Monday, October 31, 2016

Mini Bundt Cake Halloween Ghosts

If you have waited until the last minute to make some Halloween treats for your party, here's a great recipe to whip up in a jiffy. To save even more time, go ahead and use a cake mix. 

I promise I won't tell.

You don't have to color the cake underneath at all. If you choose not to, then you have the option of swapping out chocolate or spice flavored cake.

These ghosts aren't one bit scary but they sure are cute and sure to delight your guests both large and small. 

If you don't have royal icing eyes on hand, you can create the eyes out of any black candy. Pipe some extra glaze on a piece of parchment paper and gently push a piece of candy in the middle for the pupil. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Knife in the Head Skull Cake

My whole focus on making this year's Halloween treats was to create recipes that were easy and fast to make. 

Let me say first off, this skull cake takes a long time to make. However, the time-consuming part is for creating the cake only. It has several steps involving cooling and chilling in the fridge. 

In keeping with my quick and easy theme, once the cake was completed, uncomplicated decorating was in order. 

I whisked together a simple white sugar glaze and poured it over the assembled cake then rummaged through my kitchen drawer to find a cool knife (thank you, Wusthoff!) and stuck it in the top of the cake. The finishing touch was pouring edible fake blood around the base of the knife, letting it drip down the cake. Done and dusted. 

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Cake
My previous skull cakes have been elaborately decorated. See the Day of the Dead Skull cake above  I made a few years ago. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Black & Orange Deviled Eggs for Your Halloween Party

This Halloween I am all about making quick, cute, festive and most of all easy treats. Last year I served deviled eggs at my party The filling in the centers were shaped into little pumpkins. They were gone in about 3 seconds flat.

This year I tested a few other ideas I have seen around the interwebs. I've always wanted to create these spiderweb eggs but, even though I loved the resulting design, the two hours chill time in the fridge time pretty much murdered the quick and easy thing. 

I found this video which showed how quick you can dye cooked egg whites. Like 5 minutes quick. The secret is rice vinegar. Who knew?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Easy Monster Clusters for Halloween

Raise your hand if you love quick and easy treats for parties.

This recipe is also a fun, no-bake activity to do with your kids but children of all ages will love these.  

These went super fast for my because I used ready made eyes that I routinely create from leftover royal icing. Easy instructions below for making your own eyes out of  white and black candy melts. You can also use dark or milk or white chocolate to create these. Just substitute them for the candy melts.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Curry Pumpkin Fries with Black Sesame Garlic Sauce

Let the parade of black and orange food begin...with this, my first official Halloween-y recipe of the season. 

Halloween and Thanksgiving are tied for the honor of being my favorite holidays. In addition to planning my Thanksgiving menu over the entire year,  I spend hours collecting and creating fun recipes for my annual BooTini/HalloweenieTini parties. 

For my Halloween festivities, I make a few themed vodka martinis (candy corn, blood orange, poison apple, etc.) and create a fun and impressive array of spooky looking delicious dishes to impress my guests. 

So here's my spicy and ultra tasty contribution for my next Halloween party. Or yours.

Not having one? This recipe gives you a good excuse to reconsider.

There's a whole lot of flavor going on here. The slightly sweet pumpkin fries are coated in curry powder and the black sesame mayo has a sting of garlic. I was skeptical at first but the whole thing works together beautifully. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pumpkin Pecan Butterscotch Strudel

I've been eying pumpkin strudel recipes, both savory and sweet in German cooking magazines for years. It was time to try my own. I was torn over which recipe to create, a savory or sweet one. Sweet won out. Savory will have to wait its turn until later. Sigh. So many pumpkins so little time.

Butterscotch is one of my favorite childhood flavors and I was curious to incorporate it into traditional German strudel. Score!

 As complicated as this recipe looks, the steps are relatively easy. The dough needs an hour rest time in the fridge but I made the day before and the strudel came out fine. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Everyday Whole-Grain Bread - October's King Arthur Flour Bakealong & Bake For Good

This is the third challenge since King Arthur Flour launched their Bakealong and I'm having so much fun baking along with their wonderful monthly recipes. This month in particular has been especially exciting. 

