Bloody Bone Pie

Bloody Bone Pie

I am a big fan of Halloween and I had the idea for this Bloody Bone Pie months ago, I’m so excited to finally share it with you! It has a pastry base – but don’t let that scare you! If you don’t want to make your own pastry you can use shop bought or change it into a biscuit base, I’ve included full instructions in the recipe notes. It’s filled with sweet strawberry jam and creamy vanilla no bake cheesecake. The blood splatters are coloured white chocolate and the bones are meringue – for that extra crunch! I think it’s the perfect mix of pretty and creepy!

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To make the pastry I rubbed the butter, icing sugar and flour together with my hands. I added the milk and bought it into a dough. Then wrapped it in cling film and chilled it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  

I rolled the pastry out, big enough to fit my tin. It’s handy to roll it out onto cling film as it makes it very easy to pick up and transfer to the tin. I lined the tin with pastry and pricked the bottom with a fork.

  

Then I lined the pastry with baking paper and baking beans and baked it for 15 minutes until it was cooked through.

I took the baking paper and baking beans out, and baked the pastry again for another 10 minutes until it was golden brown. Then I left it to cool fully.

I filled the pastry case with a thin layer of strawberry jam. Then I made the cheesecake mixture by whisking the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla together until smooth. Then I added the double cream and whisked again until the mixture was thick and held it’s shape. I filled the pastry case and smoothed it over.

  

To make the meringue I whisked the egg white and cream of tartar together with an electric whisk until stiff peaks formed. Then I added the caster sugar, whilst whisking continuously. Once all the sugar was added I whisked for 5 minutes until the meringue was thick and glossy.

I piped out bone shapes onto a lined baking tray using a piping bag fitted with a circular nozzle. They baked for 1 hour, then I left them to cool.

Bloody Bone Pie

To decorate the pie I melted the white chocolate, then added the vegetable oil and red food colouring. I flicked and splattered it over the top of the pie using a fork. Then I added the meringue bones on top.

Bloody Bone Pie

The Bloody Bone Pie was so yummy! All the elements come together so well, and it’s kind of like an eton mess with the strawberry, cheesecake, pastry and meringue all combined.

 

I’m linking this recipe up with Cook Blog Share hosted by Everyday Healthy Recipes, Baking Crumbs hosted by Jo’s Kitchen Larder, and Fiesta Fridays.

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Bloody Bone Pie

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 200 g Plain flour
  • 100 g Butter or baking spread
  • 1 tbsp Caster sugar
  • 45 ml Milk or cold water will work too

For the filling

  • 500 g Full fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 200 ml Double cream
  • 80 g Icing sugar
  • 6 tbsp Strawberry jam

For the 'blood' splatters

  • 40 g White chocolate
  • 1 tsp Vegetable oil
  • Red food colouring

For the meringue bones

  • 1 Egg white
  • Caster sugar double the weight of your egg white to get the amount
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 5

  2. To make the pastry put the plain flour and caster sugar into a bowl and stir together, then add the butter and rub the mixture together with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs

  3. Add the milk or water and bring it together into a dough. Wrap it in cling film and chill for 30 minutes

  4. Roll out the pastry (you can roll it out onto cling film to make it easier to lift up) and line a 9 inch tart tin. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the pastry

  5. Scrunch up some baking paper and line the pastry, then add baking beans. Bake it for 15 minutes

  6. Take the pastry out of the oven and remove the baking beans and paper. Trim the edges for a neater finish if needed

  7. Bake the pastry again for 10 minutes on the same temperature, or until golden brown all over and cooked through. Leave to cool fully

  8. Turn the oven down to 90C/200F (it’s hard to convert this exactly into Gas Mark as it’s less than a half)

  9. To make the meringues first find out the weight of sugar to use, weigh your egg whites, then double the sugar weight

  10. Whip up the egg whites with the cream of tartar with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form

  11. Continue to whisk the egg whites with an electric hand mixer and add the sugar a spoonful at a time. When it is all mixed in, keep mixing for 5 minutes until you can rub the meringue between your fingers and cannot feel any grains

  12. Put the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a circular nozzle and pipe it out onto lined baking trays in bone shapes

  13. Bake the meringues for 1 hour, then cool fully

  14. Fill the pastry case with a thin layer of strawberry jam

  15. For the cheesecake filling use a food mixer with a whisk attachment or an electric hand whisk to mix together the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract

  16. Once it is smooth with no lumps, add the double cream and whisk until it is very thick and holds it's shape

  17. Fill the pastry case with the cheesecake mixture and smooth it over. Put it in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours

  18. Melt the white chocolate, then add the vegetable oil and red food colouring. Flick and splatter it over the top of the pie using a fork

  19. Add the meringue bones on top

  20. Serve immediately, store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within 2 days

Recipe Notes

If you want to give the pie a biscuit base instead, use a food processor or a rolling pin to bash up 350g digestive biscuits. Mix in 150g melted butter then line the tin all around the bottom and sides with the mixture, bake for 10 minutes on 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Leave to cool fully before adding the filling.

You can use any other jam besides strawberry but I recommend a red one for the 'blood' effect!

The meringue mixture may make a few more bones extra than you need to decorate the pie, but you can serve each slice with one.

You can find more of my Pastry recipes by clicking here! Or for more Halloween recipes click here!

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Chocolate Spiderweb Donuts

Chocolate Spiderweb Donuts

Let the Halloween baking begin! I’ve had lots of ideas this year for tasty yet spooky treats. I’m starting with these Chocolate Spiderweb Donuts which are so easy to make and packed with chocolate deliciousness! They are a baked chocolate donut, which are so simple to make with a donut pan. I highly recommend investing in a donut pan (or two!), they are not expensive and they’re easy to obtain from Amazon, plus there are so many yummy baked donut recipes on my blog that you’ll be able to make with them! I’ve topped the Chocolate Spiderweb Donuts with dark and white chocolate which I’ve ‘feathered’ to create a spiderweb effect – it’s such an easy technique, all you need is a cocktail stick!

