It might feel like we’ve only just waved goodbye to the summer, but autumn is now in full swing and Halloween is in fact, right around the corner. Often a big hit with children, Halloween is a great way to introduce a bit of fun to the kitchen, so we’ve brought together some recipes to rustle up with family. From a warming soup to hearty casserole and some deliciously indulgent cake, here’s five recipes to draw inspiration from if you’re going to be getting up to some wizardry in the kitchen.
- Pumpkin soup
With autumn’s coolness rolling in, we’re often left craving a hearty soup to warm us up. This is especially great if the kids have been out trick or treating and need to warm up! Pumpkin has a touch of subtle sweetness which children will love. It couldn’t be easier to make – simply cook chopped onions and the pumpkin flesh on a gentle heat for 10 minutes, before adding stock to the pan and simmering. Finally, add some double cream, purée with a hand blender and some with some crusty wholemeal bread.
- Nutty toffee apples
An all-time classic, these toffee apples are the perfect evening treat and an easy way to give Halloween at home a special vibe with minimal effort. Dipping the apples in boiling water will get rid of their waxy coating to help the caramel to stick – once this is done you can make the caramel. Here’s a great recipe to help you perfect the caramel and coat the apples. Once coated, dip the apples in a bowl of pistachios to add an extra bit of luxury.
- Sausage and pumpkin casserole
Another dish to embrace autumn and the Halloween pumpkin, this casserole recipe is a great opportunity to pack a load of wholesome vegetables into your children’s meal without much fuss. Alongside your choice of vegetables and sausage, fresh sage is a brilliant way to accompany pork with a lovely rich flavour. Good quality sausages are also essential here, so it’s certainly worth heading down to the butchers to see what’s on offer.
- Halloween cupcakes
Cupcakes’ simplicity makes them great to bake and decorate with children. The decorations are an obvious attraction for kids, so you’ll have to get creative with some chocolate, buttercream, icing and sweets! If you’re short of spooky inspiration, you can find some brilliant cupcake ideas here.
- Chocolate and pumpkin cake
Finally, you can truly satisfy the sweet tooth cravings with a big slice of cake for some well-deserved indulgence. Although pumpkin may seem like more of a savoury ingredient, it’s actually a fantastic addition to a cake mixture. There are plenty of different recipes combining chocolate and pumpkin, from chocolate chip flecked loaves to fully indulgent, layered cakes with rich buttercream like this one!
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