Spooky Family Food and Baking Recipes for Halloween:
Spiders, Owls and Mashed Spuds with a Twist!
Today should be Sepia Saturday, where I share a Be-Ro recipe from one of my many old (and new) Be-Ro cookbooks, but, as Halloween is next week, I have decided to share some seasonal recipes with you……and, I am making some more spooky fare over the weekend, so look out for some simple family supper recipes as well as ghoulish baked treats early next week – both savoury and sweet. Today it’s all about fun cakes and an old Halloween supper recipe, with a tale attached - Traditional All Hallows’ Eve Supper ~ Mash O’ Nine Sorts, Spooky Spider Cakes for a Howling Halloween and Twit Woo Hooting Halloween Owl Cupcakes. I posted these recipes last year, but as I am blogging a new platform now (WordPress and not Blogger), I have updated the recipes to a printable version, which I am sharing today…..although, you can read the original posts by clicking on the links above.
My first recipe is Traditional All Hallows’ Eve Supper ~ Mash O’ Nine Sorts - This is such a wonderful and traditional English recipe for Hallowe’en – All Hallow’s Eve. It was a dish traditionally served to unmarried guests with the added intrigue of a ring hidden inside. Whoever found the ring would be the next one to be married. This delicious mashed potato has nine ingredients in it ~ hence its name. Serve it as a supper dish by itself, or as an accompaniment to bangers/sausages for a comforting Autumn supper dish. For those whom may be interested, a brief history on the origins of Hallowe’en: In ancient Britain this date was the pre-Christian eve of the New Year and Celtic Harvest Festival, when the souls of the dead were thought to revisit their homes to eat and drink. People left refreshments on the table and unlocked their doors before retiring for the night, then bells were rung, fires lit to guide the returning souls back to earth and animals were brought in for the winter.
Next up is one of my very popular Spooky Cakes recipes…..Spooky Spider Cakes for a Howling Halloween; I LOVE these cakes, they make me smile, and I often make them for a fun dessert for big kids too……The cake mixture is a double chocolate cake mixture – with cocoa and chocolate pieces, topped off with a chocolate butter cream. The decorations are made using Liquorice All sorts and liquorice strings/laces or Catherine wheels as we call them in Great Britain. They are easy to make and can be frozen before you decorate them……..
And finally for my Ghoulish Trio, my Twit Woo Hooting Halloween Owl Cupcakes! These Owl Cakes are GREAT fun…..just bake some chocolate fairy cakes, muffins or cupcakes, decorate them and then turn them into Hooting Halloween Owls, just like that ~ it’s magic. The recipe is based on our British fairy cake or butterfly cake recipe, where the top of the baked cake or muffin is cut off to create the “wings”.
I hope you enjoy these three recipes today, and do let me know if you make them, and if the children helped you…….I will be back later with some lovely new autumn recipes, as well as some new Halloween recipe ideas too, and I will also be starting to share some fabulous Christmas Gift ideas with you over the next few weeks…….I have been VERY busy in the kitchen and the craft room! Have a great Saturday, and keep warm! Karen
What are you planning to bake for Halloween? Sweet or Savoury?