If you are thinking of hosting a Halloween party we have some great recipes to help even the most basic of cooks produce fabulous and spooky looking food:
Daddy Longlegs Cupcakes
These cupcakes look fantastic and will have all the mums thinking you have been slaving over a stove for days. However it is all about the preparation from ready brought ingredients – Genius!
Readymade chocolate icing
2 Liquorice Allsorts (Or equivalent for the eyes)
Black string Liquorice laces
- Frost the cupcake with chocolate icing and cover with sprinkles.
- Press the eyes into place.
- Use scissors to cut eight 4-inch pieces of liquorice for the legs. Holding all of the legs together in a bunch, bend them in half and crease. Push the end of each leg into the cupcake as shown.
Easy Toffee Apples
Another really simple recipe for traditional toffee apples, a Halloween must have!
6 wooden sticks
4 (100g) packets original toffee,
2 tablespoons milk
Prep:8min › Cook:2min › Extra time:15min › Ready in:25min
- Remove the stem from each apple and press a stick into the top. Butter a baking tray.
- Place toffee and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly.
- Roll each apple quickly in toffee until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set. For best results, refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.
Toffee Apple Cookies
If you love a toffee apple and are feeling a little more ambitious why not take the theme but make them into cookies.
175g unsalted butter, at room temperature
140g golden caster sugar
2 egg yolks
50g ground almonds
85g chewy toffees, roughly chopped
85g/3oz ready-to-eat dried apple chunks, roughly chopped
225g self-raising flour
2 tbsp milk
- Preheat the oven to fan 170C/conventional 190C/gas 5. Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
- Stir in the egg yolks, ground almonds, toffees, dried apple and flour. Mix well together then roll into walnut-sized balls.
- Place well apart on two non-stick or lined baking sheets and flatten slightly with your hand. Brush with milk and bake for 8-12 minutes until golden. Leave to firm up for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
Recipe from BBC Good Food
Baked Apples with Prunes, Cinnamon and Ginger
This is more for the grown up’s if you are having a dinner party around Halloween why not theme your desert, with these gorgeous grown up take on a toffee apple.
4 cooking apples, cored but left whole
2 stem ginger balls, finely chopped
½ tsp ground cinnamon 4 prunes, chopped
50g light muscovado sugar
1 tbsp butter
4 big scoops good quality vanilla ice cream, to serve
- Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Using a sharp knife, score a line around the equator of each apple. Put them into a baking dish with a small splash of water in the bottom.
- In a bowl, combine the ginger, cinnamon, prunes and sugar. Stuff the mixture into the apples so that they are well packed. Top each with a knob of butter and bake for 35-40 mins, or until cooked through. To test, pierce with a sharp knife – it should slide straight through. The apples can be cooked up to a day ahead, then warmed through in the oven or microwave before eating.
- Remove from the oven and baste the apples with the liquid left in the dish. Serve hot or warm with the ice cream.
Recipe from BBC Good Food
Chocolate Spider cookies
Slightly more adventurous that the first recipe for daddy long leg cakes – but still not too taxing!
200g dark or milkchocolate in chunks
113g Pack of liquorice Catherine wheels
2X 154g packs of Oreo cookies
white and black icing pens
- Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Once melted, turn off the heat and leave the chocolate in the bowl to keep warm while you assemble the spiders.
- Unroll some of the liquorice wheels and cut into 2-3cm lengths to use as the Chocolate spiders’ legs.
- Splodge a small tsp of chocolate onto half of the cookies. Arrange eight liquorice legs on top, then sandwich with another cookie. Spread some more chocolate on top of the second cookie to cover, then put somewhere cool to set.
- Use the icing pens to add eyes, by first blobbing two big dots of white icing on each, topped with two smaller dots of black icing
Recipe from BBC Good Food
Another grown up recipe, after all what else do you do with the middle of your jack o lantern.
1.5l Chicken Stock
1 ½ teaspoons salt
400 g fresh diced pumpkin
2 sprigs fresh Thyme – stems removed
5 whole black peppercorns
100ml double cream
chopped fresh parsley to garnish
- Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic and peppercorns. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
- Purée the soup in small batches using a food processor or blender.
- Return to pot and bring to the boil again. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in double cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.
Make this pumpkin soup 100% vegetarian by using vegetable stock or water instead of the chicken stock.
Eerie Eyeball pops
Another effective but easy to do recipe to impress your friends at a kids Halloween party.
100g/4oz Madeira cake
100g Oreo cookies
100g bar milk chocolate, melted
200g bar white chocolate, melted
few Smarties and icing pens, to decorate
You will also need
10 wooden skewers
½ small pumpkin or butternut squash, deseeded, to stand pops in
- Break the Madeira cake and cookies into the bowl of a food processor, pour in the melted milk chocolate and whizz to combine.
- Tip the mixture into a bowl, then use your hands to roll into about 10 balls. Chill for 2 hrs until really firm.
- Push a skewer into each ball, then carefully spoon the white chocolate over the cake balls to completely cover. Stand the cake pops in the pumpkin, then press a Smartie onto the surface while wet. Chill again until the chocolate has set. Before serving, using the icing pens, add a pupil to each Smartie and wiggly red veins to the eyeballs.
Recipe from good food magazine
Finally a bit of fun to a family meal at Halloween. Turn a simple family meal into a Spooky feast!
1 lb ground beef
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
12 taco shells
3⁄4 cup salsa
3⁄4 cup sour cream
1 tomatoes, small cubes
1 small head lettuce, sliced into small confetti squares
1 (2 1/4 ounce) can of large black olives, sliced
1 cup cheese, Shredded & Long (cheddar is good, but a Mexican blend would be good too)
- MIX meat and seasoning mix. Shape half of the mixture into 24 (1-inch) balls; place in 15x10x1-inch baking pan and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
- Brown the remaining seasoned ground beef and add salsa.
- Fill each taco shell with a thin layer of ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes.
- Position 2 meatballs inside the taco shell and add a dollop of sour cream to each. Garnish with olives to make “eyeballs.” Spread the cheese out along to the top for stringy hair.
If you have your own Halloween favourite recipe we’d love to hear from you. If you are hosting a ghostly party this Halloween have a ghoulish time!!!!