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I started by mixing together the caster sugar, milk, oil, and eggs.

Then I added the self raising flour and cocoa powder.

I usually put the batter into a piping bag to make it a bit neater to dispense into the trays, but you can do it with a spoon too.

They baked for 12 minutes, then I left them to cool.

I melted the dark chocolate and dipped the top half of each donut into it.

Then I piped three thin circles of melted white chocolate over the dark chocolate, and dragged a cocktail stick through the wet chocolate to create the spiderweb/feathered effect. I left the chocolate to set.

Chocolate Spiderweb Donuts

And the Chocolate Spiderweb Donuts were ready for trick or treaters, or a Halloween party! My colleagues certainly made short work of them and they loved the chocolatey taste – not a spider in sight!

Chocolate Spiderweb Donuts

Baked Donuts are so fluffy and light, so the chocolate topping is the perfect partner. You could use milk chocolate too, but I liked the appearance of the dark as it felt more appropriate for Halloween. Either way, even spider phobes will happily tuck into one of these Chocolate Spiderweb Donuts!

I’m linking this recipe up with Cook Blog Share hosted by Recipes Made Easy, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Cooking With Aunt Juju and Canvassed Recipes.

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Chocolate Spiderweb Donuts

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the donuts

  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 30 ml Vegetable oil
  • 175 ml Milk cow's or plant milk will both work
  • 2 Eggs
  • 25 g Cocoa powder
  • 200 g Self raising flour
  • Butter or baking spread for greasing

For the decoration

  • 250 g Dark chocolate
  • 50 g White chocolate

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease two donut tins with the butter

  2. Mix together the caster sugar, milk, vegetable oil and eggs in a bowl with a whisk

  3. Add the self raising flour and cocoa powder and whisk in

  4. Divide the batter between the trays. You can put the batter into a piping bag to make it a bit neater to dispense into the trays, but you can do it with a spoon too

  5. Bake them for 12 minutes, then remove them from the tin (I use a spoon to gently prise them out) and leave to cool on a cooling racj

  6. Melt the dark chocolate and white chocolate in separate bowls. You can melt it in the microwave, make sure to use a microwave safe bowl. Heat the chocolate for 30 seconds, stir it, then heat in 10 second bursts, stirring in between

  7. Set the donuts onto a rack with a baking tray underneath to catch any drips of chocolate

  8. Dip the top half of the donuts in the dark chocolate and place back on the rack

  9. Put the white chocolate in a small piping bag and cut a very small amount off the end, pipe three thin circles on the donuts on top of the dark chocolate, then use a cocktail stick to drag through the lines to create the spider web effect

  10. Leave to set, or put them in the fridge to set the chocolate faster

  11. Store leftover in an airtight container and eat within 3 days

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Slime Cupcakes

Slime Cupcakes

I absolutely love Halloween and all the spooky themed food that comes with it. These Slime Cupcakes fit the bill perfectly as they look rather scary with their black “burnt” sponge, bright green “toxic” buttercream and creepy candy eyes, but don’t be fooled – they taste absolutely yummy! Once you bite into their menacing exterior you’ll find gooey “radioactive” slime inside! I used a lime marmalade to create this effect, but you could use strawberry jam for a “blood and guts” theme inside too. Kids and adults alike will love making these fun slime cupcakes to disgust and delight their family and friends over the Halloween season!

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To make the cupcakes sponges I creamed together the butter and caster sugar, then added the black food colouring.

I whisked in the eggs, vanilla extract and then the self raising flour.

I divided the batter into the black cupcake cases.

They baked for 20 mins, I had to use a cake skewer to check they were done as they were so black!

When they fully cooled, I used a cupcake corer to make holes in the middle of each cake.

  

I added a little bit of lime green food colouring to the lemon and lime marmalade, then spooned it into each cupcakes.

To make the buttercream I mixed together the butter and icing sugar. I added the vanilla extract and the lime green food colouring until I had a nice bright green colour.

I piped it onto the cupcakes then added the candy eyes!

Despite the spooky appearance of the slime cupcakes, they were extremely popular. Everyone was attracted to their bright and unusual colours. My friends and family were pleasantly surprised by the light vanilla flavour of the sponge and buttercream, and they loved the citrus zing of the lime marmalade filling.

   

I’m linking this recipe up with Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins, Bake of the Week hosted by Mummy Mishaps, Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Baking Crumbs hosted by Only Crumbs Remain, and Fiesta Friday hosted by Food Eat Love and Curry & Vanilla.

 

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Slime Cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcake sponge

  • 175 g Baking spread
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 25 g Black food colouring
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 175 g Self raising flour
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter
  • 400 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Lime green food colouring

For the filling and decoration

  • Lemon & lime marmalade
  • A few drops of Lime green food colouring
  • Candy eyes

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, line a large cupcake or muffin tray with black cupcake cases

  2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar, then add the black food colouring, you will need quite a lot

  3. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract, then add the self raising flour and whisk in

  4. Divide the batter between the black cupcake cases

  5. Bake for 20 mins, you will have to use a cake skewer to check they are done because of the colour!

  6. Let the cupcakes fully cool, then use a cupcake corer or a knife to make holes in the middle of each cake

  7. Add a little bit of lime green food colouring to the lemon and lime marmalade, then spoon it into each cupcake

  8. Make the buttercream by mixing together the butter and icing sugar until smooth, then add the vanilla extract and the lime green food colouring until you have a bright green colour

  9. Using a piping bag, pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes. Then add the candy eyes!

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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake (No Bake)

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake (No Bake)

Pumpkin spice is slowly gaining popularity in the UK, but there’s still definitely people that aren’t aware of how delicious pumpkin and pumpkin spice is in baked goods. Or no-baked in the case of this Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake! Most people in the UK think pumpkin is a savoury ingredient, but it’s wonderfully versatile and works so well in sweet recipes too. If you like pumpkin pie you will love this beautifully light and creamy cheesecake. There is pumpkin puree mixed into the cheesecake filling and it’s flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. This Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake absolutely screams Autumn, it’s easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. It’s quite a large cheesecake, it completely filled my tin right to the brim! So you could reduce the recipe if you don’t want it that big, but really, why wouldn’t you?!

