|Pumpkins are here, which can|
only mean one thing: Halloween!
1. Costumes and Decorations
|Do you dare to wear anything|
1. Maty Disfraces
Maty Disfraces is located right in the centre of Madrid, in Puerta del Sol. There are Halloween costumes for all budgets here!
2. La Surtida
La Surtida has stores all over Madrid. They have everything you can think of from the typical witches and zombies, to slightly more unique costumes like butchers and pink monsters!
3. Fiestas Paco
Right by La Latina, this is your place for a party! You’ll find what you’re looking for this Halloween in Fiestas Paco.
Got your costume and no idea where to start on make-up? Look no further, Martha Stewart has got every make-up type you can think of down to the ground!
2. Halloween Recipes
2.1. Spooky pumpkin cupcakes recipe
What you’ll need:
• 200g self-raising flour
• 1tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp ginger
• 1tsp mixed spice
• 1tsp cinnamon
• 150 caster sugar
• 150g brown sugar
• 170g pumpkin puree
• 2 eggs
• 2.5 tbsp maple syrup
• 125ml olive or sunflower oil
For the frosting:
• 300g of icing sugar
• 60g butter, at room temperature
• 60g cream cheese
• Food colouring to make black, green and orange icing
How to make the cupcakes:
|Make sure you add the recipe|
ingredients in the right order!
2. Mix the sugars, pumpkin puree, eggs, oil and maple syrup in a large ball.
3. In a small bowl mix the flour, baking powder and spices.
4. Slowly fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture, until you have a smooth mix.
5. Spoon the mixture into the cases- you should get 12, and the cases should be ½ to 3/4s full.
6. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Insert a knife into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, and the cakes are golden and spring back when touched, they are ready!
For the special frosting and decorating:
|A little food colouring goes a |
long way in this recipe!
2. Once smooth, divide the mixture three ways.
3. Place 2 tablespoons in one bowl (add a little green colouring), 1 tablespoon in another, with a little black food colouring and add orange food colouring to the remainder!
4. Now comes the fun part, and the test of your creative skills! Once the cupcakes are cool, ice the base orange, and then carefully ice green stalks- if you have a piping back this will be much easier.
5. Draw on a spooky face with the black food colouring, and you’re done! Halloween cupcakes to share with your friends and family…if there are any left by then!
2.2. Creepy Halloween Cookies Recipe
|Good cutters will make |
Halloween baking much easier!
What you need to make the Halloween cookies:
• 100g caster sugar
• 100g butter, softened
• 275g plain flour
• 1 egg
• A few drops of vanilla extract
• Halloween cutters!
And for decorating:
• 300g Icing sugar
• A couple of drops of water
• A couple of drops of food colouring of your choice
• Sweets, chocolate or Halloween decorations
How to make the Halloween cookies:
|Halloween cookies are easy to make|
and fun to decorate!
2. Cream the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon. When ready, it should look a bit like ice cream!
3. Beat the egg with the vanilla extract, and add it little by little to the butter and sugar mix, stirring continuously.
4. Stir in the flour, until the mixture becomes stiff and dough like. You may need to mix with your hands at this point.
5. Roll out the dough. It should be around a 1cm thick (no smaller!)
6. Using cutters of your choice, cut out your biscuits and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
7. Bake the biscuits for around 10 minutes. They should be golden brown. Leave on a wire rack to cool before decorating.
To make the icing:
|Get decorating: Halloween|
cookies have to be spooky!
2. If you have lots of different Halloween shapes and want to ice them with different colours, you may want to divide the icing sugar into a few different bowls at this stage.
3. Gradually add the food colouring and water until you have the desired consistency.
4. Make sure it is quite thick, so it doesn’t drip off the biscuits!
5. If it comes out too thin, just add icing sugar until the consistency is right.
6. Spread a thin layer of icing over each cookie. Feel free to add any other sweets, chocolate or Halloween decorations that take your fancy!
Have fun this Halloween! It’s a great excuse to relax, do some seasonal cooking, dress up and decorate your house! Why not have a Halloween house party and show off all your fantastic decorations?