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Wow, is it nearly Halloween already?! Today’s make would be a terrifyingly tasty party treat, or just something to sink your teeth into if you’re feeling a bit…bitey!!

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You Will Need:

Brownie Batter

(250g chocolate

200g butter

200g caster sugar

3 eggs

125g plain flour – or bread flour for a chewy texture

50g cocoa powder

  • Preheat oven to 160 c /gas 3
  • Melt butter and chocolate in a microwave
  • In a different bowl cream the eggs and sugar
  • Combine both mixtures and stir well
  • Sift in flour and cocoa, mix completely)

Frosting

(1 pack cream cheese

Ready made custard

Icing sugar

Green food colouring

  • Mix the cream cheese with around half a cup of icing sugar
  • Add 4 or 5 tablespoons of custard – taste to get the flavour you want, but don’t let the mixture get too sloppy
  • Mix in food colouring to the shade you desire)

Cupcake cases

Decorations – we used glace cherries, rainbow drops and candy floss

  • Spoon your brownie batter in to the cases.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for twenty minutes. The brownies will still be gooey in the middle, this is just how you want them!
  • While your cupcakes are cooling, mix up your frosting then chill it until the cakes are ready.
  • Decorate your zombie!!

Eeek!  Urrrgh!

Then tuck in to your victim!

zombie

walker

Stay tuned for more gruesome fun!

 

 

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We could apologise for disappearing, we could grovel and beg you to forgive us…

…or, we could give you jam!

The hedgerows are bursting with blackberries which we usually turn into a crumble or blackberry and apple pie. We’ve always fancied ourselves as jam makers, but were put off by mention of thermometers and sterilizing equipment. But after some experimentation we bring you a quick and easy jam recipe, that makes small amounts in mere minutes!

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You will need:

Blackberries

Sugar

A lemon or lime

A microwave proof jug

A spoon

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  • Pick some blackberries, a bowlful is perfect.
  • Wash them – a good way is to fill the bowl of berries with water, swirl, rinse and repeat 2 or 3 times.
  • Weigh the berries, then weigh out the same amount of sugar. Granulated sugar is fine for this recipe.
  • Tip the berries in to a microwave proof jug.

3

  • Squeeze in a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice.
  •  Microwave the berries for about 2 to 3 minutes (depending on how powerful your microwave is).

5

  • The berries should be all hot and squishy, now stir in your sugar until it is completely dissolved.

4

  • Put the jam mixture back in the microwave and keep cooking (for bursts of a minute to a minute and a half) and then stirring.
  • Do this 4 or 5 times, keep an eye on it as it can bubble over and make quite a mess otherwise!
  • Please remember, the jam is VERY hot, take care when stirring.

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  • Pour the jam in to a small tub or bowl and leave to set. As this recipe contains little pectin (an ingredient that helps jam set, it naturally occurs in citrus fruits – hence the lemon or lime juice), it will be quite runny. If you can bear to leave it over night it will set to a more syrupy, sticky consistency – perfect on toast for your breakfast!

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We hope you enjoy this delicious jam! This makes a fairly small amount that should last you a couple of days. Stay tuned for our next crafty make 😀