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To make the base I used my food processor to whizz up the biscuits until they turned into crumbs. I added the cinnamon and melted butter and mixed them in, then I pressed the mixture into the bottom of a 23cm springform tin and put it in the fridge to chill.

Then I moved onto preparing the filling. I used my electric hand whisk to mix together the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, icing sugar, vanilla and pumpkin spice mix until it was smooth with no lumps.

Then I added the double cream and whisked more until the mixture thickened considerably.

I tipped the cheesecake mixture on top of the base and smoothed it over. Then it went back into the fridge to set overnight.

The next day I decorated it. First I melted the white chocolate and drizzled it all over the top. Next I whipped up some cream with icing sugar and vanilla and piped it around the edges. Then I sprinkled orange hundreds and thousands, and pumpkin shaped sprinkles in the centre. I also made some pastry leaves to decorate the Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake, which I brushed with edible glitter and placed all around the edge. Of course, you can decorate the cheesecake any way you like!

Those not in the know on the deliciousness of pumpkin were in awe of how tasty this cheesecake was! They loved how creamy it was, and how it was full of pumpkin pie flavour – and so did I! The sweet white chocolate drizzled on top was perfect against the velvety filling and the pastry leaves were an extra crunchy treat.

This Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake would make an awesome centrepiece for Thanksgiving, Halloween or a family meal during Autumn. It will certainly feed a crowd and is sure to impress!

If you like this, you’ll love some of my other pumpkin recipes!

       

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie, Simple & In Season hosted by Feeding Boys and Fiesta Fridays this month hosted by A Pug In The Kitchen and Ginger & Bread.

 

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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake (No Bake)

Ingredients

Pumpkin Spice Mix

  • 3 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice

For the biscuit base

  • 300 g Digestive biscuits
  • 125 g Butter melted
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon

For the cheesecake filling

  • 450 g Pumpkin puree
  • 450 g Full fat cream cheese
  • 250 g Icing sugar
  • 450 ml Double cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp Pumpkin spice mix see above

For decoration

  • 300 ml Double cream
  • 2 tbsp Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 50 g White chocolate melted
  • Orange/Pumpkin themed sprinkles optional
  • Pastry leaves optional
  • Edible glitter optional

For the pastry leaves

  • 115 g Plain flour
  • 56 g Butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Cold water

Instructions

  1. Mix the spices together for the pumpkin spice and set aside

  2. To make the base, use a food processor to whizz up the biscuits until they turned into crumbs. Or you can put them in a bag or a bowl and bash them up with a rolling pin

  3. Add the melted butter and cinnamon and mix them in, then press the mixture into the bottom of a 23cm springform tin and put it in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes

  4. To make the cheesecake filling. Use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or an electric hand whisk to mix together the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, icing sugar, vanilla and pumpkin spice mix until it is smooth with no lumps

  5. Add the double cream and whisk more until the mixture thickens considerably

  6. Pour the cheesecake mixture on top of the biscuit base and smooth it over. Then put it back into the fridge to set overnight, or for at least 5 hours

  7. To decorate, remove the cheesecake from the tin and put onto a serving plate. Smooth the sides with a butter knife to create a neater finish

  8. Melt the white chocolate and drizzle it all over the top

  9. Whip the double cream together with the icing sugar and vanilla, then pipe it around the edges using a piping bag fitted with a nozzle. Sprinkle the sprinkles in the centre

  10. If you have made the pastry leaves, brush them with edible glitter and place them all around the edge on top of the cream

Pastry Leaves (optional)

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a baking tray with baking paper

  2. Put the flour into a bowl and add the butter, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs

  3. Add the water, little by little, until it comes together into a dough

  4. Wrap it in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes

  5. Flour your work surface and roll the pastry out to 4-5mm thick, use a leaf shaped cutter to cut out the shapes and place them onto a lined baking tray

  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes until they are golden, then allow to cool completely.

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Ghostly Gingerbread & Pumpkin Cake Truffles

Ghostly Gingerbread & Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Happy Halloween everyone! I really love this time of year, my flat is currently decorated with pumpkins, candles, cobwebs and skulls, and I’ve also spread the Halloween ‘fear’ into the office as well. I always get involved in dressing up and carving pumpkins, it’s so much fun! One of the best parts for me is Halloween and autumn themed baking. I love to bake with pumpkin and try and make my bakes suitably scary. These Ghostly Gingerbread & Pumpkin Cake Truffles are no exception, filled with autumn flavours and then surrounded by Halloween spookiness! Here’s how to make them…

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I started by making the gingerbread biscuit middle of the truffles. I made a few more than I needed as this was an idea I invented, but it’s better to make too many than too little so I’ll give you the amounts I used. To start, I whizzed up ginger biscuits in a food processor.

I melted butter and mixed it into the biscuit crumbs.

I grabbed bits of the the mixture and rolled them into small balls, about the size of a blueberry. Then I placed them onto a lined baking tray. I then put them in the freezer for 3 hours.

To make the cakes I used Two Chicks new product – free range whole egg. You may have seen their liquid egg white before, which is super convenient for making meringues without having to worry about what to do with the leftover egg yolks. Now they’ve also released this one which includes the yolks, so you can bake with it, or make omelettes and quiches for example. I found it very useful for recipes where you want to change the quantities, you can’t halve an actual egg, but with this product you can!

