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What you need:

2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup  Pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the glaze:

2 cups sifted icing sugar

3 tbsp milk

1 tbsp butter , melted

1tsp vanilla extract

What you do:

Pre heat oven to 180C /350° F/ gas mark 4

Line a tin with grease proof paper

Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the glaze:

In a small bowl, mix together the icing sugar, milk, butter & vanilla extract until smooth.

Drizzle the  glaze over the cookies.

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What you need:

1 tsp butter
12oz  (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounces  sweetened condensed milk, divided
8 oz white candy coating
1/4 tsp orange extract
2 to 4 drops orange paste food coloring

What you do:

Line an 8-in. square pan with foil; butter foil and set aside.

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and 1 cup milk on high for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Chill for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating with remaining milk; stir until smooth. Stir in extract and food colouring. Spread over chocolate layer.

Chill for 1 hour or until firm. Using foil, remove fudge from pan. Cut into 1-in.

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What you need:
1 cup semisweet chocolate drops
1 tsp butter
24 large marshmallows
1 pack of matchmakers or (chocolate sticks) for the legs about 1 inch long each
1 large bag of package mini candy-coated chocolate pieces (Smarties)

What you do:

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and butter. Microwave until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth. Pour chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and set aside.

Line a cookie sheet with grease proof paper.Stick 4  1 inch  Matchmakers into each side of marshmallow for legs, and arrange ongrease proof paper.

Using scissors, cut one corner off the bag of melted chocolate. Drizzle over the marshmallow spiders. Attach 2 smarties (candies) to each marshmallow for eyes.

Chill until chocolate hardens.

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What you need:

Chocolate cake
115g slightly salted butter, softened
115g  Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Golden Syrup
2 medium Eggs
115g self- raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Frosting
75g full-fat cream cheese
2 tbsp Golden Syrup
125g  Icing Sugar
Cake pop sticks
Decoration
200g plain chocolate, melted
200g white chocolate, melted
Sprinkles of your choice

What you do:

For the cake pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F /gas 4.

Grease and base line a 20cm round cake tin.
Put all of the ingredients for the cake in to a large bowl and beat until smooth. Transfer to the cake tin and level, then bake for 20-25 minutes until springy to touch and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.

Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turn our and cool completely. Best left for a day before making the cake pops.

Mix the frosting ingredients together until smooth. Crumble the cake into fine crumbs into a bowl, add the frosting and mix together to make a moist textured mixture that sticks together. Cover with cling film and refrigerate until firm about 1 hour. (you can leave this mixture in the fridge for up to 3 days at this stage).

Take rounded tsps of mixture, and roll into a firm balls with your hands. Place on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a flat plate or tray. Makes about 20 balls. Put into the freezer for about half an hour to firm.

Have ready a polystyrene block or a florist block (oasis). Take a pop stick and dip into one of the cooled melted chocolates, about 2cm deep. Insert immediately into a cake ball, about halfway through. Now dip into the chocolate, making sure the cake ball is coated all over then gently tap the cake pop over the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place in the block and scatter sprinkles before the chocolate sets, which will be quite quick as the cake is cold from the freezer.

Repeat with the rest of the cake balls using both of the melted chocolates. The pops will keep for a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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What you need;

1small onion- chopped
2 cloves garlic- minced
2 Tbsp butter
1Tbsp fresh ginger -chopped
2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp celery seed
2 tsp pepper (I prefer white pepper for this recipe, but black will work)
@ tsp salt
1 bay leaf
2 cups pureed pumpkin
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp sugar
4 cups Chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 Tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot or tapioca powder)

chopped chives, or green onion (as garnish) optional

What you do:

Heat a large saucepan to a medium heat, then  add the butter. Add the onion, garlic,
ginger saute until the onion is translucent.

Mix in the curry, nutmeg, celery seed, salt, pepper and the bay leaf.

Stir in the pumpkin, & sugar in the broth and bring to the boil.

Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes
lower the heat to simmer and remove the bay leaf.

Stir in 1 cup of the milk continue cook over low heat for
a few minutes.

In another bowl, stir together the remaining milk and the cornstarch until dissolved, then add it to the pan.

Stir until thickened and bubbly, cook a couple more minutes.

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What you need:

9 small red apples
wooden skewers
1lb /450g sugar
1/4 pt /150ml water
1 oz /30g  butter
1 tbsp glucose
3 drops red food colouring

What you do:

Wash and dry the apples thoroughly. Impale them on the skewers.

Place sugar and water into a saucepan, stir over heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add butter and glucose, cook rapidly, without stirring until it reaches 150 C or is at hard crack stage.

When mixture stops bubbling, add the red food colouring.

Stand the saucepan in a large bowl of hot water to prevent the toffee from setting. Dip apples into the toffee to coat thoroughly. Stand upright (apple down) on a greased tray to set.

When cold wrap in cellophane or greaseproof paper.

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What you need:

6 large oranges
2 x 135g/5oz packets of jelly

What you do:
Prepare the jelly according to the packet instructions, but using slightly less water so it is a little firmer, then put in the fridge to set. Cut a slice from the stalk end of each orange. Cut out eyes, a nose and a mouth shape using a sharp, pointed knife. Hollow out the oranges using a small sharp knife and spoon so that you are left with just a shell.

Fill with the chopped jelly.

 

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What you need:
6 peppers, mixed colours
Spaghetti bolognese ( see in my recipes)

What you do:
Cut tops off peppers and set tops aside
Remove seeds and membranes from inside the pepper
Cut a jack-o’-lantern face on one side of each pepper.
Spoon the cooked spaghetti bolognese mixture into the peppers.
replace pepper tops.

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What you need:
Macaroni and Cheese   home made , packet mix or tin
Sauteed spinach
Sliced black olives

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 150C / 300F / gas mark 2

Mix up a batch of mac & cheese
Spoon into greased muffin cups and bake  until firm (about 15-25 minutes depending on your oven)
Sautee spinach over medium-high heat until cooked throughly, cool and set aside
Remove tins from oven. Let the creatures rest for about 10 minutes, then gently remove from tins
Place upside down on a swamp of sauteed spinach
Add olive slice eyes

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what you need:
30 fresh strawberries

8 ounces white baking chocolate broken into piece

1 tsp shortening

1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

What you do:
Wash strawberries and gently pat with paper towels until completely dry.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate and shortening at 50% power; stir until smooth.

Dip strawberries in chocolate mixture; place on grease proof paper, allowing excess chocolate to form the ghosts’ tails. Immediately press chocolate chips into coating for eyes. Freeze for 5 minutes.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip a toothpick into melted chocolate and draw a mouth on each face.

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