We love a scary movie when the kids have gone to bed, but our Halloween day is always filled with carving pumpkins and making spooky Halloween themed treats with the little ones.
Here are our top 3 quick and easy go to recipes this Halloween to make with the kids…
1. SWEET & SPOOKY
Indulge in a bit of Halloween baking with these sweet meringue ghosts. You can practise your piping skills to create different sized ghosts before adding chocolate chip eyes and mouths.
4 large egg whites
225g (7 1/2oz) caster sugar
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp white wine vinegar
handful dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to gas 1, 140°C, fan 120°C. Line 2 large baking sheets with baking paper. Put the egg whites in a clean dry bowl and with an electric whisk, whisk to stiff peaks. Add 1 tbsp of the sugar and whisk back up to stiff peaks. Continue adding the sugar in this way until it’s all added and the meringue is silky and firm. Finally fold in the cornflour and vinegar.
- Use a little of the meringue mixture to stick the baking paper to the baking sheets, a dot in each corner. Carefully spoon the rest into a piping bag fitted with a 2cm round nozzle, and twist the end of the bag. Holding the piping bag upright squeeze with even pressure pulling the bag upwards slowly as you do so. You want a meringue of around 9cm high with a pointy peak on the top. Repeat, leaving at least 3cm between each one. Gently press 2 chocolate chips into each meringue to create eyes.
- Bake the mini meringues for 1 hr, until they are crisp to touch and easily peel off the paper. Turn off the oven and leave inside to cool completely, ideally overnight.
- Melt the remaining chocolate buttons in the microwave. Then use the end of a paintbrush or teaspoon to paint a ghostly mouth onto each meringue. Leave to cool.
2. EYE POPPINGLY GOOD
Putting on a Halloween feast for little ones doesn't have to be difficult or costly – this Halloween party food idea is ready in no time and only has four ingredients!
Ingredients60g vanilla or chocolate frosting
12 Italian breadsticks
red hundreds and thousands, milk chocolate vermicelli or coloured strands
24 edible eyes
- Spread a thin layer of frosting over each breadstick (5g per stick), so that half of each stick is covered in icing.
- Place on a board lined with nonstick baking paper then gently sprinkle your chosen decorations over the icing on each stick, turning the stick as you sprinkle to coat it completely.
- Stick on eyes using a small blob of frosting.
Tip: These Halloween treats can be made up to a day ahead.
3. SLIMY & SCRUMPTIOUS
These slimy green Franken-feet are the perfect sweet treats if you don't have a lot of time or your kids are little. These creepy mini cakes are ready in a matter of minutes.
Ingredients115g vanilla frosting
extra strong green food colouring
MethodMix the frosting with a little food colour gel to get a monster-green colour.
Use a fork or skewer to add detail to the feet. Arrange 5 raisins on each to resemble toes.
Tip: Make up to a day ahead and store in a cake tin until ready to serve.