To make the cakes I started by mixing together vegetable oil, Two Chicks liquid whole egg, caster sugar and vanilla extract.

I then added plain flour, cinnamon, mixed spice, and baking powder and mixed in. Finally I folded in pumpkin puree.

I put the batter into 12 cupcake cases to bake them. It doesn’t really matter how you bake the mixture, but I find cupcakes quick to cook and to cool.

 

I baked them on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes. I left them to cool fully.

 

 

When the cake was cool I crumbed it in the food processor.

Depending on how much your cake weighs, you need half the amount of full fat cream cheese. Mine weighed 700g so I used 350g cream cheese, I mixed it all together.

I got the ginger biscuit balls out of the freezer, grabbed some pumpkin cake mixture and made a patty. I placed a ginger biscuit ball in the middle.

 

 Then I wrapped the cake mixture around the biscuit and rolled it into a ball.
Once all of the cake was used up, I put them back into the freezer for another 3 hours, or until frozen fully.

 

To cover the cake truffles I used Renshaw Colour Melts in white. I simply dipped the cake truffles in and then set them onto baking paper. The chocolate sets really quickly because they are so cold from the freezer. You can also use white chocolate to cover them, but it creates a more yellowish appearance. To paint on the ghost eyes and mouth I melted a few blocks of dark chocolate and painted them on with a small paintbrush. I also painted ‘Boo!’ on a few of them too.

Cake Truffles

I was so pleased with the reaction I got for these cake truffles! There were ‘wows’ all round, and they all disappeared in less than an hour. Even people who weren’t convinced about pumpkin were loving them. It was such a great feeling. The pumpkin and ginger flavours went together perfectly. Let me know if you make these and what you think!


Ghostly Gingerbread & Pumpkin Cake Truffles

Ingredients

  • 200 g Ginger biscuits
  • 75 g Butter
  • 115 ml Vegetable oil
  • 90 ml Liquid whole egg (or beaten eggs)
  • 200 g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 225 g Plain flour
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice
  • 200 g Pumpkin puree
  • 350 g Cream cheese
  • 300 g Renshaw Colour Melts in White
  • 6 squares Dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Start by making the gingerbread biscuit middle of the truffles. Whizz up the ginger biscuits in a food processor
  2. Melt the butter and mix it into the biscuit crumbs
  3. Take bits of the mixture and roll them into small balls, about the size of a blueberry. Place them onto a lined baking tray and put them in the freezer for 3 hours
  4. Then make the cakes. Mix together the vegetable oil, liquid whole egg, caster sugar and vanilla extract
  5. Then add the flour, cinnamon, mixed spice and baking powder. Finally fold in the pumpkin puree
  6. Put the batter into 12 cupcake cases and bake them on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes. Leave them to cool fully. When the cake is cool, crumb it in the food processor
  7. Depending on how much your cake weighs, you need half the amount of full fat cream cheese. Mine weighed 700g so I used 350g cream cheese. Mix the cake crumbs and cream cheese together
  8. Get the ginger biscuit balls out of the freezer, grab some pumpkin cake mixture and make a patty. Place a ginger biscuit ball in the middle then wrap the cake mixture around the biscuit and roll the whole thing into a ball
  9. Once all of the cake is used up, put the cake truffles into the freezer for another 3 hours, or until frozen fully
  10. Melt the white chocolate, dip the cake truffles into it and then set them onto baking paper. Melt the dark chocolate and paint designs on with a small paintbrush

Recipe Notes

Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead

Pumpkin cupcakes recipe adapted from Marie Claire. I was sent the Two Chicks liquid egg for free, all opinions are my own.

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Bleeding Brain Cupcakes

Bleeding Brain Cupcakes

I love celebrating Halloween and every year I decorate my home with candles and pumpkins to celebrate. It’s such a fun time of year and a great opportunity to get creative with baking. These Bleeding Brain Cupcakes are perfect spooky treats to delight family, friends, or your local trick or treaters! They are made with a simple red velvet sponge, filled with strawberry or raspberry jam and then decorated to look like a brain, which is so easy to do. They’re definitely the yummiest brains I’ve ever eaten!

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To make the sponge I creamed together the butter and sugar, then I whisked in the eggs and buttermilk. Next I added the cocoa powder and flour and whisked them in, then enough red food colouring for a bright shade.

Then I divided the mixture between 12 black cupcake cases.

They baked for 20 minutes, then I put them on a rack to cool fully.

Once they were fully cool, I removed the centre with a cupcake corer and filled them with strawberry jam.

I made the buttercream by mixing the icing sugar, butter, vanilla extract and pink food colouring together.

Then I piped it onto the cupcakes using a circular nozzle, I piped a line down the centre first, then squiggles on either side.

Bleeding Brain Cupcakes

And the Bleeding Brain Cupcakes were ready for any nearby hungry zombies!

Bleeding Brain Cupcakes

My friends and colleagues absolutely loved these creepy Bleeding Brain Cupcakes! They were gone in no time and I had lots of compliments on the flavour and appearance. I hope you enjoy making them for your Halloween celebrations!

