Friday, 28 October 2011

Scary treats for Halloween

Scary Halloween Cakes
31 October is an ideal time to get children learning how to bake. Grandma’s recipes for biscuits and cakes make a perfect base to make simple, tasty Halloween treats. At this time of year, I love baking with ginger with its warm Autumn colour. Grandma's recipe for Ginger Buns/Cakes are perfect for decorating with scary jelly or white chocolate monsters.
Ginger buns
50g/2 oz butter
2 dsps treacle
50g/2 oz sugar
4 oz plain flour
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
A little milk to mix

Spread 12 bun cases in a baking tray.  Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat and add the treacle and sugar until blended.   Mix together the dry ingredients - flour, ginger, baking powder.  Mix together the egg and the milk and add to the other liquid when slightly cooled. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the liquid. Mix well.  Fill the bun cases with the mixture. Bake in a moderate oven for 15-20 minutes. (350F, Mark 4, 180 C)

You could make these as smaller cupcakes or larger buns in muffin cases but allow another 8 to 10 minutes cooking time for the larger ones. Children can let their imagination run wild and decorate with owl eye balls, ghostly monsters or spidery webs. 
Scary Ginger Biscuits
If you are planning an evening of ghoulish delight on 31 October, get scary with Grandma's recipes and enjoy a Halloween treat! 

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