Baking Halloween and Fall Treats

Hey everyone. Today I have a guest post written by Sarah over at Little Bertha @ http://www.littlebertha.com.au. So here you go…

Baking Halloween and Fall Treats:

With each new season comes a new excuse to indulge in the delights of the weather. While winter and fall may bring back some dreary damp days, making it a struggle to make it to work in the morning, it does offer some very delicious dessert options to help warm our hearts and souls. My favourite part of fall is the bright red, oranges and yellows that brighten up the sidewalks and the way that these colours end up on our plates with the help of seasonal pumpkins and apples. With this in mind I have a quick and easy Halloween cupcake recipe to get you excited for the annual festivities.

halloween spider cupcake

For the Halloween cupcakes, you have two options. You can either make simple vanilla cupcakes with a little orange colouring to give it that orange glow, or go the extra mile and make pumpkin spiced cupcakes, you can find the recipe for that here. Once your cupcakes are in the oven, make a batch of cream cheese frosting:

60g of cream cheese, softened

30g butter, softened

dash of vanilla essence

¾ cup icing sugar, adjusted as needed

Once the cupcakes have cooled, slather on the frosting with a butter knife and smooth it over the top. With a black decorator pen (these are small tubes filled with icing, you can buy them from most home ware stores), draw about 4 concentric circles. Using a toothpick drag a line from the middle to the edge of the cupcake, through the circles. Repeat this about 5 times, until you have a spider web pattern on the top of your cupcake. Top with gummy spiders or make your own with liquorice. Winner Halloween treat!

Other fall dessert ideas include the all important Pumpkin Pie, no fall season would be complete without one, and any recipe that includes the flavours of maple, walnuts, pecans or warming alcohol like whiskey and bourbon. Little Bertha have a great Maple, Walnut and Bourbon tart that is perfect treat for a fall day.

apple pie tarts

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Bourbon BBQ Sliders with Garlic Aioli

Oh my, these little sammies were sooooo very good. I must tell you now that 1 pound of ground beef will only yield 10 (2 oz. each) burger patties, and 10 sliders is just not enough for the four of us. So if you decide to make these awesome sliders, make 2 lbs! The recipe for the bbq sauce and the aioli is plenty for twice the patties. All you have to do is saute a little extra onion, garlic, and peppers.

This recipe is in 3 parts, so I am going to start with the aioli since it will need some time to chill. I recommend any recipe that has lots of mayo in it to refrigerate as long as possible so all the flavors can infuse and there won’t be an overwhelming mayo taste.

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Garlic Aioli

1/2 cup mayo

1 T fresh lemon juice

1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate. *If you have an immersion blender I recommend giving this mixture a quick blending to really get those pieces of jalapeno and garlic minced as much as possible. Also this helps blend all the flavors real well.

Bourbon BBQ Sauce

1 onion, minced

1 jalapeño pepper, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup BBQ sauce

1/4 cup bourbon

1/4 cup brown sugar

Chop up the veggies as fine as possible. If you don’t like much pepper you can use just the leftover half from the aioli. Saute in EVOO and allow a few minutes to cool. Only use about 3/4 of this onion mixture and reserve the rest for the meat.

Combine the onion mixture with the bbq sauce, the bourbon, and the sugar. Taste and add more sugar or bourbon as needed.

Set aside.

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Bourbon BBQ Sliders

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/4 of the onion mixture you made for the bbq sauce

1 pkg fried onion crisps

1 pkg Hawaiian sweet rolls

Add the remaining onion mixture with the meat and combine well. You can even add a few tablespoons of the Bourbon BBQ sauce to the meat but not too much or your burgers will not stay together.

Grill burgers and toast the rolls.

Assemble your slider by putting a small dab of aioli on the bottom portion of the roll, then a patty, topped with a dab or two of bourbon bbq sauce and some fried onions. Place top half of roll on top and enjoy!

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