You’ll die for these wicked Halloween treats!
This has to come first because it really is the easiest recipe you’ll ever make, for the best reaction…and only two ingredients: bananas and chocolate chips. No instructions needed!
2. Deadly dentures
We loved this one for its comedy value. (If any of your guests have a nut allergy, better avoid it because of the peanuts.)
To make twelve you’ll need three green apples and one pot of smooth, thick peanut butter. Then a pack of yoghurt covered raisins or mini marshmallows, about six per set of dentures and a lemon and maybe some toothpicks to hold them together.
1) Section each apple into eight and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning.
2) Spread about 1 tsp. of peanut butter on each slice.
3) Stick 4-6 yogurt-covered raisins or mini marshmallows on an angle in the peanut butter, then place a second peanut butter-covered apple slice on top.
4) Secure with toothpick if needed.
5) Chill for 1 hour in the fridge before serving.
3. Cobweb cupcakes
Essentially you can choose any cupcake recipe you like (or even buy them ready-made - how truly evil!) but it's all in the decoration. The only bit of kit you will need is a piping bag, but they are easily picked up in supermarkets or online. The background is dark chocolate, with the 'web' effect created by piping four white chocolate circles on top, then teasing them into a spidery web pattern.
1) If the cupcakes are humped, cut the tops off so they are flat.
2) Melt dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl that is balanced over a pan of a small amount of boiling water. Don't let the bowl touch the water!
3) Carefully spoon the melted chocolate on the cupcakes, spreading gently with the back of the spoon right to the edge.
4) Now repeat the chocolate melting - this time for white chocolate.
5) Start by piping a white circle - a circle perimeter not a blob! - into the centre of the cupcake. Now pipe a slightly bigger circle around it. Then another slightly bigger circle around that one. If you have space, go for one more circle so there are four altogether.
6) With a toothpick or bamboo skewer, place the sharp tip in the centre of the cupcake and draw it slowly outwards towards the edge in a straight line, dragging the white chocolate gently with you. Repeat about seven times. The effect you create should be of a beautiful cobweb!
4. Tasty Bones
Whether you are enjoying the festivities of Halloween with your family or creating a dessert to accompany our Halloween themed game 'Spectre at the Feast', these skeleton bone meringues will go down murderously well!
Make sure all your equipment is clean, as the slightest trace of grease can ruin the outcome. For 18 bones:
- Preheat the oven to 100 degrees centigrade or gas mark 1 and line 3 or 4 baking sheets with parchment.
- Whisk 3 (large) egg whites and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice until soft peaks form. If using an electric mixer start on a low speed and gradually increase.
- Add 140g caster sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time and keep whisking until stiff peaks form.
- If you have a pastry bag, use a number 10 tip and spoon the mixture in (you can shape manually if you don't have a piping bag). Pipe 15 cm bones onto the baking parchment, starting at one rounded end. Go back over again to make sure it is not too thin and weak.
- Bake for one hour or until set.
- Turn the oven off and leave to cool inside the oven for an hour.
- Store in an airtight container.
- You can use red ice-cream sauce, or cherry/strawberry pulp for the trickled blood effect. Enjoy your wickedly morbid meringues!