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What you need:

1 cup plain flour,
1/3 cup rice flour,
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar,
1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter softened,
a pinch of salt,
some sugar to sprinkle on top of the cookies.

What you do:

Preheat oven to 160 C / 325 F/ gas mark 3

Mix together the flours and sift them.

Mix together butter and sugar. Cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add the flours, salt to the creamed butter and sugar mixture in batches, mixing alternately.

Form a smooth dough with hands, tightly cover it with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Remove and place it on a baking sheet, press the mixture into a circle of 8 inch diameter and 1/2 cm thickness.

With a sharp knife, score marks from the centre to the edge of the circle to form 9 triangles. Punch with a fork at several places (as shown in the picture).

Sprinkle with sugar and if you like, flute the edge by making impressions along the edge with your thumb.

Transfer the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until light golden. While still hot, cut along the marks to get 9 triangles. The cookies will appear soft initially but become crisp once cool.

Store them in an airtight container.

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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:

1lb 2oz /500 g beef fillet
1lb /454 g brown mushrooms
8 slices Parma ham
Dijon mustard for brushing beef fillet
1lb /454 g puff pastry
egg wash
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red onions, finely chopped
1 glass white wine
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil

What you do:

Preheat oven at 220C / 425F / gas mark 7

Season beef with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a pan with olive oil and fry beef on high heat until is brown. Leave to cool

In food processor mix mushrooms, onion and garlic. Add this puree on the pan and fry for a few minutes. Add a glass white wine and let to evaporated alcohol.

On the plastic foil put first layer Parma ham, then mushrooms puree and beef (brushing beef with mustard). Easy roll all in plastic foil and keep on fridge for 30 minutes.

Unwrap the meat from the cling film. Roll out the pastry and put the meat on the center. Egg wash the edge of the pastry and roll up the pastry. Turnover and egg wash over the top. Mark the pastry using the back of a small knife to make a cross hatch.

Baking  for around 30-35 minutes.

Rest a few minutes before using.

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What you need:

2 cups plain flour
1 cup boiling water
1/4 tsp salt
sesame oil
5 spring onions, sliced finely
oil for frying

What you do:

In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt and boiling water until it all comes together. Carefully use your hands to then knead the ball of dough until it’s smooth, about 5-10 minutes. If it’s still too hot, let it cool for a bit before starting to knead. Wrap with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 30 minutes; keep it in the fridge if you’re leaving it for longer.

Divide the rested dough ball into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a flat, thin round, dusting with flour if the dough is sticking. Brush the surface of the round with sesame oil and then sprinkle over a sixth of the chopped spring onion. Roll the round tightly like a swiss roll, with the oil and spring onions on the inside. Curl this now tubular dough piece into a tight snail shape, tucking the end underneath.

Now roll this snail shaped piece of dough out into a round about 5 inches in diameter. Pieces of spring onion will start falling out but don’t worry – just show them who’s boss and jam them back into the dough. Repeat with the rest of the dough pieces (I start to fry at the same time as rolling them out).

Heat a frying pan (mine is nonstick) over medium heat. Add about a tablespoon of oil and fry each pancake on both sides until golden brown, draining on kitchen paper when cooked; repeat with all the pancakes.

Cut into wedges and serve.

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What you need:

1/2 cup vanilla icing ( frosting), divided
36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
12 large marshmallows
1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional
1/4 cup flaked coconut
12 chocolate wafers
12 miniature peanut butter cups
12 milk chocolate kisses

What you do:
For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.
For hair: Mix together green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.
For hats:  Spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting.

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What you need:

1 full-sized plastic human skull
1.5 lbs. thin sliced deli meat of  your choice
Cream cheese, BBQ sauce, or cranberry sauce
2 hard boiled egg yolks, round mini-mozzarella pieces, or cocktail onions
2 slices of pimento-stuffed green olive

Lettuce leaves, spinach leaves or some thing similar for decoration.

What you do:

Buy a plastic skull from any child’s Halloween outlet.  Wash the skull with soap and water and allow to dry.

Spread a “base” over the skull. BBQ sauce and jellied cranberry sauce give the skull a bloody, gory look as your guests lift away the lunch meat. Cream cheese is not as fun, but probably tastes better with most meats. This is entirely your choice.

Evenly distribute your lunch meat over the prepared skull, leaving openings at the eyes and mouth. Smallish pieces of meat work better than larger ones, as they’re easier to manipulate and form. You may need to use toothpicks to get some of the meat to stay in place.

For eyes:

 place one hard boiled egg yolk or small mozzarella cheese ball in each eye socket. Top with a slice of pimento-stuffed green olive.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat.

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What you need:

4 oz / 113 g crumbled feta cheese  (at room temperature)
4 oz /113 g cream cheese  (at room temperature)
8 oz / 227 g Swiss cheese  ( grated )
2 tsp honey
4 oz /113 g finely chopped pecans
4 oz / 113 g finely chopped dried cranberries
Assorted crackers for serving

What you do:

Mix the cream cheese, feta, Swiss and honey until combined using an electric mixer or food processor.

Transfer the cheese onto a sheet grease proof paper and roll into a 1.5″ x 10″ log. Close the grease proof paper and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

Mix pecans and cranberries, and spread into a rectangle on a clean sheet grease proof paper. Roll the cheese log over the mixture to coat all sides evenly.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. (Log may be refrigerated up to 3 days.) Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

Serve with crackers.

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