Did you know that Halloween originated from Celtic Ireland?
Yes, tales of fiendish fairies and devilish witches started in the land of the green, white and gold. The tradition began during the ancient festival of Samhain (Irish for October) when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to scare ghosts away.
Our Fitzwilliam team are getting ready for the spooky holiday this October. Head Chef Philip Mahon has dreamed up some Halloween recipes you can easily make for all of the family.
Try these horror-themed baking ideas for your Halloween party….
Halloween Recipes & Food Ideas
If you’re looking for some Halloween party ideas for all the family, avoid the tricks this year and try these easy recipes for tasty treat. Forgot those packets of sweets, you need to taste homemade marshmallow at least once in your life!
Halloween Honeycomb Horror
- 400g brown sugar
- 200g maple syrup
- 200g honey
- 3 tspn bicarbonate soda
- 40% milk chocolate
- vegetable oil
You will also need a large pot, baking paper and a wire rack.
Heat the honey, maple syrup and brown sugar to 160 degrees Celsius in a large pot.
Add the bicarbonate soda to the mixture and pour out onto oiled baking paper. Make sure the paper is the size of your countertop as the mixture can get quite large. Allow to cool and then break into bitesize pieces. To add some luxury, you can paint some milk chocolate onto both sides and set in the fridge on a wire rack.
Store in airtight containers ready to be served to your ghoulish guests at Halloween.
Morbid Marshmallow Mess
- 4 leaves of gelatine
- 100g glucose syrup
- 250g castor sugar
- Icing sugar
To create your marshmallow mess, you will also need fat spray for lining your cling film and a deep pan to place the mixture in.
To get started, temper the gelatine in cold water. Line a deep pan with 3 layers of cling film using the fat spray to achieve an even surface.
Next step is to heat the sugar and glucose syrup to 160 degrees Celsius and add to a mixer. Beat with a whisk for 5 minutes until the peaks begin to form. Once this has been completed, add the melted gelatine to the mixture before it begins to cool. As it sets, spread it out onto the lined sheet and allow to cool.
Once fully cooled, dice into squares and spread icing sugar over the top before serving. You can add flavouring by using orange syrup or liquorice paste to your heated mixture.
Try making your own Halloween-inspired treats and send us your pictures on Facebook or in the comments below.