Bleeding Brain Cupcakes

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 175 g Butter or baking spread
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 65 ml Buttermilk
  • 175 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • Red food colouring I use Pro Gel

For the filling

  • Strawberry or Raspberry Jam

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter or baking spread
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Pink food colouring I use Pro Gel

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line a muffin/cupcake tin with black cupcake cases

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl with a wooden or silicone spoon

  3. Add the eggs, buttermilk and enough red food colouring to get a very bright red colour, and whisk them in

  4. Add the cocoa powder and flour, whisk in

  5. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases

  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean, then put them on a rack to cool full

  7. Once fully cool, use a cupcake corer or a knife to make a hole in the centre of each cupcake

  8. Fill each hole with the jam

  9. To make the buttercream, mix together the butter and icing sugar with a spoon or electric hand whisk, when it starts to come together, add the vanilla and a small amount of pink food colouring and mix until smooth. You only want a pale pink colour so be sparing with the pink food colouring

  10. Put the buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a circular nozzle. Pipe a line down the centre of the cupcake, then squiggles on either side for the brain effect

  11. Keep in a cool place, and eat leftovers within 3 days

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Pumpkin Custard Donuts: GBBO Week #8

Pumpkin Custard Donuts: GBBO Week #8

We’re at the quarter finals now and the challenges are getting more difficult to really test the bakers. This week’s theme was advanced dough and for the first challenge the bakers had to make a sweet fruit loaf with an enriched dough. They could use any filling or flavour they wanted, the only rule was that no tins were allowed. The loaves had to be free form. Paul told us that enriched dough benefits from a slow prove as the butter, eggs and sugar that are added to the dough slows the yeast down.

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Nancy hurried up here proving time by microwaving her dough. Paul was concerned about her doing this, but she had practised it at home with success. The dough certainly rose and her loaf was absolutely massive! It turned out ok, but was slightly underbaked. Luis added a cherry brandy soaked sugar cube to the middle of each of his fruit buns, which he used to make a tree shaped loaf.The judges thought it looked spectacular and it was also baked very well.

 

Paul Hollywood was on form and stalked the bakers as they decorated their loaves, provoking many shaky hands no doubt! Martha’s Spiced Plum loaf was a little underbaked, but the judges liked the flavour. Chetna made a Date & Walnut loaf which Paul thought had too much cinnamon in, but looked good and was baked well. Richard did very well and the judges had nothing bad to say!

The technical bake this week was Povitica, a Croatian swirled bread. Exactly what Chetna made in the first challenge, except shaped slightly differently. She was certainly pleased! It is an Eastern European cross between a bread and a pastry. All the other bakers immediately started wracking their brains trying to remember what Chetna did in the morning! Nancy was back to the microwave again to make the filling more pliable for spreading onto the dough, and Richard was right behind her copying the technique! Or as he called it ‘learning by looking’!

 

 

Chetna knew how long to prove and bake the dough for which was key to the recipe. Of course that information was not included in the recipe provided so she certainly had an advantage. I’m surprised they kept the challenge the same to be honest, as they obviously know what the bakers are going to make for the signature in advance. She came first, of course, Luis came second and Nancy third. Martha was fifth and Richard fourth.

 

One of my favourite showstoppers ever was this week – donuts! Who doesn’t like these delicious, deep fried, jam filled treats?! I’ve never wished so hard to be the chief taste tester in the tent. The bakers had to make two different types of donuts. I was so impressed with Luis’ Raspberry Mojito and Mudslide Donuts. Baileys is one of my favourite liquors and I would’ve taken care of most of these! Chetna made a South African inspired braided donut called a Koeksister which has potato in the dough.

Richard went for heart shaped Rhubarb & Custard Donuts and Toffee Apple Donuts, which the judges loved and Paul called ‘professional’. Nancy made half her donuts for adults by flavouring them with Limoncello, and the other half for children by decorating them with a familiar face. They were slightly irregular in terms of colour and a little dry, but had great flavour. Martha accidentally overproved her Passionfruit Curd Donuts which meant the were quite flat instead of puffed up.

Martha left the competition this week after coming last in the technical and overproving her showstopper. The level of baking talent and knowledge she has for a young girl is very impressive, and I think she will do well after the programme. Richard broke a record by becoming star baker for the fourth time!

This week I decided to make these golden deep fried Pumpkin Custard Donuts. I’ve made baked donuts before, but never the fried kind so I had to give it a go. They are a lot more involved and do take more time to make, but believe me the results are worth it!

I started with the pumpkin custard first. In a bowl I weighed out granulated sugar, plain flour, cornflour, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice.

In a pan I warmed whole milk and vanilla extract until it steamed.

Whilst it was heating I whisked up egg yolks and pumpkin puree.

I sieved the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture and whisked to make sure there were no lumps. I poured in half the warmed milk, whisking as I poured.

Then I poured the mixture back into the pan with the rest of the milk and heated it for about 4 minutes, continuously whisking, until it thickened.

Once thick I put it in a bowl and covered with cling film. I made sure the cling film was pressed right against the custard, so a ‘skin’ didn’t form. I put it in the fridge to cool down completely.

To make the dough I started by melting milk and butter. I left it to cool for 10 minutes covered with a lid until tepid, and added dried yeast and caster sugar. Then I mixed in eggs.

I weighed out plain flour and mixed in salt and caster sugar.

I made a well in the flour and poured the wet mixture in.

It formed a rough dough and I kneaded it for 10 minutes. It was pretty sticky so I oiled my hands.

I placed the dough into an oiled bowl, covered it and put it in a warm place for 2 hours.

After the first prove it had doubled in size nicely!

I split the dough up into 16 equal pieces and rolled them into balls. I covered them with loose cling film and tea towels and left them in warm place for the second prove.

They rose again nicely, but they did stick to the baking paper so I would dust some flour on it next time.

I set up the vegetable oil in a large jam making pan with a food thermometer attached. I heated it slowly until it reached 350F/180C.

First, I tested a chunk of bread to check the heat was ready, then I gently placed two of the donuts at time in the oil and fried for about 1 minute per side until dark golden brown.

I fished them out with a slotted spoon and put them on kitchen towel to cool down.

I used a piping bag to fill the donuts with the custard once they were completely cool. I punched a hole in the side and filled until the custard resisted or started to come out. Then I iced the top with regular icing sugar mixed with a cinnamon and water.

