Something wicked this way comes…
I love Halloween. I’m lucky to live on a street that goes all-out for it every year; houses are fully decorated inside and out, and everyone is ready and waiting for trick or treaters on All Hallow’s Eve.
We bake something for our trick or treaters every year. It’s a fun thing to do with children, and the witches, goblins and skeletons that knock on our door seem really pleased to get something homemade. I think it makes a change from all the sticky sweets.
Here are a few of my favourite Halloween baking ideas for you and your family to try:
These are an inexpensive way to make a big batch of Halloween treats. It’s a great surprise for trick or treaters, especially if you tend to get a lot of them.
2 egg whites
110g caster sugar
1 tbsp white vinegar or cornflour (optional)
Chocolate drops / curls
Plain chocolate (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 120 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Put the egg whites in a large bowl, and use an electric whisk on a slow setting for a couple of minutes, so that the egg whites become frothy
- Up the speed to medium until you get stiff peaks
- Now put the whisk on a high speed and add the sugar, one spoonful at a time
- Whisk in the vinegar or cornflour at this point if you’re using it - these ingredients make the meringue chewier and stickier. Bear in mind it could be trickier for small children to eat though
- Gently spoon the mixture into a piping bag (if you don’t have any use a food bag)
- Use a bit of the mixture to stick the parchment to the baking tray
- Pipe mounds of mixture so that they get smaller towards the tip and form a peak
- Press in chocolate drops / curls for the eyes
- Bake for an hour and then leave to cool in the oven
- Once cool, you can melt the chocolate and dip the bottom of the meringue in
This is a favourite Halloween baking activity in our house; everyone can get involved and decorating the biscuits with icing is always fun. Also, just one batch of this gingerbread mix goes a long way…
You can buy Halloween themed biscuit cutters, or just use round ones and theme them with icing and decorations e.g. spooky spiders or grinning pumpkin heads.
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1tsp ground cinnamon
175g soft brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
a pinch of salt
- Line a baking tray (or a couple if you have them) with parchment
- Mix all the dry ingredients and place in a food processor
- Add in the butter, and mix until it looks like breadcrumbs
- Add in the egg and syrup and mix gently just until it’s all combined
- Wrap the mix with clingfilm, and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees
- Roll out the mix until it’s about 0.5cm thick
- Cut out your biscuit shapes and place on the baking parchment
- Bake for 12 minutes
- Leave for five minutes and then gently transfer them to a wire rack to cool
- Decorate and enjoy!
Everybody loves a cupcake and they’re pretty easily turned into something spooky by using Halloween-themed paper cases and icing / decorations. We bought some orange paper cases that were covered in bats, then decorated the cakes with an orange fondant icing a few years ago and it worked really well. There are loads of cake decorations out there too, so you could get a few and let everyone choose their own.
This simple recipe makes 12 small cakes, so double it up etc. if you need more than that.
100g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
100g self-raising flour
Icing & decorations
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
- Place your paper cases in your cake tin
- Cream the butter and sugar together until it looks almost white
- Beat in the eggs with a little of the flour
- Sieve in the rest of the flour and mix
- Half fill all the cases with the mixture
- Bake for 15-20 minutes
- Leave to cool on a wire rack and then decorate
I hope you have a happy (and slightly scary) Halloween!
Jo Murricane is a writer who loves food and drink. You can read all about her food investigations on her blog, jo-blogs.co.uk. Due to her passion for quality food and drink, Jo is also director of Leeds Food and Drink Ltd., http://foodanddrinkleeds.co.uk.