Halloween is approaching and those of us who don’t do any trick-or-treating might search for another pastime. If you hate Halloween just turn off your doorbell and enjoy a quite evening. Maybe you should switch the light off in order not to have your house pelted with eggs by pissed off trick-or-treaters. Anyways, if you like Halloween, and maybe have some little trick-or-treaters running about your house or you’re invited to a party, you can do yourself and the people around you a small favor: start baking 🙂 Honestly, I’m not the most creative baker myself, however, last year I tried some recipes and I guess it didn’t turn out too bad. You can see for yourself below.
So, this “Five of the Week” is about 5 (hopefully) scary Halloween pastries/sweets.
1. Chocolate Spiders
200 g Dark Chocolate
100 g Chopped Hazelnuts
75 g Butter
100 g Brown Sugar
1 Pinch of Salt
1 Packet of Vanillin Sugar
250 g Flour
1 Pinch of Baking Powder
3 Packets (à 75 g, à 32 pieces) Chocolate Sticks
100 g Icing Sugar
44 Pearls of Sugar (blue, green or red)
Takes 1 Hour, Makes 22
1. Chop the chocolate and melt half of it. Then melt the butter and mix in: sugar, egg, salt and vanillin sugar. Stir in the flour and baking powder. Then mix in the melted chocolate and afterwards fold in the rest of the chocolate and the chopped hazelnuts.
2. Take two baking trays, cover them with baking paper and put 11 small heaps of dough on each of them. Then put one tray at time for 15-18 minutes into the preheated oven (Electric Cooker: 175 °C/Gas: 2/Fan oven: 150 °C). Divide the chocolate sticks in half. When getting the spiders out of the oven immediately put in 4 sticks on each side of the spider’s body. Those are the legs. Let the spiders cool.
3. Mix the icing sugar with 1 tbsp. of water. Put two small white sugar dot on the spiders’ heads and add two pearls for the eyes. Use the icing sugar to draw crosses on some spiders’ backs.
My personal favorite as they look so disgusting (in a positive way 🙂 )
11 Sliced Almonds
250 g Marzipan Paste
60 g Icing Sugar
30 g Flour
1 Pinch of Baking Powder
1 Tbsp. of Whipping Cream
Takes 40 minutes, Makes approx. 22
1. Separate the egg. Stir the egg white, marzipan, icing sugar, flour and baking powder until smooth. With wetted hands form approx. 22 fingers (with varied lengths, 6-8 cm). Put them on a tray with baking paper and push in the sliced almonds at on end of the finger to form a fingernail. Mix the egg yolk with the whipping cream and brush the fingers with the mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven (Electric Cooker: 175 °C/Fan: 150 °C). Afterwards let them cool on a cooling rack.
3. Brains-and-Eyes Muffins
250 g Flour
2½ tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Baking Soda
125 g Sugar
1 Packet Vanillin Sugar
8 tbsp. Rapeseed Oil
¼ l Milk
1 tbsp. Strawberry or Raspberry Jelly
120 g Double Cream Cheese
400 g Icing Sugar
Tube Icing (red and brown)
6 Chocolate Beans (green or blue)
24 Baking Forms for Muffins
Takes 1 Hour, Makes 12
1. Put two baking forms into each “hollow” of a muffin tray. Mix flour, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk the egg in a mixing bowl, then add sugar, vanillin sugar, rapeseed oil and milk. Stir until well mixed and mix in the flour-powder-soda-mixture.
2. Spread the dough evenly into each “hollow”. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven (Electric Cooker: 175 °C/Gas: 2/Fan oven: 150 °C). Afterwards let them cool an a cooling rack, i.e. take the muffins out of the “hollows”.
3. Warm the jelly, then let it cool a bit. Mix the double cream cheese with the icing sugar and take away 1/3 of the mass. Mix the rest of the mass with the jelly. Spread the white mass on 6 muffins and decorate them with tube icing and chocolate beans so they look like eyes. Put the rest of the mass (the one mixed with jelly) into an icing bag with a small round tip and spread it as “brains” on the 6 remaining muffins. Let them cool for 1 hour.
4. Finger Sausages
Unfortunately, I don’t have a recipe but these sausages are quite easy to make. Break in half as much sausages as you like and put sliced almonds on the “undamaged” ends. Put some ketchup on the damaged ends and you’ll have beautiful, severed fingers.
Take stoned lychee and put cherries in their middle. Pierce the “eyes” with toothpicks. Fill a bowl with the cherry juice and put the eyes into it.