There’s lots to love about autumn. Sure, the nights might be getting longer and the days getting colder, but it’s a season of cosy blankets, crunchy leaves, and of course, some beautifully sweet treats. Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to get baking! Aside from Christmas, there’s no better time to get in the kitchen than Halloween, and if your designer kitchen is fitted with the latest gadgetry from the likes of Neff and Quooker, now is a fantastic time to put them through their paces! Here’s some spooky recipe inspiration from our kitchens to help inspire your bakes this year.
Ghoulish ghosts are a must at Halloween, and these meringues are the perfect way to spook up your party. Adorable and easy to make, they’ll become a Halloween staple. To make them, you’ll need:
• 500g caster sugar
• 250g egg whites
• ¼ tsp pumpkin spice mix (or regular mixed spice mix)
• 1 tsp cream of tartar
• Edible black ink
Heat your Neff oven to 200C/180C fan. Prepare a tray with baking parchment and add the sugar, shaking it out so that it’s level. Heat for 5 minutes until it’s hot and bubbling. Beat the cream of tartar with the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Reduce the oven temperature to 110C/90C fan. Start adding the sugar to the mix until you have a stiff and glossy mixture. Add the spice flavouring and gently fold it in. Use a piping bag to squeeze the mixture onto the baking tray, releasing pressure as you pipe it to form ghost-like peaks. Bake for 40-50 minutes and add big ghost-like eyes with your edible ink. All done! Eerie, but enticing.
Here’s a super simple idea that has plenty of spookiness! These mummy biscuits are delicious and easy to do, making a great addition to your trick or treat snacks. Start by baking a simple, round vanilla biscuit and cover in white icing. Wait for the first layer to dry before using a piping bag with a thin nozzle to add horizontal, white stripes to the biscuits – the more uneven, the better! These should look like your mummies’ bandages. Pop two little eyes on (use tiny white marshmallows and black edible ink to DIY your own), and your biscuits are ready to serve.
If you’re looking for an easy way to add some Halloween creepiness to your cakes, cookies, and biscuits, we have a great idea. Use your Quooker tap to fill a bowl with boiling water, and add another bowl on top with milk or dark chocolate. Melt the chocolate using the heat from the water and spoon into a piping bag. On top of your sweet treats, pipe a circle of chocolate with four little spider legs on each side. It’s so simple to do but looks great, especially with lots of tiny spiders! Just remember to use boiling water from your Quooker taps for super quick melting.
Our kitchen designers know the capabilities of Neff and Quooker products inside out, and we often incorporate them into our exquisitely crafted designer kitchens. For a great real-world example, take a look at this case study of our contemporary kitchen with a country feel, where both Quooker and Neff have their spot in the limelight.
If you’re looking for an award-winning kitchen to bake your next seasonal treats in, take a look at more of our real customer kitchens. Or you can pop into one of our many showrooms across the North West, including in Liverpool, Blackburn, and Manchester, where our team will be more than happy to help you with any kitchen-related questions.