melt the chopped chocolate before adding to the mix until nice and smooth.
Step four: When the cake is completely cool, place it on a stand and sandwich the two halves with buttercream before spreading the rest of the mixture around the outside of the cake.
Step five: Melt the milk chocolate in a bowl and pour onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. You can create pointed ear shapes and teeth by leaving the chocolate to cool and then chopping it up roughly.
Step six: Add the smarties or chocolate chips as eyes and creating whiskers using the icing pens.
With these five recipes, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, both baking and doing the washing up. If you decide you’re in the mood for a style change, we’ve got plenty of laminate kitchen worktops to choose from. If you’d rather check them out in person, we have stores located in Wigan, Preston, and Blackpool, or you can call us on 0345 0268 799.