Whether you are expecting to have an adult Halloween party this year, a birthday party for your kids, or just a night in with the family, I have something for everyone in this post!
One of my favorite Halloween/Fall ideas that I recently saw was leaf tortillas. This is such a colorful and fun way to turn an ordinary chips and salsa dish into something your guests will be talking about all night long!
Leaf-shaped cookie cutter
2 or 3 flour 8-inch tortillas (each one will yield 3 leaves)
Olive oil or Olive oil spray
- Preheat your oven to around 400 degrees.
- Cut out the leaf shapes using your cookie cutter. It's sometimes easier to layer the tortillias on top of eachother (5-6) and cut all together.
- Set the "leaves" on a cookie sheet and dust with a layer of olive oil. You can use the olive oil spray or real olive oil with a pasty brush.
- Bake the leaves until the edges just begin to brown (about 4 minutes). Then remove them from the oven and sprinkle on salt. Serve the leaves with salsa or another favorite dip, or enjoy them plain
http://howtoeatacupcake.net/ (photo above) that has some great ideas for any kind of cupcake, or pastry you can imagine. This photo is pretty self explainatory and a great example of what you can do on your cupcakes.
Since there is a variety of designs, I will show you how to make my favorite cupcake, the spider web cupcake.
Here is what you will need:
White icing (or any color but black)
Black icing/gel in a small tube
Plastic Spider (you can purchase these just about anywhere)
1. Let your cupcakes cool all the way and then add your base icing
2. After your base icing is applied, create 3 rings (like a target) with your black icing/gel around the top of your cupcake.
3. Take your toothpick, starting from the inside ring and gently pull the black icing downward to the outer ring. Repeat around the whole cupcake!
4. Add your spider and put on a festive plate and you are done!
photo from McCormick blog
I could seriously go on and on but will narrow it down to one more item today! Speaking of serious...this is a desert that I don't take lightly. One of my favorites and probably soon to be one of yours as well...Gelato!
Gelato, or the plural Gelati, is the Italian regional variant of ice cream. As such, gelato is made with similar ingredients as most ice-creams around the world, with milk (and cream), sugar (and other sweeteners), flavorings (fruits, nuts, essences, etc.) and air as the main ingredients. It's smooth, buttery texture is not only sure to please your taste buds, but also your tummy!
here for the recipe link (try not to look at the nutrition content on the left hand side!!).
After you have made your Gelato, there are some fun ways to showcase your newly made masterpiece! One of my favorite ways to do this is to serve the Gelato in a small pumpkin. All you will have to do is cut the top off the pumpkin, scoop or carve out all insides and add Gelato!
There are so many options out there for even the picky eater. I challenge everyone to try something new this year and maybe you will start your own Halloween tradition!!!