For October, the company is sponsoring a Bake For Good challenge. Pledge to bake something and share it with someone in your community, King Arthur Flour will send you a flour coupon and donate the cost of one meal to Feeding America. Share a picture of your creation on social media using #bakeforgood.

As for the recipe challenge, I definitely need help and practice in the bread baking department. So although last month's Inside Out Pumpkin muffins were scrumptious and delicious, I was happy to see this everyday whole-grain bread as October's challenge.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Red Pear Pumpkin Marzipan Pie

After stating I was taking a breather from participating in the pumpkin recipe parade, I lasted two whole days and am back with this. 

Willpower people.

In truth, this was going to be an apple pumpkin marzipan pie. Then I saw these gorgeous red pears in the market and damn near lost my mind. 

These juicy ruby red lovelies added a sweet pear flavor layer instead of a tart apple taste. By the way, there is plenty of sweet going on in this pie. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sage Potato Corn Soup

A little break from the pumpkin everything is a good thing. Today I present a Fall soup that is a hearty and tasty break from the bombardment of pumpkin everything this time of year. 

Fresh corn cut off the cob is blended with potatoes, vegetable broth, cream and fresh sage. 

Every year the sage in my garden seems to last until the end of November. An herbal blessing I am always Thankful for when cooking my Thanksgiving dinner. 

Speaking of Thanksgiving, this is an another winner recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. I would recommend serving it up to your guests in small vessels (cups rather than soup bowls). The soup is so so thick and hearty, it's a meal within itself. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Apple Cardamom Cake with Caramelized Almonds

The fall magic surrounding this recipe is the cake part is just the frame. The dessert is stuffed with a thick layer of seasonal apples steamed in cardamom sugar and caramelized almonds.

What's not to like?

This cake is another great Thanksgiving dessert idea. After your guests are stuffed with carbs from the meal, this dessert, containing mostly fruit and nut might be the lighter option. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Creamy Pumpkin Caraway Sauerkraut

To be honest, pumpkin and sauerkraut were never my favorite things to eat. After years of food blogging, and 10 spent living in Germany I have surprised myself by developing a taste for both.  I've been officially worn down or converted or whatever. 

If these two foods were not that interesting for me, then putting them together in the same dish would never have happened never in a million years. Here I am, a grown up food blogger with my adapted German palate marrying the two in this recipe. 

In developing this pumpkin sauerkraut dish, I focused on making the recipe simple and flavorful. I was unprepared for how delicious the end result would be. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pear Poppy Seed Cake With Caramel Sauce

Not only is this cake a cinch to make, not only does it serve an army, the best part of this fabulous cake are the pears. Beautiful pears wrapped in a soft poppy seed-studded cake that stay crisp and juicy even after baking. 

I found this recipe in a German cooking magazine years ago. It's been bookmarked and passed over forever. So happy now that I took the time to tweak it and test it out. It got rave reviews. 

I used Anjou pears but you can use any type you like. Just make sure they are firm and not too ripe or mushy.

To finish the cake,  homemade caramel sauce is drizzled over the top. You can use store bought if you are short on time. The cake has plenty of moisture and flavor without it. However, the caramel sauce does add another layer of fall inspired flavor. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Lemon Roast Chicken Over a Bed of Marjoram Semmelknödel

Why bother serving roast chicken pieces with semmelknoedel in ball form when you can just lay the pieces on a whole damn bed of bread dumplings

That's what I'm talkin' about. Each serving of tangle lemon roasted chicken rests on its own luscious generous pillow of homemade marjoram-scented knoedel. 


Semmelknoedel, for those of you who are not familiar with them, are German bread dumplings. The recipe is simple to make and also easy to adapt flavorwise using herbs and spices. The only caveat is the mixture has to stand for 1 hour before cooking.