KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: RECIPES FOR HALLOWEEN
Lollies are the signature nibbles of Halloween, but there’s so much more that can be cooked up. These recipes are sure to surprise your Halloween party guests or make an adorably spooky addition to a lunch box.
Makes roughly 17 monster bites
125g softened butter
2 cups plain flour
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
Peanuts or oats
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 bar milk or dark chocolate, finely chopped
1. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until you achieve a light and fluffy texture. Add in the egg as you continue beating the mixture.
2. Sift flour and baking powder into the bowl and combine thoroughly.
3. Shape a heaped teaspoon of the mixture into a round, flat biscuit shape and place on the oven tray. Sprinkle the top with peanuts or oats to create a ghoulish, warty texture.
4. Bake at 190c for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of oven and transfer to a rack to cool.
5. When the biscuits are cool, prepare the chocolate for the decorating process. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl that fits on top of a saucepan.
6. Fill the saucepan half-way with water and bring to a simmer. Place your bowl with chocolate on top, ensuring it does not touch the water. Stir with a metal spoon until melted.
7. Once biscuits have cooled off, flip the biscuits upside-down and spoon on some melted chocolate. Place a second biscuit on top to create a monster head.
Add facial features with mini marshmallows. Use the chocolate as glue to stick them down and hold them in place, creating eyeballs and pointy teeth. Don’t forget two tiny drops of melted chocolate to create the pupils of your monsters. Be careful, they may bite you back!
320g dried spinach spaghetti
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 crushed garlic clove
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 ball of fresh mozzarella
1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add the crushed garlic clove and gently fry for one minute.
2. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and basil and bring to the boil.
3. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for five minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Boil spinach pasta according to package directions.
5. When cooked, drain pasta and add to plate with a generous amount of your tomato sauce on top in a round shape.
6. Turn your yummy plate of pasta into a monster by adding slices of fresh mozzarella to create an eyeball and teeth, sliced tomato to create the iris of the eye, and sliced olive to create the pupil and eyelashes.
Dig in… if you dare!
PakMag Tip: Can’t find spinach spaghetti? Alternatively, cook your pasta to package instructions, add to a plate and mix in a teaspoon of fresh pesto to create that spooky green colour.