Halloween parties can be such good fun. With party goers in their best Halloween costumes, the atmosphere is festive and fun. Take in this Halloween Caramel Apples video to discover how to create this appealing and healthy Halloween snack from scratch.
The tradition of giving Soul Cakes originated in Britain or Ireland during the Middle Ages, way before Halloween became the commercialized event we now celebrate. All Souls Day was celebrated on November 2nd. On that day, the cakes, often simply referred to as souls, were given out to ‘soulers’ which consited mainly of children and the poor.
They would go from door to door on Hallowmas singing and saying prayers for the dead. Each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. This may have been the beginning of the current practice of going door to door aksing for treats that is now known as trick-or-treating.
The recipe below makes 14 â€˜cakesâ€™ and is easy and tasty. Make them to add a traditional touch to your Halloween celebration. They are delicious by themselves, but may also be eaten with honey or jam.
1-1/2 cups plain flour (sifted)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup butter (softened & cut into pieces)
1 egg (beaten)
2 tsp of white wine vinegar
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. (200 degrees C.) and grease 2 baking pans
This nice green dip looks great in a cooked, hollowed out pumpkin or squash
Edamame-Pesto Cheese Dip
1 (16oz bag) frozen shelled edamame beans
1/2 cup ricotta cheese (part-skim OK)
1/2 cup prepared pesto
2 Tbsp olive oil
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (about 1 tsp zest & 3 Tbsp juice)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
breadsticks, carrot sticks, celery sticks, red pepper slices, Jicama sticks
1. Heat oven to 350Â°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with oil. Cut off about top third of pumpkin or squash. Scrape out and discard seeds and fibers with a spoon. Place cut-side down on prepared baking sheet. Bake until flesh is tender, about 3o minutes. Do not overcook, we want the pumpkin or squash to retain it’s shape. Cool completely.
2. Cook edamame in boiling water according to package directions, drain, rinse, and drain again. Transfer to food processor and add ricotta, pesto, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic salt and pepper. Process until smooth, adding a little water to thin if necessary, until medium-thick consistency for dipping.
3. With a sharp knife, slice off a small amount of bottom of pumpkin or squash to level it. Then fill with dip mixure. Place in the middle of a large platter and surround with vegetable sticks and bread sticks, arranging the dippers in a spoke pattern with the “cauldron” in the middle.
Pumpkin seeds are the perfect Halloween treat. If you carved a pumpkin for Halloween (and who didn’t ?) you removed the seeds along with the pumpkin “guts.” Rather than just tossing everything into the compost pile, you can easily turn the seeds into a delicious munch. I consider Toasted Pumpkin Seeds to be one of the tasty side benefits of pumpkin carving and they come free with the pumpkin!
All the Free Pumpkin Seeds You Want
If you didn’t carve a pumpkin on Halloween, you can still enjoy cooking and eating the pumpkin seeds. Here’s how; a few days after Halloween take a trip down to the local pumpkin farm. They likely have a good supply of unsold pumpkins and will often give them to you for free. Even the rotting pumpkins have delicious seeds inside, so don’t be shy about asking for them.
I still fondly recall a trip my college friends and I took to a pumpkin farm several days after Halloween. We left with an entire car full of free pumpkins. We used every sink in our dorm bathroom to wash the seeds and when we were finished roasting them, we had a huge garbage bag full of yummy treats that we all enjoyed for weeks. (more…)
Here is a fun adult Halloween Party Punch idea that I guarantee will add Halloween cheer to yourÂ party.Â The presentation is spooky and your Halloween party guests are involved in the preparation. And, this Halloween Party Punch changes flavor and color several times as the night progresses in an unpredictable fashion.
This punch goes down really easy and your guests need to be careful not to over do it. This is not a good recipe if folks will be driving home anytime soon. You may want to limit it to the first few hours of the event so your guests can get home safely.
Clean small plastic garbage pail
Long handled ladle
Dry Ice (wear gloves when handling- it can burn bare skin)