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Easy Halloween recipes for the kids to enjoy

With Halloween only a matter of days away it is a really great time for treating the kids. While they might go out trick or treating and get bags full of sweets, there is nothing more rewarding than making some simple homemade treats and “scary” food with our easy Halloween recipes!

Halloween themed cupcakes

Cupcakes are a simple treat to bake and always a winner. Kids love to bake so get them involved.

Ingredients:

Self Raising Flour – 175g

Caster Sugar – 110g

Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon

Butter – 110g

Eggs x 2

Approx 50ml of milk

You will also need cupcake cases and a cupcake baking tray.

Method

Before you start you will need to pre heat your oven to 180 0C. All the dry ingredients (flour, sugar and baking powder) should be first combined before breaking in the two eggs. The butter should be added next in very small pieces before mixing everything together with an electric mixer. If you don’t have an electric mixer the cheats guide is to melt the butter first and then stir by hand.

Add a little of the milk and mix again before adding the final bit of milk which should result in a nice creamy cupcake mix.

The mixture should be placed into cupcake cases within a cupcake baking tray and placed in the oven for about 15mins – they should be golden brown when cooked.

To turn them into spooky Halloween delights just get busy with the toppings.

Coloured butter icing is easily made by beating approx. 175g of butter and slowing adding 230g of icing sugar and the appropriate food colouring – red, green, orange and black are great Halloween themed colours!

It is easy to pick up some icing pens in the supermarket and using red to make dripping blood or black piping to draw out skeletons and ghosts.

For a little twist you can add some decorations such as Halloween themed jellies to really bring the cupcakes to life!

If you are looking for a really easy life then you can buy a pre made pack of cupcakes or fairy cakes off the shelf and just start with the icing fun!

Freaky Fruit

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without Toffee Apples. Simple Halloween food that the kids will love.

Ingredients:

Apples - approx. 8

Sugar – 250g

Butter – 25g

Vinegar – 1 teaspoon

Water – 125ml

Red food colouring (optional)

You will also need wooden skewers or lollipop sticks and a bowel of iced water.

Method

Add the wooden skewers into the apples and then make the toffee mix. To make the toffee bring the water to the boil and then mix in the sugar, butter and vinegar. Adding some blood red food colouring is an optional extra.

Mix until the sugar has dissolved and then boil for about ten minutes then remove from heat. Once the mixture has stopped bubbling, coat the apples in the mixture and dip them into iced water to harden.

If you prefer fruit without the sticky toffee, then turning your favourite fruit into a Halloween themed snack is easy by cutting or carving it into a range of Halloween themed shapes – how about a melon peeled and carved into a brain shape with red food colouring running through it, or ghostly bananas are easily done by chopping a banana in half and placing it on a skewers. Sprinkle some coconut and add some chocolate chips or raisins for eyes and mouth. Practically any fruit can be turned freaky with a little imagination.

Scary Sandwiches

Not everything has to be a sweet treat at Halloween. Turning your kid’s favourite sandwiches into scary Halloween grub is easy with a few simple ingredients and some cutters (or a simple knife).

Simple sliced bread with your kid’s favourite fillings can be cut into ghosts or witch shapes. If you roll the bread out first it becomes much easier to work with. Make it all a bit more gory with some red jam oozing out like blood.

We love Annabel Karmel’s idea of cutting the sandwiches into finger shapes and placing almonds as nails and some ketchup (or red jam) at the end to make some scary “Deadman’s Fingers” (www.annabelkarmel.com)

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