If you fancy a bit of alfresco dining and can’t bear to put away your rattan patio furniture for the winter yet, Halloween is the perfect excuse to load up the garden table with spooky goodies. Here are some of our favourite Halloween recipes which kids of all ages will enjoy.
Halloween Recipes – Apple bobbing
It’s a must! Perfect for the rattan garden table since it can be messy. Try to make sure you use small apples that the little ones can get their jaws round otherwise it will be a very wet business.
Some Creepy Bits and Bobs:
Really effective – pour melted jelly into bendy straws to set. Any colour will do, but I’m fond of lime green mixed with dark red jelly. The ‘bendy’ bit will give your jelly worms really creepy ridges.
Halloween Recipes – Ghostly Bananas
Chop a peeled banana in half. Stick a wooden skewer up the middle of each piece. Put the bananas in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then dip the banana in melted white chocolate. Put it in the fridge until nearly set, then use dark chocolate drops to make eyes and a mouth.
Cut an apple into four parts. Then cut a wedge shape out of the skin side of one part – this is going to be your mouth. Press pumpkin seeds into the flesh along the cut sides to represent the teeth.
Halloween Recipes – Slippery Eyeballs
Peel some grapes – kids love the slimy feel.
Spider Web Eggs (with a nod to Martha Stewart) pic http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/how-to-make-spooky-spiderweb-eggs/
1 cup frozen cherries (or other deeply coloured fruit berry)
Put the eggs in a pan and cover with water. Add the cherries. Bring to the boil. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, take the pan off the heat and leave for 10 minutes. Then, use a slatted spoon to remove the eggs from the liquid. Take a wooden spoon to lightly crack the egg (the more cracks, the more spiderwebs). Transfer the cracked eggs to a new bowl and add the cherry liquid. Put the bowl in the fridge and leave to cool completely. Finally, peel the shell off the egg with great care to reveal the spiderweb design.
Halloween Recipes – Eyeball Cakes – chocolate delights
100g unsalted butter
225g chocolate with a high cocoa content. I prefer dark for that bitter edge.
200g icing sugar
2 tsp Vanilla essence
Chocolate eyeball Cakes (Cocoa Loca http://www.cocoaloco.co.uk/ sell perfect ones)
Heat the oven to 180 deg. Place paper muffin cases in a 12-hole tin. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave according to instructions, or use a small pan of simmering water on the hob. Add the vanilla extract. Take off the heat and leave to cool slightly.
Separate the eggs and whisk the whites to stiff peaks (as for meringues). Whisk the yolks with the sugar. Fold in the cornflour. Add the melted chocolate mixture to the yolks/sugar. Then add in the whisked egg whites little by little so as to trap as much air as possible. Put the mixture into the muffin tray and back for 15 mins.
Take the muffin tray out of the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Then press an eyeball into the centre of each slightly cooled cake. The idea is that the chocolate eyeball will melt a little around the edges to add to the effect. These cakes will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight tin.
Take a supermarket pot of fresh roasted tomato soup and spice it up for Halloween with mozzarella & olive eyeballs.
For the eyeball garnish, you will need some small balls of mozzarella and green olives stuffed with pimentos. Take a melon baller or sharp paring knife and carve out a dip for the olive to sit in. Don’t worry if the mozzarella cracks a bit, the eyes will just end up looking a bit bloodshot! Pour the soup into shallow bowls and stock each one with two or three eyeballs. Yum!
So, with the weather still mild, there’s simply no reason not to enjoy Halloween on the patio with the comfort of your outdoor furniture set.