One of my most popular bakes yet, these Pumpkin Custard Donuts went down extremely well and my colleagues gobbled them up, I was breaking diets left right and centre! The Pumpkin Custard Donuts were very tasty, the cinnamon really came through and the dough was lovely and soft. You could fill them with anything you want, jam of course is the classic choice. It is a lot of effort to make these, so I don’t know if it’s something I’ll do again soon, but they are definitely worth it for a special occasion or an indulgent treat!

Pumpkin Custard Donuts

Servings 16

Ingredients

For the custard

  • 112 g Granulated sugar
  • 35 g Plain flour
  • 25 g Cornflour
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 450 ml Whole milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 6 Egg yolks
  • 165 g Pumpkin puree

For the donuts

  • 75 g Butter
  • 150 ml Semi skimmed milk
  • 425 g Plain flour
  • 2 tsp Dried yeast
  • 50 g + 1 tbsp Caster sugar
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

For the icing

  • 100 g Icing sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon

For frying

  • 1 litre Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. Start by making the custard. In a bowl weigh out the granulated sugar, plain flour, cornflour, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice

  2. In a pan warm the whole milk and vanilla extract on a low-medium heat until it steams
  3. Whisk up the egg yolks and pumpkin puree
  4. Sieve the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture and whisk to make sure there are no lumps. Pour in half the warmed milk, whisking as you pour
  5. Then pour the mixture back into the pan with the rest of the milk and heat it for about 4 minutes, continuously whisking, until it thickens
  6. Once thick, put it in a bowl and cover with cling film. Make sure the cling film is pressed right against the custard, so a 'skin' doesn't form. Put it in the fridge to cool down completely
  7. To make the dough warm the semi skimmed milk and butter in a pan. Leave it to cool until tepid, and add the dried yeast and the 1 tbsp caster sugar. Leave it for 10 minutes, covered with a lid. Then mix in the eggs
  8. Weigh out the plain flour and mix in the salt and 50g of the caster sugar

  9. Make a well in the flour and pour the wet mixture in
  10. Form a rough dough and knead it for 10 minutes. It will be sticky so flour your hands and work surface
  11. Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover it and put it in a warm place for 2 hours, it will double in size
  12. Split the dough up into 16 equal pieces and roll them into balls, put them onto lined and floured baking trays
  13. Cover them with loose cling film and tea towels and leave them in warm place for 1 hour 30 minutes
  14. Pour the vegetable oil into a large pan with a food thermometer attached. Heat it slowly until it reaches 350F/180C
  15. Gently place two of the donuts at time in the oil and fry for about 1 minute per side until dark golden brown
  16. Fish them out with a slotted spoon and put them on kitchen towel to cool down
  17. Use a piping bag fitted with a nozzle to fill the donuts with the custard once they are completely cool. Punched a hole in the side with the nozzle and fill until the custard resists or starts to come out
  18. Mix the icing sugar and cinnamon with enough water to make a smooth paste and drizzle over the donuts

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Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts

I absolutely love pumpkin spice, and baked donuts are one of my favourite things to make. They’re also really easy to make! So Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts are the perfect combination for me. They are packed with Autumn spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, they are deliciously moist and drizzled with a sweet cinnamon icing. Grab yourself some donut pans to make this recipe (check the Amazon link towards the end of this post) and you’ll be surprised at how easy they are to put together!

Jump straight to the recipe!

To make the donuts I mixed together eggs, pumpkin puree, caster sugar, vegetable oil and milk.

In another bowl I stirred plain flour, cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg and ginger together.

I added the dry ingredients to the wet ones and whisked until smooth.

Then I poured the batter into my greased donut pans and baked for 12 minutes.

When they were baked I put them on a cooling rack to cool completely.

I made cinnamon icing for the donuts by adding water to icing sugar and cinnamon. Then I drizzled it over the Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts

Wow these Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts were tasty! They were light, moist and full of spices.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts

My friends and colleagues loved these donuts, and many yummy noises were made! I do find you just can’t eat one!

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the donuts

  • Butter or baking spread for greasing
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 175 g Pumpkin puree
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 150 ml Milk Cow's or plant milk will both work
  • 30 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Ground ginger
  • 225 g Plain flour

For the icing

  • 100 g Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease two donut tins with the butter

  2. Mix together the caster sugar, milk, vegetable oil, pumpkin puree and eggs in a bowl with a whisk

  3. In another bowl stir the plain flour, cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger and nutmeg together

  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and whisk together well

  5. Divide the batter between the trays. You can put the batter into a piping bag to make it a bit neater to dispense into the trays, but you can do it with a spoon too

  6. Bake them for 12 minutes, then remove them from the tin (I use a spoon to gently prise them out) and leave to cool on a cooling rack

  7. Stir the icing sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and add enough water to make a drizzling icing

  8. Set the donuts onto a rack with a baking tray underneath to catch any drips

  9. Either put the icing in a piping bag and drizzle it over the donuts or use a spoon to drizzle it

  10. Store leftovers in an airtight container and eat within 3 days

Recipe Notes

Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead

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“Zombie Brain” Charlotte Royale: GBBO Week #9

Can you believe it was the semi finals of The Great British Bake Off on Tuesday?! That means next week is the final! And then it’s all over for another year. The episode began with the first challenge – to make savoury canapes. Three types were requested, one to be made with choux, one with pastry, and the third was baker’s choice. Beca knew already what the judges wanted, for the canapes to taste good and look amazing!
 

Mary warned that so much can go wrong when making canapes and the baker’s must pace themselves to get everything done. She wanted the finish of the canapes to be absolute perfect. Paul was also after precision, uniform size, and flavours that pack a big punch in small space. I loved Frances’ theming of her canapes (pictured above), and they really did look great. Paul was blown away by the taste and even shook her hand!

