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Soul Cakes

31 Oct

These are really tasty treats which are traditional Halloween cakes. They were originally from the Celtic festival of Samhain where they were baked and left on the doorstep with milk or wine for the departed! The next day the children and poor would dance and beg for the treats, this then because trick or treat!!

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Ingredients:
375g Plain flour
2tsp Ground nutmeg
2tsp Mixed spice
185g Butter
180g Sultanas
1 Egg
125ml Milk

300g White chocolate
400-500ml Double cream

Estimated time: 50 minutes

Directions:

Weigh all of your dry ingredients into a bowl with the butter. Rub this together until the mix resembles bread crumbs 🙂

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Once crumbs have been reached stir in your sultanas before making a well in the middle of the bowl.

Pour your milk and egg into the well and carefully mix together. Mix this until firm dough forms, this not be too stick and you’ll find that it won’t stick to your fingers!

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Spoon this dough onto lined trays using tablespoons, make sure you leave them spaced apart. Once all the mix is spooned onto the trays you can shape them into rough ghost shapes, don’t worry if they don’t look too much like ghosts as they will spread a bit while cooking!

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Bake these in the oven at 220c for 10-15 minutes until kind of puffed up and golden brown. Allow them to cool down on a rack.

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Meanwhile the ganache. Weigh your white chocolate into a bowl. Pour half of the cream into another microwaveable bowl and heat it until boiling hot. Once hot enough pour the cream on top of your chocolate and stir in, the chocolate should all melt, if not then simply heat up more cream and stir it in until you’re left with a nice smooth paste.

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Now spoon your ganache over all of your ghosts, the ganache will get thicker as it cools down! Once covered you can decorate your ghosts giving them fun spooky faces!

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And now enjoy!! These are such tasty things, a mix between biscuits and scones a treat to be enjoyed by everyone on this spooky day! Hope you all love these and have a spooky Halloween!!!

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

23 Oct

Stuck with left over pumpkin seeds?! I know how you feel, it seems a waste to chuck them but no idea what to do with them, happens all the time! But not anymore, just by adding some cinnamon, and other spices these can easily become you’re new favourite snack!!

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Ingredients:
Pumpkin seeds from one pumpkin
1 1/2tsp Ground cinnamon
1tsp Nutmeg
1tsp Mixed spice
2tbsp Vegetable oil

Estimated time: 15minutes

Directions:

First the gross bit, you need to clean/wash the pumpkin seeds. Unfortunately the easiest way is to rinse in water and dry, or lay down on a tea towel to remove any bits of pumpkin.

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Put the seeds into a small bowl and stir in the vegetable oil, make sure all of the seeds are coated.

Weigh out your spices into another bowl and mix well before stirring onto your pumpkin seeds. Give these a good stir so that they’re evenly coated.

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Spread the seeds onto a tray lined with baking paper and bake in the oven at 170c for 10-12 minutes. Check the seeds after 5 minutes and give them a stir. The seeds will become a light golden colour when they are cooked and will be crunchy.

Allow the seeds to cool before eating! These will keep for ages in an airtight container and will be ready for any late night snacking or parties you might have!! These are also brilliant to cover cakes with, especially pumpkin cakes 🙂

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I hope you all love these tasty things, they are so easy and can have the flavour changed easily just by using different spices! Enjoy everyone!! 🙂

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