Happy Halloween! | WEEKEND WIND UP #49

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It’s Halloween weekend again so I kept looking for some spooky inspiration for a perfect Halloween party.

1. Spooky Cocktails via Martha Stewart / / 2. Halloween dekoration (eyeball wreath via The Dainty Squid & Halloween garland via Fredflare) / / 3. Corpse Bride cake via Pinterest/Google / / 4. Halloween game via kidzui / / 5. Halloween food (cupcakes via Cute for Kids) / / 6. Pumpkin via Skull-a-day 

There’s much more cool stuff out there, e. g. Halloween pancake molds, more inventive Halloween recipes and Peanuts Spooky Hot Chocolate

I’m sure everyone who plans a Halloween breakfast/tea/party will find plenty of inspiration on the web.

Do you have any fun Halloween activities planned? 

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Autumn Baking

Autumn is pumpkin time – naturally, I’d like to show you today how to make pumpkin pie.

What you need:

200 g flour

1 tablespoon sugar

125 g butter

1 pinch of salt

~ 600 g pumpkin (I used hokkaido)

4 eggs

2 tablespoons sour cream

5 tablespoons golden syrup

cinnamon, cloves,…

Cut pumpkin into cubes (use a spoon to get rid of the seeds) and spread on a baking sheet. Cook at 200°C for about 20-30 minutes or until the pulp is soft. (If you use a steam oven, 15 minutes will do.)

In the meantime make the dough: mix butter, sugar, flour and salt. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of cold water, if necessary.

In between two layers of clingfilm – just like I did when making my apple pie the other day – roll out the dough and put it in your pan.

Put the pan into the fridge for about half an hour.

Mash the pumpkin pulp (use a food processor!) and mix with the remaining ingredients.

Spread the pumpkin pulp over the base of your pie and cook at 180 – 200°C for 30 – 40 minutes.

This pie is super-easy to make (even easier than apple pie, actually) and I especially love the bright orange colour.

Skulls & Bones & Candy | WEEKEND WIND UP #5

One of my favourite German blogs, brezel.me, pointed out earlier this week that amazon is now selling groceries, food and beverages.

That is just crazy.

I decided to investigate on the matter and so while surfing on amazon and looking at all the ridiculous things they sell there, I found the most A-M-A-Z-I-N-G cookie cutter:

Isn’t it cool? I think it’s hilarious. Just imagine great-grand-auntie {insert name of nosy relative} invites herself to come to your place for a cup of tea and you dish up these biscuits…

I do realise that most pastry shops will not like the thought of skull-and-bones-shaped confectionery, nevertheless have I been playing with the idea of training as a confectioner with this bickie cutter being the first tool of the trade I’d buy.

Now, here is some other cool stuff I found (click pictures for source):

NESTABLE: Matryoshkas as measuring cups!

CUTE: A "Tweety"-cake tin.

YIN & YANG: Gives your desserts some good feng shui!

ROMANTIC: Heart-shaped love puzzle.

STAND BY YOUR MAN: With some tool-shaped handyman-bickies.

The following are three other things that would come in quite handy, I think (or are just cool in general): This amazing cake tin that makes your cake turn out 3D-pumpkin-shaped. How cool is that?

Then there are those silicon muffin tins (I think they might be worth a try, because you can use them again and again and don’t have to throw them out like the paper cases).

And finally that cake tin on the right. I love how it looks like a soon-to-be-in-full-bloom rose. So beautiful. I bet it makes some yummy cake!

I would love to start baking right away, but before I go, here is one random picture I found.

When I first looked at it, I thought it was an emu or a moa even, but then it occurred to me it might be a dinosaur:

FROM OUTER SPACE: Moa-Dinosaur-Goose.

Well, according to amazon, this is actually meant to be a goose. I reckon it looks like a Moa-Dinosaur-Goose-Alien from outer space, but yeah… it might just be a normal goose with weird feet, who knows.

♨ Enjoy your weekend and lovely baking, everyone! ♨

Do you like baking? What are your favourite baking tins? What is your favourite recipe?