Make Your Halloween Party A Success With These Scary Food IdeasBy The Eye Magazine published 9 November, 2011 No Comments
Halloween Biscuits and cakes
Ingredients : 250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened : 250g/9oz golden caster sugar : 2 eggs, lightly beaten : ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. 500g/1lb 2oz plain flour : red and black food colouring (optional) : 1 teaspoon baking powder : Halloween-themed pastry cutters : red, white and black writing icing : 200g/7oz ready-to-roll fondant icing : 1 tablespoon of apricot jam, warmed with 1 teaspoon of hot water. (You could try colouring the dough with black or red food colouring; it may not be pretty but it will be scary. )
Preparation method: Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl, then beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. (If the mixture looks a little curdled, add a spoonful of the flour.) If you’re using food colouring, add a few drops to the mixture. Sift together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl then stir it into the butter mixture and work into a dough using floured hands. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead into a ball (the dough will be quite wet). Divide the dough into two portions, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for at least one hour. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on lightly floured work surface. (It’s best to roll out one portion of the dough at a time, leaving the remainder in the fridge.) Cut shapes out with the Halloween cutters. Take a few limbs and heads off the gingerbread man for added gore.
Place the cookies onto the baking tray, leaving a gap between them in case they spread a little and bake for 12-15 minutes, leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once cool, use your imagination to create scary scenarios like red writing icing along the edges of the missing limbs and heads as blood. For the skeletons and mummies, roll the fondant icing out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a work surface dusted with icing sugar and cut out shapes using your Halloween cutters. Brush with the warmed apricot jam and stick the icing on. Decorate with the white and black writing icing.
And here’s some other easy to prepare ideas to make your Halloween party a success.
Monster Eyes : Cut boiled eggs in half adding an olive in the centre and use red food colouring for the veins!
Bats/Witches Blood : Mix cranberry juice and orange juice, red grape juice or black currant to make a yummy blood curdling drink.
Witches Fingers : Cook some chicken/fish goujons or fish/veggie fingers and stick a finger nail (a piece of flaked almond) on to the end of each finger using a little bit of cream cheese. Alternatively cut pizzas into finger shapes and add a slice of pepper on the end for finger nails!
Green Slime : Make up a packet of lime jelly and leave to set. Once it has set, mash it up with a fork and put in a bowl. Decorate with gummy worm sweets.