Odlums Halloween Tea Brack Recipe

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Odlums Halloween Choc Chip Muffins

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Ingredients

250g / 8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour

125g / 4oz Caster Sugar

12g / 1/4oz Cocoa

50g / 2oz Chocolate Chips

1 Level Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Large Egg

150ml / 1/4 pint Milk

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

125g / 4oz Margarine

To Decorate

For Buttercream:

125g/4oz Butter (room temperature)

225g/8oz Icing sugar (sieved) mixed with Cocoa Powder for chocolate topping & orange food colouring (mix red & yellow if orange not available) for Halloween

Plastic Spider/Halloween Novelty & sprinkles

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C/325°F/Gas 3.
  2. Melt margarine and allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  4. Mix the egg, milk and vanilla essence into the cooled margarine.
  5. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix to make a very soft mixture.
  6. Spoon into bun cases, making each case about two thirds full.
  7. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

Note

Makes 12 muffins if using bun cases or 8 muffins if muffin cases used.

Halloween Choc Chip Muffins

Neven has a Halloween recipe up his sleeve for us this week: Penne with pumpkin, crispy bacon, sage and Parmesan

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I love this time of year. Conor and Lucia have made their pumpkin lanterns and I never let anything go to waste. I make soup with the flesh that they have scraped out – which is also good with pasta. Sage is a herb that tastes particularly well with pumpkin.

This is a recipe that you could use any time of the year with butternut squash or with sweet potatoes instead of the pumpkin.

I mentioned recently how many butchers are making their own sausages and here is another chance to try some out. With colcannon, this makes a very tasty meal.

Colcannon is also delicious with any grilled meat or with Sunday lunch. I often use this onion gravy with roast meats or pork chops. Allowing it to carmelise adds great depth of flavour.

Happy cooking,

Neven

Penne with pumpkin, crispy bacon, sage and Parmesan

Serves four to six

4 tbsp olive oil

175g (175g) smoked streaky bacon lardons

500g (1¼lb) pumpkin, peeled, seeded and finely diced

15g (½oz) packet fresh sage, finely shredded

500g (1¼lb) penne pasta

50g (2oz) freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra to garnish

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 Heat the oil a large frying pan and fry the bacon for two to three minutes until crisp. Add the pumpkin with the sage. Season with salt and pepper and cook for four to five minutes, stirring occasionally until the pumpkin is cooked through.
  • 2 Cook the penne according to the packet instructions, then drain and add to the pumpkin with the crispy bacon. Stir in the Parmesan and season to taste, then divide among bowls.
  • 3 Garnish with extra Parmesan and black pepper.

Sausages with colcannon

Serves eight to 10

1.5kg (3lb) floury potatoes (such as Rooster), peeled and cut into chunks

8 traditional jumbo Irish pork sausages

225g (8oz) kale, finely shredded

2 scallions, very finely chopped

120ml (4fl oz) milk

75g (3oz) butter

Salt and pepper

Stout onion gravy, to serve (optional, see point 3)

  • 1 Steam the potatoes until tender. Cook the sausages in a frying pan in a little oil or under the grill. Place a knob of the butter and a tablespoon of water in a pan over a high heat. Add the kale and scallions with a pinch of salt. Cover, shake vigorously and cook for 1½ minutes. Shake again and cook for another 1½ minutes, until the cabbage or kale is tender but still crisp.
  • 2 Heat the milk in a small pan or in the microwave. Mash the potatoes and then beat in the butter with enough of the milk to make a smooth, creamy mash. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with the sausages and some gravy, if liked.
  • 3 Stout onion gravy: sauté thinly sliced onions in butter and season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with a little sugar to caramelise. Stir in a spoonful of flour and then pour in enough Guinness or beef stock from a cube to make a thick smooth gravy.

Fyffes banana mummies


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These spooky treats are sure to be a big Halloween hit. Just screenshot or check the comments for recipe details. 🎃👻🧟‍♂️2d


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Ingredients:
3 Fyffes bananas
100g mini-marshmallows
250g dark chocolate, chopped
21/2 tbsp sunflower oil
chocolate writing icing

Method:
First, peel & halve the bananas crossways. Insert a cake pop stick into the base of each banana. Put on a tray lined with nonstick baking paper & freeze for 1 hr. Meanwhile, prepare the eyeballs. Empty the mini-marshmallows into a bowl, & cut 6 in half crossways. Melt the dark chocolate with the sunflower oil in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

Dip each banana in the melted chocolate. Return to the tray & press in the halved marshmallows to make eyes. Freeze for 30 mins, until set. Microwave the remaining marshmallows on high for 20-30 secs, until just melted. Allow to cool so strands form, then wrap around each banana with a fork. Using the writing icing, dot an eye onto the marshmallow halves & enjoy.

Odlums Halloween Tea Brack Recipe

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Odlums Halloween Tea Brack Recipe

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Neven Maguire’s penne with pumpkin, crispy bacon, sage and Parmesan

I love this time of year. Conor and Lucia have made their pumpkin lanterns and I never let anything go to waste. I make soup with the flesh that they have scraped out – which is also good with pasta. Sage is a herb that tastes particularly well with pumpkin.

This is a recipe that you could use any time of the year with butternut squash or with sweet potatoes instead of the pumpkin.

I mentioned recently how many butchers are making their own sausages and here is another chance to try some out. With colcannon, this makes a very tasty meal.

Colcannon is also delicious with any grilled meat or with Sunday lunch. I often use this onion gravy with roast meats or pork chops. Allowing it to carmelise adds great depth of flavour.

Happy cooking,

Neven

Penne with pumpkin, crispy bacon, sage and Parmesan

Serves four to six

4 tbsp olive oil

175g (175g) smoked streaky bacon lardons

500g (1¼lb) pumpkin, peeled, seeded and finely diced

15g (½oz) packet fresh sage, finely shredded

500g (1¼lb) penne pasta

50g (2oz) freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra to garnish

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 Heat the oil a large frying pan and fry the bacon for two to three minutes until crisp. Add the pumpkin with the sage. Season with salt and pepper and cook for four to five minutes, stirring occasionally until the pumpkin is cooked through.
  • 2 Cook the penne according to the packet instructions, then drain and add to the pumpkin with the crispy bacon. Stir in the Parmesan and season to taste, then divide among bowls.
  • 3 Garnish with extra Parmesan and black pepper.

Sausages with colcannon

Serves eight to 10

1.5kg (3lb) floury potatoes (such as Rooster), peeled and cut into chunks

8 traditional jumbo Irish pork sausages

225g (8oz) kale, finely shredded

2 scallions, very finely chopped

120ml (4fl oz) milk

75g (3oz) butter

Salt and pepper

Stout onion gravy, to serve (optional, see point 3)

  • 1 Steam the potatoes until tender. Cook the sausages in a frying pan in a little oil or under the grill. Place a knob of the butter and a tablespoon of water in a pan over a high heat. Add the kale and scallions with a pinch of salt. Cover, shake vigorously and cook for 1½ minutes. Shake again and cook for another 1½ minutes, until the cabbage or kale is tender but still crisp.
  • 2 Heat the milk in a small pan or in the microwave. Mash the potatoes and then beat in the butter with enough of the milk to make a smooth, creamy mash. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with the sausages and some gravy, if liked.
  • 3 Stout onion gravy: sauté thinly sliced onions in butter and season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with a little sugar to caramelise. Stir in a spoonful of flour and then pour in enough Guinness or beef stock from a cube to make a thick smooth gravy.