Halloween Treats

Amrita Prasad
Thursday, 26 October 2017


Pune-based chefs share Halloween recipes and tell you how to make your food look scary and appetising as well

Halloween is all about fun and fiesta, costumes and cosplay, and surprises and spookiness. Celebrated on October 31, all over the world, Halloween Day, which originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts, today has become a pop culture and a day full of merrymaking, trick-or-treat activities, carving jack-o-lanterns and indulging in scrumptious food and drinks. If you are a foodie, here are some Halloween treats that you can enjoy.   

SEA MONSTER FETTUCCINE AND BLACK LEMONADE
Praduman Bisht, executive sous chef, Marriott Suites Pune, shares a delicious but spooky recipe for your Halloween party:

Ingredients
For fettuccine
    Refined flour....2 cups (plus extra for rolling the pasta)
     Salt....    . 1/2 tsp
     Eggs..    .3
     Spinach paste as required
For tomato sauce
     Fresh tomatoes (peeled and seedless)...    .2 kg
     Olive oil..    ..250 ml
     Onions (medium and diced).    ...3
     Cloves of fresh garlic (finely minced)...    .8
     Fresh basil leaves (finely chopped)..    .100 gm
     Oregano..    .1 tsp
     Bay leaf..    .2
     Parsley (chopped).    ..1 tsp
     Salt to taste
     Carrot (finely diced)..    ..200 gm  
For presentation
     Sliced olives
     Fresh Bocconcini  (small mozzarella)
Method
Green Fettuccine
     Whisk together the flour and salt with a fork in a medium mixing bowl.
     Create a deep well in the middle of the flour and crack the eggs into this well.
     Mix the eggs and flour to make pasta dough. When half way mix spinach paste as well.
     Knead the pasta dough and let it rest for 30 min.
     After which, divide the dough into small balls and roll them into the pasta machine. Make thin sheets and cut it. Sprinkle flour to avoid sticking together and keep aside.
Tomato sauce
     Pour the olive oil into a large stockpot over medium heat.
     Add diced onions, garlic and diced carrots.
     Sauté for 6-8 minutes or until onions are translucent and tender.
     Add tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, oregano, bay leaves, parsley and salt.
     Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours or until cooked and starting to darken.
     Use a blender to puree sauce until smooth.

 For presentation
     Blanch the pasta in boiling water.
     In a pan, add olive oil and add some chopped garlic. Sauté it well and add pasta. Toss it well and add some chopped spinach.
    In a separate pan reheat the tomato sauce. Check for seasoning if required.
     Place the pasta in a serving bowl. Pour tomato sauce on it.
     Garnish it with fresh Bocconcini and olives.

Black Lemonade
Ingredients
    Lemon..    .2
    Charcoal powder....    1 tsp
    Soda..    .250 ml
    Sugar syrup as required
    Ice as required
Method
    Cut lemon in half and squeeze it with a juicer. Make sure to pick out any seeds. Pour lemon juice into a glass.
    Add charcoal powder to the lemon juice, and stir.
    Fill the glass with ice and add soda water. Stir in sugar syrup to taste.
    Garnish with a slice of lemon.

 

Creative Garnishes

Halloween is a time to dig into an array of mouthwatering dishes. Evviva Sky Lounge —Crowne Plaza Pune is offering Halloween specials like Fiery Chicken, Deviled Red Velvet Cake, Spider Pizza, Meatball Spaghetti, Pumpkin Pudding and so on that will tantalise your taste buds.

Chef Sarika Kamble from the restaurant says that Pumpkin Pie, Meatballs and Spaghetti, Carrot and Oatmeal Cookies are among the most popular dishes made on Halloween across the globe. To give a spooky effect to what you cook, she says you have to get a little creative and play around with the garnishes.

Kamble suggests, “Desserts garnished with egg whites that are baked and shaped like a bone add to the fun. You can also make worms and spiders with cream and decorate cupcakes with them. Graveyard designs on pies also look great.”

Pumpkins are a special part of Halloween, hence she advises that one should make pies, cookies, custard, cakes, stews, soups and so on using pumpkin. Here, she shares a recipe:

FROSTED PUMPKIN COOKIES
Ingredients
    Refined flour...500 gm
    Baking powder...1 tsp
    Baking soda...1 tsp
    Cinnamon powder...2 tsp
    Nutmeg powder...½ tsp
    Clove powder...½ tsp
    Salt...½ tsp
    Eggs...2
    Softened butter...350 gm
    Sugar...250 gm
    Pumpkin purée...100 gm
    Vanilla essence..1 tsp
    Icing sugar...2 tsp
    Milk...50 ml
    Melted butter...100 gm
Method
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    Sieve the refined flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves (powdered), and salt together.
 In a mixing bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar.
 Add the pumpkin purée, egg, and 1 tsp vanilla to the butter mixture, and beat till creamy.
    Mix in the sieved flour mixture to the pumpkin mix.
    Pour on a baking sheet, or silicon mat and flatten slightly.
    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
    While the cookies cool down prepare the glaze.
    For the glaze, mix confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tbsp melted butter, and 1 tsp vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.
    Then drizzle the glaze on the cookies

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