Monthly Archives: October 2015

10 ways to use a pumpkin

pumpkin We love Autumn and all the seasonal fun that comes with it, in particular Halloween and most importantly pumpkins!

For us, pumpkins are one of those ingredients that really sums up this time of year and a great way to get the whole family involved in the fun, from picking your pumpkin, carving it to baking with it – the possibilities are endless. We share our 10 ways to use a pumpkin:

1. This week we ventured out to hand-select our perfect pumpkin. We really love pick your own farms, and there are a surprising amount dotted around most of the country so we would highly recommend researching where your nearest one is.

We were spoilt for your choice at our pumpkin patch – big, small, unusually shaped, stripey, even white pumpkins!

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2. We’d been researching pumpkin designs for weeks on Pinterest but in reality when we got our pumpkins back home we just let our inner creativity run its own course. Most supermarkets sell handy little carving kits which are ideal for basic pumpkins design. Don’t forget to save the pumpkin flesh and seeds when you’re carving – we will show you how to use these later. carve

Once our pumpkin was carved we then had the impatient wait until it was dark enough for us to spark the tea lights hidden inside and set our pumpkin aglow.

What’s great about pumpkins is that there is no wastage, all the delicious flesh scooped out of the centre can be used in a whole host of seasonal recipes.

3. Mini Pumpkin Pies – these ‘scream’ of autumn flavours, pumpkin and spices in little bitesize pies

4. Pumpkin and Ginger Cupcakes – if you’re a fan of cupcakes then this is the recipe for you. Best enjoyed with your feet up and a warm drink in hand.

5. Pumpkin and molasses Cookies – if you are looking for a homemade alternative for trick or treaters why not give these a try. The molasses sugar in this recipe gives a lovely treacle flavour.

6. Handbaked spiced pumpkin loaves – we love this bread. Shaped like a pumpkin this acts as a great centre piece at a Halloween dinner party. For an added twist spread a flavoured butter on your slices when serving.

7. Pumpkin, goats cheese and rocket pizza – having a Halloween night in treat your ghosts and ghouls to this yummy pizza. It’s frightfully tasty!

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8. Don’t forget the pumpkin seeds can be used too and are particularly great for sprinkling on homebaked bread.

9. For a healthy snack, roast your leftover pumpkin seeds. If you like them salty, boil the seeds in salted water before roasting in the oven. Don’t forget to oil the roasting tray first!

10. If you have more of a sweet tooth, try frying up the pumpkin seeds in a pan with brown sugar to caramelise and make a delicious sweet treat.

Happy Halloween!!!

The Chocolate Show 2015

choc show logo We were very excited to hear of an upcoming food show this month based around one of our favourite ingredients…chocolate!

The Chocolate Show returns to Olympia National this year between 16th-18th October and has a line-up with more variety that a tub of Quality Street’s at Christmas.

There will be a chocolate factory where Paul Wayne–Gregory will be demonstrating the techniques behind the chocolate making process – making this the first show ever to make chocolate from the bean live on site.

Not to be missed, our favourite chocolatier Paul a Young will be making his famous brownies live at the show and serving warm with a variety of toppings including his world award winning sea salted caramel sauce. truffles

There will be appearances from celebrity chefs including Will Torrent, Willie Harcourt-Cooze, Chris & Jeff Galvin, Tony Rodd and GBBO winner Edd Kimber who will be showcasing their patisserie and chocolate recipes live on the main stage.

The delicious Tasting Room will offer guests a chance to taste and learn about some of the world’s best chocolate.

Award-winning musical Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, will host the children’s area where little hands can get messy with chocolate workshops and an appearance from the iconic Great Glass Elevator.

Ever dreamed of dressing in chocolate? There is a world famous Chocolate Fashion Show live on the catwalk each day at 5pm – bigger and more awe-inspiring than ever before.
And what’s most exciting is that BakingMad.com readers can get a 10% discount with this exclusive code. Simply enter BAKINGMAD when purchasing your tickets at www.thechocolateshow.co.uk