Kimberley also did very well, with great flavour and originality, and the judges were very happy to eat up all of her food! Ruby had mixed results, but it was overall quite pleasant. Beca did not fair so well and received the most negative comments.

The technical challenge was to make a Charlotte Royale, which I have never heard of, but Sue helpfully told the bakers that it looked like a brain! This dessert involves slices of swiss roll filled with jam, that form a dome around a set fruit custard, also called a bavarois. It involves several techniques that you must perfect to make it turn out right. The custard must not seep through the swiss rolls, which must be packed tightly in the bowl whilst retaining their shape.

In typical style, everyone except Kimberley looked a bit concerned about this challenge. I love how Kimberley approaches everything so positively! It worked for her too as her Charlotte Royale came out beautifully and she won the challenge, Frances came in second and Beca in third, both with decent looking Charlotte’s. Unfortunately Ruby’s was a bit of a disaster and she was last.

For the final challenge, an Opera Cake was requested. This is an elaborate French dessert made from seven even layers, which primarily involve a sponge called Joconde made from egg whites and ground almonds. The layers of sponge are sandwiched together with buttercream, syrup, ganache and finally covered in a chocolate glaze. It’s purpose is to represent the four acts of opera.

 

The judges wanted to layers to be clearly defined and of an even size. Although an Opera Cake is traditionally make with coffee, the baker’s could choose their own flavours. Mary wanted sheer perfection, and Paul said that this is one of hardest cakes to do properly.

Frances’ White Chocolate, Lavender and Lemon Opera Cake (pictures above) was the most good looking, although sadly it let down on flavour. Kimberley’s modern looking Passion Fruit & Lime Opera Cake (pictured top) looked great with tuilles and truffles as decorations, but was let down also on flavour. Ruby’s Opera Cake (pictured middle) suffered issues with a collapsed side, but Paul and Mary liked the flavours and textures. They didn’t like Beca’s Banoffee Opera Cake, as the banana flavour came from an artificial essence.

Sadly it was Beca that left us this week. Ruby was once again saved by flavours, but Frances and Kimberley both really shone this week, with Kimberley claiming star baker. Beca was very upset at leaving so close to the final, but said it had been an amazing experience. Next week it’s the final!! And I saw what looked like basket pies and three tired cakes in the preview.

Although a Charlotte Royale looked and sounded unappealing to me, I was discussing it with my colleague and mentioned how Sue had called it a ‘brain’. He suggested that I make a Zombie Brain Charlotte Royale for Halloween. I thought this would be brilliant! Suddenly a Charlotte Royale seemed very appealing! I changed a few elements, such as making a chocolate sponge, using bright green buttercream, and making the custard bloody red. I also omitted the fruit.

I started with the chocolate swiss roll. I followed the same recipe I used to make a Bûche de Noël (Yule Log) last year, which is a Mary Berry recipe. I started by whisking up 4 eggs and 100g caster sugar in my food mixer until it was frothy.

Then sifted in 65g self-raising flour and 40g cocoa powder and folded it into the egg mixture gently so as not to lose the frothiness.

 

I put it into a lined baking tray (I don’t have a swiss roll tin, but this works just as well) and baked on 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 8-10 minutes. It sprang back up when I pressed it with a fingertip.

I prepared a sheet of baking paper dusted generously with icing sugar, I tipped the sponge out onto this while it was still hot, peeled off the baking paper it was baked in, and used a knife to make a grove along one end about 2cm from the end. Then I rolled the sponge up as tight as I could, taking the paper with it. I left it to cool fully still wrapped in the paper. This gives the sponge a ‘muscle memory’ so to speak, so it will not crack.

Once it was cool I prepared a buttercream filling using 100g butter, 200g icing sugar and Sugarflair Mint Green food colouring. If you have a neon green this would be even better. I gently unrolled the sponge, smoothed on the buttercream, then rolled back up again this time removing the baking paper.

I lined my bowl with cling film. I used a Pyrex 2L bowl from Tesco. I cut the swiss roll into slices and lined the bowl. There were a lot of gaps so I cheated by using some of the roll to fill in the gaps! I held the bowl up to the light to help me see where the gaps were. I didn’t want any filling seeping through!

For the bavarois, which is the custard mousse filling of a Charlotte Royale. I used an Anna Olsen recipe. First I made custard by simmering 225ml whole milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract in a pan. In a bowl I whisked up 4 egg yolks and 135g caster sugar until smooth. I slowly poured the hot milk into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. I then returned it to the pan and turned up to a medium heat. I stirred it constantly for about 6 minutes until it had thickened. I then added a good blob of Sugarflair Extra Red food colouring, and 4 pre-soaked leave of gelatine (follow the instructions on the packet) and left it to cool to room temperature.

Once the custard was cool, I popped it into the fridge for 15 minutes. Meanwhile I whipped up 345ml double cream (you can also use whipping cream) until soft peaks formed. You want it to hold it’s shape but still be quite soft.

I folded the cream into the custard using a whisk. At this point I had to add a lot more food colouring as the whiteness of the cream dulled the red down a lot. Eventually I got a fantastic blood red!

I poured the mixture into my swiss roll lined bowl. I did not have enough swiss roll to cover the bottom, I quickly made 4 chocolate cupcakes, cooled them quickly by an open window, sliced them into discs and placed them on the bottom. I put it into the fridge overnight to set.

 

Turning it out was very easy thanks to the cling film. I came out straight away and retained it’s shape very well.

I made the glaze as suggested in Mary Berry’s Charlotte Royale recipe by boiling 75g caster sugar in 125ml water, and then adding 1 tbsp arrowroot powder that had been dissolved in 2 tbsp cold water. I let it cool, then brushed over my “Zombie Brain” Charlotte Royale. It didn’t give as much of a sheen as I expected and I’m not sure if it’s a necessary addition for my Halloween version.

