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Halloween Party Food Gifts

 

pumkin pie

We have put together a few recipes suitable for Halloween party food gifts. When invited to a party you are not always sure what to take along. Why not take an item that you have been able to prepare earlier in the day? On a cold evening after going out 'trick and treating' a cup or bowl of warm pumpkin soup should go down well with adults and children alike. Followed by pumpkin pie later in the evening. Other suggestions for gifts would be cup cakes decorated with orange butter frosting and decorated with pumpkins, black cats, witches hats and ghosts made from fondant icing. The children will love these, if the adults don't eat them first.

The following recipes should help you decide what Halloween party food gift you are going to take with you. When preparing the pumpkins try to remove all the seeds as these may give the finished product a slightly bitter taste.

The following soup recipe is ideal for a cold evening and would make a warming Halloween party food gift.

Halloween Party Food Gifts


pumpkin soup

Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds or 900g of pumpkin flesh, cut into cubes
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 flat teaspoon of curry powder, mild unless you like it stronger then use a medium strength powder.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3-4 cups stock (use vegetable stock then you will not have to worry about who can eat it)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (vegetable or light olive oil)
Preparation
  1. Boil the pumpkin and the bay leaf in enough water until almost tender
  2. Sweat the onion in the oil until transparent
  3. Add the crushed garlic to the onions but do not allow to burn
  4. Mix in the curry powder
  5. Drain the pumpkin and add to the onions
  6. Add potato cubes, stock and salt and pepper to taste
  7. Simmer until cooked
  8. Blend to a creamy consistency
  9. Serve with crusty rolls or croûtons


Another recipe you might consider for a Halloween party food gift might be a Pumpkin Pie. How to make one follows...

Pumpkin Pie

For the pastry case

Purchase a sweet short crust pastry case

Ingredients for the filling

  • 1 lb or 450g of prepared weight pumpkin flesh, cut into small cubes
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
  • 3 oz or 75g soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ level teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 10 fl oz or 275 ml double cream

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 350f/150c/Gas 4.

  1. To make the filling steam the pumpkin as you do not want to add water to it. When cooked place in a sieve and remove any water form the mixture.
  2. Lightly whisk the eggs and extra yolk together in a large bowl.
  3. In a pan place the sugar, spices and the cream and bring to simmering point. Whisk gently to make sure the ingredients are blended.
  4. Now add the pumpkin puree, whisk to combine everything thoroughly.
  5. Then pour over the eggs and give the mixture a short whisk
  6. Pour the filling into your shop bought pastry case and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  7. The pie should have puff up round the edges but still feel slightly wobbly in the center.
  8. Remove from the oven when cooked and place the tin on a wire cooling rack. Serve chilled with cream or fromage frais.


For the person with a sweet tooth then the following Halloween party food gift might go down well.

caramel pumpkin

Pumpkin Caramel Flan

Ingredients for the caramel

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

Ingredients for the custard

  • 1 cup of chopped pumpkin
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups evaporated milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch of ground allspice

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C/gas mark 5.
  2. Prepare the caramel by placing the sugar and the water in a small saucepan. Do not use a dark colored pan, as you will not be able to see the color of the caramel. Place over low heat to dissolve the sugar. Do not stir. Turn up the heat to medium high and continually swirl the pan over the heat. The mixture will be bubbly. If sugar crystals form on the side of the pan, cover it for 1 minute to dissolve them. Boil for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the mixture turns a golden brown. Watch carefully, as the caramel will burn easily and if it is too dark it will continue to cook and taste burnt. As soon as the caramel mixture turns golden brown remove from the heat.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 3-pint porcelain-baking dish. Rotate the dish to spread the caramel evenly over the bottom of the dish.
  4. Place the chopped pumpkin and sugar in a bowl and whisk in the milk until well mixed. Then add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each until completely mixed. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and whisk to combine. Pour the mixture into the caramel-lined dish. Cover lightly with aluminum foil.
  5. Set the dish in a larger baking pan. Pour almost boiling water into the larger pan to reach halfway up the sides of the flan dish. Transfer the dish in its water bath to the lower third of the oven. Be sure to regulate the oven so that the water in the dish never heats above a simmer. Bake for 1 ¼ hours or until a tester inserted into the custard 2.5cms from the outside edge comes out clean. Remove the baking pan from the oven and the flan dish from the water bath. Uncover and let cool to room temperature. Re-cover and refrigerate over night or until well chilled.
  6. Run a knife carefully between the custard and the side of the dish. Place a serving plate upside down over the dish, quickly invert the dish and plate together and lift off the dish. Drizzle any caramel remaining in the dish over the top of the flan. If the caramel seems to be sticking in the bottom of the dish, place the dish in a skillet containing simmering water to melt the hardened caramel.
  7. Cut the flan and serve each portion with a spoonful of caramel.


And for the person who prefers a slightly less sweet dessert consider the following muffins as your Halloween party food gift.

pumpkin muffins

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients
  • 6 ¼ oz plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 ½ oz lard
  • 3 ¾ oz brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 oz diced pumpkin flesh (small pieces)
  • 4 fl oz milk
  • 1 ¼ oz raisins
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C/gas mark 5.
  2. In a mixing bowl sift together the dry ingredients.
  3. Cream the lard and brown sugar together until fluffy. Beat the eggs then mix into the lard. Bead in the pumpkin and mix well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and gently mix in. Then gently mix in the milk and raisins until the milk is thoroughly incorporated.
  5. With softened butter, grease a 12-muffin tin or use muffin cases.
  6. Combine white sugar and cinnamon ready for dusting.
  7. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, about 2/3 full. Sprinkle the sugar-cinnamon mix over the top.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let them cool for 5 minutes before turning out.

 


Now that you have decided on the Halloween party food gifts it is time to decide on the costume you are going to wear to the party.


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