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  • Top tips for a family Halloween

    There’s no denying that in recent years, Halloween has become something of a highlight on a family’s social calendar. It’s a great chance to have some fun, show your creativity, and potentially spook your children, and who doesn’t want to do that occasionally!

    To help with your Halloween inspiration, we’ve put together a few ideas on how to decorate your home, as well as interesting Halloween party food ideas to serve up for trick or treaters, or at a spooky get-together.

    Decorate your house.

    You can’t have a Halloween party without making your home spooky, it just wouldn’t be right. However, this doesn’t mean you need to spend lots of money on special decorations that, let’s be honest, are likely to end up in the bin on November 1st.

    We’d suggest using your creative skills, as well as your kids’, to make something a bit different, reflecting your own style and sense of humour, while also saving yourself a bit of money. It also increases the Halloween fun for your kids! Some of our favourite ideas on how to make Halloween decorations include:

    • Another simple Halloween idea is to cut eyes into toilet roll holders and place a small torch or a glow stick inside them. Hide the holders in dark corners or hedgerows. The resulting sinister glowing eyes will spook your family, friends and neighbours! For the ultimate effect, try to use red or green lights.
    • Follow this step-by-step guide on YouTube.For trick-or-treaters in your neighbourhood, you can ‘monsterise’ your front door, turning it into a character all of its own. This can be done in many different ways, but if you treat the letterbox as the ‘mouth’ of the character, you can add teeth by using paper cut to shape, as well as eyes further up the door.
    • If you’re skilled with photo editing software, you could put your head in a jar… Don’t worry, it’s completely painless. It requires you to take 3 photos of your face, from both sides and straight on, blend the photos together, laminate the image, and place it in a large glass jar filled with water and food colouring. Find out how to do this here.

    Make something delicious.

    Halloween wouldn’t be the same without treats for everyone. It’s a big part of the whole experience, and probably our favourite part! If you’re a keen baker, you can produce some fantastic sweeties for the spooky occasion. From literal finger food to spider cookies, it isn’t too difficult to make scary, delicious food with our helpful Halloween tips. Just make sure to grab your special Ulster Weavers Halloween tea towels and oven mitt!

    • For a simple, yet effective, Halloween treat, try making your own spider chip cookies. We’ve got our own favourite cookie recipe as a basis, but any recipe where the chocolate chunks are clearly visible will suffice. To turn chocolate chip cookies into spider cookies, remove the baked cookies from the oven, and immediately take a toothpick or cocktail stick, and streak out the chocolate to look like legs. That’s it!
    • Create creepy ‘finger’ food for a delicious, yet unnerving treat. Simply combine porridge oats, dates, dark chocolate and peanut butter in a food processor and pulse until you have a rubbly consistency. Shape the mixture into fingers, and press a toasted almond flake in to the mixture to represent the fingernail. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them!
    • You can create delicious mummies by coating chipolata sausages in honey, mustard and ketchup, and wrapping in croissant pastry (home-made or pre-rolled). For that added effect, use the mustard to create creepy eyes through a slit in the pastry, perfect for a party!

    Do you have any other special recipes or ideas for Halloween, or have you tried any of ours? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

  • The Best Cupcake Recipes

    Cupcakes are a wonderful thing, that’s something we can all agree on. In the hands of a passionate baker, they can be remarkably beautiful things, and thanks to their size they’ll stay beautiful and don’t need cutting into like a full-size cake!

    At Ulster Weavers, as well as supplying some of the best kitchenware around, we also love learning and sharing baking hints, tips and recipes. So, to celebrate amazing cupcakes, we’d like to share our five favourite recipes ever! We have also included downloadable recipes, to help you produce them yourself. So, don your Ulster Weavers aprons, grab your oven gloves and your kitchen utensils, and try these amazing cupcakes out for yourself!

     

    Chocolate Orange Cupcakes:

    If you’ve ever visited a Hummingbird Bakery, you’ll have seen some delectable cupcakes and other sweet treats on display. Specialising in sinfully decadent treats, Hummingbird are kind enough to share their recipes with the world through their range of cookbooks. Our recipe of choice comes from the Cake Days cookbook, and it produces a wonderfully moist classic choc-orange treat.

    This recipe is a fantastic one to bake with children, it’s remarkably simple and produces results that everyone will love! And just like the cakes, the icing is remarkably simple and packs quite a chocolatey, zesty punch!

    Interested in making these? Download the recipe here!

    Tried this yourself? We’d love to see it! And if you’re after more information on Hummingbird Bakery, be sure to check out their website and blog!

    Raspberry Rosé Cupcakes:

    This recipe, from American blogger Completely Delicious is of her own design, and we can vouch for the quality of cupcake produced. Combining sweet treats with wine is always a good idea in our book, and this combination of hard-hitting raspberry with delicate rosé produces some of the best cupcakes we’ve tried. To give it a go, check out the recipe!

    The icing for these cupcakes is where the real punch lies, but to produce them takes time and effort. These are not cupcakes that can be made quickly! However, we think you’ll agree the results are totally worth it.

    These cupcakes are perfect for a dinner party, or as a sweet treat for a more mature palate, and require a higher skill level than other cupcakes, but if you are confident in the kitchen, the results will be worth it.

    Download the recipe here!

    Honeybee Cupcakes:

    Cupcakes are always quite a fun treat, and the best are decorated in a way that raises a smile before they’ve even been eaten. One of the best cakes for this is this Honeybee design, created by Lisa Roukin.

    Combining the flavours of cinnamon, ginger, red wine and, of course, honey, these cupcakes are extremely soft and gooey, while remaining simple to make and beautiful to look at. The icing makes these cakes perfect for experts on their own, or baking with children, who can produce the decorative bees that proudly adorn the cake.

    Interested in trying this for yourself? Download the recipe here!

    Avocado, Coconut and Chocolate:

    These incredible cupcakes are perfect for a range of diets and tastes, retaining incredible taste and a creamy texture whilst reducing the amount of sugar compared to other recipes. They’re also gluten and dairy free!

    These cupcakes are the work of Christine Bailey, and can be produced very quickly, although they are difficult to master! The icing, although looking predominantly chocolatey, has a surprise kick of ginger along with the creaminess of avocado and the texture of coconut.

    Sound divine to you? Try the recipe out!

    Pumpkin S’mores Cupcakes:

    We finish with the most complicated, but most technically impressive of our cupcakes! These cupcakes might look relatively simple on the outside, but don’t let the appearance deceive you. There is some serious technique required to produce these, with a beautiful chocolatey secret hiding in the heart of them, and a crumbly biscuit base to get that authentic autumnal pumpkin s’more feeling.

    This recipe is the work of Jessica Merchant, so be sure to check her out if you like the recipe, however, we’ve modified it slightly, replacing the Graham crackers with digestives, adding a more British twist to the flavour!

    Fancy giving them a go? Download the recipe here!

    Have you tried any of these recipes? Have any other great recipes to share? We’re always interested to hear about them, and would love to try them ourselves. Let us know on Facebook and Instagram to get involved with our #WeekendBakingProject!

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