Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Easy Halloween Party Food


First of all sorry there is no Pin Worthy Wednesday day this week due to family circumstance of one of our members we have had to cancel for this week but we will be back soon.
So back to What we Eat Wednesday and I am sharing some easy and cheap ideas for Halloween food that kids will love.

Easy Halloween Party food 

 Mummy Three Cheese Pizzas

The great thing about these Pizzas are kid can decorate their own Mummy pizza and as these are small 6 inch pizza's each kid can have their own.
In fact slice the Cheese and tomatoes before hand and even the smallest of your little witches and ghosts can make their own Mummy.

Ingredients

  • 1 6 inch plain pizza Aldi do one for 75c in the fridge section or make your own pizza bases using my foolproof pizza base recipe - Here which would make a whole lot of party pizzas.
  • Edam slices  -  Aldi  €1.49
  • Gouda Slices   Aldi   €1.49
  • Cherry tomatoes 99c and you can use olives and pepper slices to decorate if your kids like them, my youngest is a plain pizza type of girl. 

The How to Bit 

These couldn't be easier just slice the Edam and Gouda into 1 cm stripes and place like bandages on your pizza then add half cherry tomatoes for eyes.  Then place in a Preheated oven at 200 degrees C and bake for 10-15 minutes. 


Mummy Hot Dogs

Sticking with the Mummy theme these easy Mummy hotdogs are so simple to put together for a Halloween party.

Ingredients 

  • One packet of puff pastry - Aldi €1.49 fresh or 2 rolls €1.99 in Freezer section ( good for making a lot.)
  •  1 packet of hotdogs  - Aldi €1.49 
  • Tomato sauce or paste I found paste looked better.
  •  1 egg beaten 

 The How to Bit 

1. Roll out the puff pastry and cut into thin slices length wise - you want long strips of pastry

2. Cut the hotdog sausages in half and wrap one half with the strip of puff pastry leaving a small gap for eyes.
3. Brush with the beaten egg and place in a Preheated oven at 180 degrees C and cook until golden.
4. Using a tooth pick and the tomato paste dot on two eyes when you remove the Mummies from the oven.


Ingredients 

  • All you need for these goulish burgers are burgers of choice - Aldi had Lamb and Chilli Cheese burgers for 99c this week in the freezer section. Or my local butcher does amazing fresh burgers with steak mince 2.40 for 4 they are very tasty. And would work with Veggie burgers too.
  • Buns Aldi -89c
  • Edam or Gouda Slices €1.49  

The How to Bit

  1. Again so easy just cut the cheese slices into circles using a large cookie cutter and then using a knife cut out your scary faces this activity is better for older kids.
      2.While they are cutting out you can cook the burgers on the grill on both sides and then add the    "faces" for the last few minutes to melt. 

Serve with warm toasted buns and your favourite burger toppings 




Creepy Chocolate Cupcakes 

Ingredients all available from Aldi

  • 4tbsp Water boiling        
  • 40g Cocoa powder - not sure
  • 3 Eggs I get mine from my fruit and veg shop 
  • 115g Self-raising white flour € 1.29
  • 165g golden caster sugar or brown sugar 99c
  • 1tsp  baking powder -65 c
  •  175g Butter softened -€ 2.19

Topping

  • 140g/5oz butter, softened
  • 280g/10oz icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or if you want it really creamy substitute milk for single cream.
  • few drops green food colouring
     
  • Halloween Sprinkles available from Aldi €2.29 I think
  • Writing icing - Dealz €1.49 for 3 Jane Asher icing 
  • Mini Oreos  -Dealz €1.49
  • Chocolate pumpkins and skulls were made using a mould and melted milk chocolate.

The How to Bit  

1.Line two 12-hole muffin tins with paper cases. 
2.Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl, pour in the boiling water and mix into a thick paste. 
3. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix with an electric hand whisk (or beat with a wooden spoon)
4. Divide the mixture equally between the 24 paper cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F, Gas mark 6) for about 10 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Cool in the cases on a wire rack.

To make Green Butter cream topping 

  1. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in the milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.
  3. Stir in the food colouring until well combined.

    Decorate the cupcakes as you like - the spider is made from a mini oreo  - even better let the kids do their own. We did this the other night around the table and it was great fun.


    I actually made these Mummy cupcakes first way back in 2009 but they are so easy that anyone can have a go. That year I made trays and trays of them for the school bake sale and they sold out in record time. The first time I made them plain but find they look great if you make Red Velvet cupcakes.

    You can either do this the hard way or the cheats way and while I prefer making my own cupcake there is no shame,if you are short on time, in buying a big packet of plain cupcakes and just decorate them.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes 

    175g/6oz Self Raising Flour
    125/4oz Caster Sugar
    150g/5oz Butter or Margarine (room temperature)
    2 Large Eggs
    2 Tsp Drinking Chocolate or 2tsp cocoa
    4 Tbs Water
    2 Tsp Red Food Colouring

    The How to bit 

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12 cupcake tin with paper cases.
    2. Beat butter or margarine and sugar in a bowl until light in colour.
    3. Add the flour, eggs, drinking chocolate, water and red colouring. Beat well until mixture resembles a thick batter.
    4. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases. Bake for 20 minutes until risen and ‘springs back’ when gently touched.
    5. Cool on a wire tray. 

    To decorate 

    Make up some butter cream as above - you can colour it if you choose too or leave it white.
    Roll out white Fondant icing into a thin sheet and cut into 1cm wide strips.
    Cover each cake with a layer of butter cream icing then lay the strips of fondant icing like bandages. Add Two Smarties or MM for eyes to each mummy and you are done. 


    Last but not least we made Bite-Sized  Caramel Apples last year, these are fantastic and great for favours to bring home- there is a great recipe and how to over at My Litter .
    The only thing we did differently was made the caramel by boiling a tin of condensed milk. Dip them in the caramel and then add sprinkles for a small bite size apple treat. 


     All of these recipes have been tried and tested by fussy kids and all were Halloween winners so why not rustle up goulish goodies for your little monsters this year .