Halloween tricks and treats

Halloween is one of the special nights of the year that allow families to enjoy a few sugary treats. We have included all the culinary tricks to make this Halloween an absolute treat. The stickier the better!

Silver mushroom toffee apples

Toffee apples
Nothing beats the lustre of a shiny toffee apple. The sticky sweetness has become synonymous with trick or treating and Halloween fancy dress parties. Fortunately, they are easy to make at home. While you will need to melt the sugar yourself, the kids can get involved in decorating their sticky apples with nuts (as below) or other treats such as hundreds and thousands.

Ingredients
6 large apples
3 tbsp golden syrup
250g granulated white sugar
110ml water
30g butter
6 wooden sticks
50g finely chopped mixed nuts

Method
1. Wash your apples and carefully pierce with the wooden sticks.
2. Chop your mixed nuts as finely as possible and set aside.
3. Gently heat your sugar and water in a non-stick pan.
4. As the sugar starts to dissolve and bubble gently, add the butter and golden syrup. Bring the mixture to the boil and resist the urge to stir.
5. Using a sugar thermometer, wait until the toffee reaches 140oC.
6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
7. Dry your apples and dunk them in the mixture. Use a spoon to ensure the apple is coated right up to the stick.
8. Allow them to cool a little more, then roll them in the crushed nuts until fully coated.
9. Give them at least an hour to cool before serving.

Courtesy of Silver Mushroom

Halloween Orange Cupcakes recipe from Lakeland.co.uk

Halloween orange cupcakes
Beware! These cupcakes are scarily scrumptious. The recipe below makes around 12, but as they’re sure to prove popular it may be worth making more than one batch.

Ingredients
100g soft margarine
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
100g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
Grated rind of 1 orange

Butter icing
Lakeland’s Duo Colour Icing Kit
140g softened butter
280g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
½ tsp orange extract
50g cocoa powder

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a 12-hole bun tin with cupcake cases.
2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and beat well until smooth.
3. Half fill each paper case with the mixture.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
5. Make the butter icing using the butter, icing sugar and milk. Flavour half with cocoa powder and half with orange extract. Use the icing kit to pipe the colours separately.

Courtesy of Lakeland

Halloween biscuits recipe from Lakeland.co.uk

Halloween vanilla cookies

Whether you’re nibbling on a ghost or feasting on a bat, these cookies are all treat and no trick! This recipe makes approximately 20 cookies.

Ingredients

150g unsalted softened butter
150g caster sugar
1 small beaten egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
300g plain sifted flour
Icing sugar
Water
Silver balls

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla and salt, and mix well.
3. Gradually add the flour and mix until incorporated. Bring together into a dough, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for an hour.
4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 3-4mm. Dip cookie cutters in flour before each use.
5. Arrange on baking trays and bake on the middle shelf for 8-10 minutes or until firm and golden. Cool on the tray for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
6. Decorate with icing sugar mixed with water and food colouring, along with piped icing and silver balls.

Courtesy of Lakeland

 

Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween can be fun for children, but trick-or-treating could be dangerous if it isn’t properly supervised. Here are five tips to keep this year’s events as safe as possible.

1. Plan a route. Trick-or-treating could take you some distance from your home, which can take its toll on little legs and possibly even get you lost. Map out a suitable route and stick to main and well-lit roads. Make sure you all wear comfortable shoes.
2. Visit people you know. Ideally, you will know most of your neighbours and take your children to their homes rather than the homes of strangers. Make sure you impress upon them the importance of not visiting people or accepting sweets when you are not with them.
3. Make yourselves visible. You may wish to dress your children up in cute costumes, but it’s worth adding reflective tape to their clothes or headgear so motorists can spot them easily. Carry flashlights so there are no trips or falls.
4. Leave the masks at home. A mask could make it difficult for your child to see and even breathe. Remove masks before leaving the house and use non-toxic face paints to complete the look. It’s also worth avoiding costumes that are too long, as they might cause children to stumble.
5. Check their stash. When you get home, make sure you check through your child’s treats. Remove anything that they might be allergic to, or anything that has been opened or is past its sell-by date.

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