Monthly Archives: October 2011

Apple Recipe Round Up – TPW Challenge October

The Pink Whisk Challenge has been such a fabulous success with lots of you sharing your best apple recipe Here they are in all their appley glory!  

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Toffee Apples

Toffee ApplesHow to make your own toffee apples – great for this time of year, making your own is easy and brilliant fun!  

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Chicken Bacon and Leek Halloween Pies

Halloween Chicken Bacon and Leek Pies

It’s so much easier to for me to think sweet treats for Halloween – but why not try these lovely chicken bacon and leek Halloween pies,  you can also use this recipe to make a large family pie.  Once you get to grips with the glaze idea you’ll be using it on all sorts of things!

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Spooky Spectacular Halloween Cake

I thought I’d throw in a decorated Halloween cake to the projects pot this year using a really simple but effective cake decorating technique – brushed royal icing.

If you’d like to have a go at this cake at home (and it’s not half as tricky as it looks) you will need:

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How to Cover a Cake with Sugarpaste

How to cover a cake in sugarpaste

I’ve already shown you how to marzipan and cover a fruit cake with sugarpaste when we were making Christmas cakes last year (post here) but it’s useful to be able to cover sponge cakes with sugarpaste too.  The preparation is a little different so here’s how to….

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Pumpkin Cake Pops


Pumpkin Cake Pops

For cake pops you need a little bit of patience, they’re not tricky but they do have a fair few steps to them.  For me that means they need to be made for a special occasion!  Halloween in our house comes a close to Christmas in the fun stakes – costumes, face painting, scary house decorating and generally having fun it what it’s all about for me (nevermind the boys!)   If you’re having a party or want to do something different for your trick or treaters then these are just the thing.

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Toffee Apple Tart

Toffee Apple Tart

So to kick off The Pink Whisk October Challenge here’s my apple recipe for Toffee Apple Tart.



150g plain flour

65g butter, cold

25g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

enough water to combine (2 -3 tablespoons)


70g fresh breadcrumbs (about 2 slices of fresh bread, blitzed)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2-3 large apples

(unpeeled my apples weigh about 550g, you will need enough apple that when peeled, cored and diced will cover the top of your tart case.  

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The Pink Whisk Challenge – October

The Pink Whisk Challenge

October sees the start of a new monthly Pink Whisk baking challenge – there’s so many lovely recipes and lots of great baking out there I thought it was time you shared it with me (you could win yourself a great prize too – but more on that in a minute!)

At the start of each month I will set a baking challenge based around a seasonal ingredient, and also reserve the right to throw in something random occasionally too (probably glitter!)

October’s challenge is Apples – still bountiful at this time of year and I’m always looking for great recipes to use them up.

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