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Halloween Recipes

Halloween Recipes

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CARAMEL COVERED APPLES

Nothing says autumn like a caramel covered apple! Caramel Covered Apples make a wonderful Halloween treat and are very easy to make. It's a great recipe to have the kids help out with too

 

INGREDIENTS

MAKES 5 CARAMEL APPLES

40 - Caramel cubes

5 - Apples (we like Macintosh apples)

1 - Tablespoon of water

5 - Wooden sticks

1 - Wax paper

 

PREPARATION

Wash and dry the apples thoroughly. Remove stems and Insert the wooden sticks into the stem hole until about half the stick is in the apple. In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt the caramels with the water, stirring constantly until smooth. Now dip the apples into the hot caramel sauce, coating the apple completely. Place on greased, wax paper.

 

STORAGE & SERVING

Store your caramel covered apples in the refrigerator. Before serving, remove them from the refrigerator and allow them to stand for about fifteen minutes. We like to serve our caramel covered apples on a large black platter and use extra caramels as a garnish. 

 

JACK O' LANTERN PIZZA

Having a hard time feeding the troops of little ghouls before they go out to Trick or Treat? Planning a party, but can't think of a cute food idea? Try my Jack O' Lantern pizza!  This is a great recipe to keep the kids happy and feeding them before they go out treat hunting will keep them from eating anything until you can check out their candy first ... and get first pick of all the good stuff!  Or, whip up a couple for your Halloween party table. I use a Jack O' Lantern cookie sheet to make the pizza and add some touches to give it a real look. I hope you enjoy my Jack-O-Lantern pizza as much as I do! Tastes great, too!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 pre-made soft pizza crust

1 bag of pre-cut pepperoni

1 8 oz. bag mozzarella & cheddar cheese mix1 container pizza sauce

1 Green pepper

Jack-O-Lantern cookie sheet

your choice of veggies

 

PREPARATION

Following the instructions on the pizza crust tube and pre-baking the crust after you shape it to the Jack-O-Lantern pan if this is called for. After the crust is done, cover it with the pizza sauce of your choice; add pepperoni and any veggies you want. Cover liberally with the cheddar/mozzarella cheese mix, making sure to cover anything underneath it. Cut green peppers in to thin slivers, save a larger piece to make the stem. Lay pieces out to make the indentations of the pumpkin.  Cut pieces of pepperoni to make the eyes, nose and mouth of the Jack-O-Lantern. You could also use a yellow pepper to do this for variation on a meatless pizza.

 

Bake according to the instructions on the pizza crust wrapper, usually about 20 minutes, but you'll know when it's done. The cheese will be all bubbly and the crust will be golden! It looks so yummy, you won't be able to wait to taste it and, maybe, share with all your spooky friends! The finished pizza! It's almost too cute to cut!

 

But never fear, with your trusty pizza cutter or a sharp knife, you can carve this Jack-O-Lantern just as easy as the real ones. And this one is much more fun to eat! Serve hot, while the cheese is still melted. You could do this using a solid pizza crust, it won't be as cute since it won't be a pumpkin shape but you can still make a Jack-O-Lantern face.  

 

TRADITIONAL PUMPKIN PIE

It's not just for Americans anymore! What better treat for Halloween than a pumpkin pie? And let's not skimp on the whipped topping, pick up a carton of heavy cream and whip up some real whipped cream to top off your perfect pumpkin pie! I picked up a special pan to use for all my pumpkin pies, it's shaped like a pumpkin! You can find it at most arts and crafts stores that have a cake decorating section or at a restaurant supply store that carries cake decorating supplies. It adds that special something

 

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1-1/2 cups (12 oz can) evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt

2 eggs

1 tsp.ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

3/4 tsp. ground cloves1 

3/4 cups (15 ounce can) pure pumpkin filling (no spices added)

 

PREPARATION

Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a small bowl. Beat the eggs lightly in a separate large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and dry mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Press a pre-made pie crust into a 9-inch deep dish pie crust and cook according to directions on the package. Pour mixture into the pie shell.

 

BAKING

Cook in a pre-heated 425º F. oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the temp to 350º F., and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a knife tip inserted in the centre of the pie comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack or a cool counter top for 2 hours before serving. This also gives it time to set up, so when you cut it and set it on a plate, it will stay in one piece.

 

STORAGE & SERVING

Store in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or aluminium foil. Chilling will cause the crust to separate from the pie slightly but its better then getting botulism. Top with a whipped cream and there you have it! A classic pumpkin pie!  

 

GINGERBREAD CORPSES

Who wouldn't love biting the head off a little gingerbread man?? It's a perfect cookie for Halloween trick-or-treaters or for anytime you feel like being an aggressive eater! You can also modify this recipe to use sugar cookie dough and make them into mummies, vampires, Frankenstein's monster or anything your twisted little heart desires! But I'm going with the dead gingerbread men!

 

INGREDIENTS

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup shortening

1 egg

1 cup molasses

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons warm water

1/4 cup raisins for decorating

 

DIRECTIONS

1 In large bowl, cream shortening, sugar, egg and warmed molasses. Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add to egg mixture. Beat until smooth. 2 Slowly add flour, spices and salt. Mix until well blended. 3 Cover and chill for 24 hours. 4 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. 5 Roll out dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch on a floured surface. Cut out gingerbread men using cookie cutters and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on wire racks. 6 Use black icing to make an "X" where the eyes should be, you can also make a frown for a mouth using the icing. 

 

WITCHES BREW TEA

After a night of handing out treats, I like to sit down with a nice, hot cup of our special tea! It's easy to make and very relaxing, nice and spicy. Makes us think of autumn, chilly nights and spicy smells! It really warms me up and fills me with good feelings of Autumns past! You can also add this syrup to other things like soda, coffee, whatever you want to try.

 

INGREDIENTS FOR SPICE SYRUP

2 food grade cinnamon sticks

5 whole cloves

3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

 

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan bring syrup ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Cool syrup and strain into a container for storage. Syrup may be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered. I keep mine in a glass bottle, capped tightly in the refrigerator. Brew up your favourite tea and add a few drops to your cup of tea to taste. You can use a cinnamon stick for a nice garnish, make sure it's food grade cinnamon sticks and not decorative. Craft stores sell decorative cinnamon sticks for crafts and these have been treated with oil to keep the scent longer. They are not edible, SO DON’T BUY THEM!!

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