My only decorations around the Charlotte Royale was some Halloween confetti in the shape of skulls, spiders and pumpkins! It was difficult to cut into as too much force on the swiss rolls just pushes them into the filling. The best approach is to cut slowly and gently. The filling was a shocking bright red inside!

 

Despite it’s spooky looks, this “Zombie Brain” Charlotte Royale was delicious! The custard mousse filling is to die for, so tasty! It went down really well with everyone and the Halloween theme was a big hit. It was fun to make such an unusual recipe that I had never heard of before, and this is my second time of making custard from scratch – I love how GBBO encourages me to learn new techniques! Have you tried anything new thanks to GBBO?

“Zombie Brain” Charlotte Royale
 
 
Ingredients
  • 5 Eggs
  • 370g Caster sugar
  • 125g Self raising flour
  • 40g Cocoa powder
  • 200g Icing sugar
  • Green food colouring
  • 160g Butter
  • 225ml Whole milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 4 Egg yolks
  • 4 Gelatine leaves
  • Red food colouring
  • 345ml Double cream
  • 125ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp Cold water
 
Instructions
Start with the chocolate swiss roll. Whisk up 4 of the eggs and 100g of the caster sugar in a food mixer until frothy
Then sift in 65g of the self-raising flour and cocoa powder and fold it into the egg mixture gently
Pour it into a lined baking tray or swiss roll tin, and bake on 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 8-10 minutes
Make 4 chocolate cupcakes for the base. Cream together 60g of the butter and 60g of the caster sugar. Add 1 of the eggs and whisked in. Fold in 60g of the self raising flour. Fill 4 cupcake cases and bake on 18C/350F/Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes. Leave to cool then slice into discs
Dust a sheet of baking paper generously with icing sugar, tip the swiss roll sponge out onto it while it is still hot. Peel off the baking paper it was baked on and used a knife to make a grove along one end about 2cm from the end. Roll the sponge up as tight as you can, taking the paper with it. Leave it to cool fully still wrapped in the paper
Prepare a buttercream filling by mixing 100g of the butter, the icing sugar and green food colouring. Gently unroll the sponge, smooth on the buttercream, then roll back up again, this time removing the baking paper
Line a 2 litre glass bowl with cling film. Cut the swiss roll into slices and line the bowl. Use more of the roll to fill in any gaps
For the filling start by simmering the whole milk and vanilla extract in a pan. In a bowl whisk up the egg yolks and 135g of the caster sugar until smooth. Slowly pour the hot milk into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Then return it to the pan and turn up to a medium heat. Stir it constantly for about 6 minutes until it thickens. Then add the pre-soaked leaves of gelatine (follow the instructions on the packet) and leave it to cool to room temperature
Once the custard is cool, pop it into the fridge for 15 minutes. Whip up the double cream until soft peaks form
Fold the cream into the custard using a whisk. Add enough red food colouring to get a bright red
Pour the mixture into the swiss roll lined bowl. Use the discs of chocolate cupcakes to lined the bottom. Put in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set
Turn it out and make the glaze by boiling 75g of the caster sugar in the 125ml water, then dissolve the arrowroot powder in the 2 tbsp of cold water and add to the sugar mixture. Let it cool, then brush it over the Charlotte Royale
 

Spooky Bone Meringues

Halloween approaches and these Spooky Bone Meringues filled with cream and dripping with blood (ok, strawberry sauce) are a perfect spooky treat! Making meringues is easy too and they can be made in advance as they last for 5 days unfilled in an air tight container.

I started by whisking up 6 egg whites and 1 tsp cream of tartar in a mixer until soft peaks formed, then slowly added 164g caster sugar with the mixer still on. I also added 1 tsp vanilla extract. Once they were mixed and stiff peaks had formed, I folded in another 164g caster sugar. The way to get perfect meringues is to measure your egg whites, then mix in that same amount of sugar, and finally fold in that same amount of sugar again.

I put the meringue mixture in a piping bag with a large circular nozzle and piped ‘bone’ shapes onto a lined baking tray. I got 24 shapes out of my mixture. Some of the bones were neater than others!

I baked the meringues on 120C/250F/Gas Mark 1/2 (half) for 1 hour. They are done when they come off the baking paper easily and sound hollow when you tap the bottom. Exactly an hour baked mine perfectly. I turned the oven off and left the meringues to cool in the oven. Then I left them to cool completely on a wire rack.

 

I whipped up a pot of cream and used a piping bag with a star nozzled to pipe the cream onto half of the bones. I then added a drizzle of strawberry dessert sauce and sandwiched another meringue on top.

I was so pleased with the Spooky Bone Meringues as they had that perfect combination of crunch and chew! They are delicious filled with the cream. The Spooky Bone Meringues would be so easy for a Halloween party as you can make the meringues days in advance, then fill with cream and sauce before your guests arrive. I would advise they are served immediately or as soon as possible so the cream doesn’t make the meringues go soggy.

Spooky Bone Meringues
Ingredients
  • 6 Egg whites
  • Double the weight of the egg whites Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 300ml Double cream
  • Strawberry sauce
Instructions
Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar in a food mixer until soft peaks form, then slowly add half of the caster sugar with the mixer still running, also add the vanilla extract. Take the bowl off the mixer and fold in the other half of the caster sugar
Put the meringue mixture in a piping bag with a large circular nozzle and pipe ‘bone’ shapes onto a lined baking tray
Bake the meringues on 120C/250F/Gas Mark 1/2 for 1 hour. They are done when they come off the baking paper easily. Turn the oven off and leave the meringues to cool in the oven. Then remove to cool completely on a wire rack
Whip up the double cream and use a piping bag to pipe the cream onto half of the bones. Then add a drizzle of strawberry sauce and sandwich another meringue on top
I developed this idea from a Martha Stewart recipe