My dear people I wish you all a Happy Halloween! I am not doing anything this year because I lack friends and energy, but probably next year. I, however, prepared a lovely video for you with some baking recipes which should have been uploaded this morning, but as apparently NO ONE has good internet, it couldn't upload, so let me tell you in words (they are so much more reliable) about this experience.
My man and I spent the whole day filming and baking and I found three really nice recipes to try: Mr and Mrs Pumpkin-Brownie, The Pumpkin Cake and The Graveyard Terror.
The first was simply pumpkin puree with brownie chunks alternating in a glass with Marshmallows on top as eyes. The pumpkin puree...nah, you have to like it, I don't particularly but I am not such a huge pumpkin fan anyway...
The Pumpkin Cake was my favourite and, surprisingly, it has no pumpkin in it. It is simply two Bundts, one upside down, forming a pumpkin shaped cake. First you need to bake two Bundts (according to the recipe below) and then colour some icing orange, sprinkle on top and form stem, eyes and mouth of fondant, really easy and it looks so SPOOOOOKY...
The Graveyard is pretty simple, too. Just bake brownies, mess everything a bit up, form Halloween inspired things out of fondant or Marzipan and put them on top and voila, you have a spooky cake! So enjoy the recipes and maybe I will still upload the video so you can witness how I make a complete dork out of myself and have a great HALLOWEEN!
Mr and Mrs Pumpkin-Brownie
For the puree you will need 500g of pumpkin and 2 to six spoons of sugar.
Cut the pumpkin, core it and put the chunks into a saucepan. Add water to cover the pumpkin chunks and add the sugar. Let it simmer until the chunks are soft.
Take a blender and blend until smooth.
Make a batch of brownies:
Butter a square form then put the butter and chocolate in a saucepan and let it melt on medium temperature. In the meantime, blend the eggs with the sugar until fluffy and creamy. When the butter and chocolate have melted, add to the sugar/egg mixture and blend once more.
Finally add the flour and blend in until smooth. Fill the mixture in the form and bake 30 minutes at 180 degrees in the oven.
Cut out some chunks from the brownies and fill in a glass. Cover the brownie chunks with the pumpkin puree and alternate until you end with puree. Pop two marshmallows on top and draw pupils, either with chocolate sauce or black food colour. Et voila! You have your Mr and Mrs Pumpkin-Brownie.
For the Bundt:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
1 sachet of baking powder
7-8 spoons of milk
50g grated almonds
Separate the eggs.
Put the egg yolks, sugar and butter together with vanilla sugar and lemon zest in a bowl and blend everything together. Add flour and baking powder and the milk until it is a good consistency. Lastly, add the almonds and mix under well.
Pour half of the batter in a buttered and floured Bundt form and bake in the oven for 60 minutes. (Either use two forms for the two Bundts or bake them one after the other).
When they’re finished, put one upside down and put the other one on top to get your pumpkin shape. Put marshmallows (or other sweets) into holes.
Make icing from 380g icing sugar with water and colour with orange food colouring. Spread onto the Bundts. Form eyes, stem and mouth out of fondant and stick on.
The Graveyard Terror
Bake brownies according to the recipe above. “Destroy” the surface a little and cut chunks out. Make Halloweeny things out of fondant or marzipan and decorate your brownies with them. Add cocoa powder on top for that extra but of graveyard earth.
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