Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Let's get cooking with pumpkins!!

                  It is that time of year again, so let's get creative with pumpkin recipes!!

The seasons have changed and now Autumn is well and truly with us, we are starting to look towards Halloween, which can mean only one thing......Pumpkins!! But once you have carved that pumpkin ready for decorating your home or setting, what do you do with all that left over flesh??

Well, aside from being a great sensory play opportunity, why not try making some delicious treats with it all! Here is just one recipe you could try:

Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

(Makes 10)
You will need:

  • 175ml Vegetable oil
  • 175g Demerara sugar
  • 200g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 200g Grated pumpkin
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 grated orange zest
  • 100g raisins/ sultanas (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1 bar White chocolate
  • 1 bar Milk chocolate

    1. Preheat the oven at 160c for a fan oven. and set out 12 paper cake cases in an appropriate tray or silicone moulds.

    3. Add the grated pumpkin and orange zest (also add the raisins/sultanas if your using them), stir well.

    4. Sift in the flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda, make sure it is well mixed. It is quite a wet mixture, so the next bit can get quite messy.

    5. Spoon (carefully) into the cases, and place on the middle shelf of the oven. Bake for 25mins until it‘s firm but springy and a skewer will come out clean. Leave them to cool on a wire rack.

    6. Whilst they are cooling melt the white and milk chocolate (in seperate bowls). First spoon the white chocolate on top of the cupcakes, then pipe the milk chocolate into a spiral, lastly drag a cocktail stick or skewer from the middle of the cake to the edge to form a spider web effect.

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