At our inaugural Pinnies and Petticoats Baking Club all the bakes were sweet so I decided that I'd definitely go down the savoury route this time round for my spooky offering. I had a variety of potential ideas from scouring Pinterest for inspiration but settled on Hot Dog Mummies and Witchy Fingers both encompassing puff pastry.
|flour and butter mountain|
Then the rolling and folding and quarter turning, then back in the fridge for a further 30 mins. More rolling, folding and turning. Further refrigeration and it was ready to use. Not as complicated as I'd feared but a bit messy in terms of flour and stickiness. The proof however would be in the baking.
First up the cheese straw witches fingers. Top the pastry with egg wash, a mixture of grated parmesan and emmenthal cheese and a sprinkling of cayenne and paprika. Twist and place on a baking tray. Dip a whole almond in tomato ketchup and attach to the end. 10 mins or so in a hot oven and you have spooky fingers. I was really pleased with how these turned out. Suitably revolting looking - but in a good way.
Next the mummies. These were much more fiddly Long thin strips of rough puff required which you wrap round the sausage leaving space for a face. Into a hot oven where the problems started. The hot dogs began to explode. The length of cooking required to bake the pastry was too much for them and they began to expel their dubious contents over my oven. Enough were rescued to have mustard faces piped on them but the sausage skin had gone very chewy. Great concept but I reckon it would be nicer with proper butchers sausages.
Armed with my spooky savouries I headed to cake club. What a fantastic turnout of bakers. Our initial 8 from the inaugural meeting had multiplied to over 20 with a fantastic array of bakes to match. As Ms Pinnie herself commented it was like the best Halloween party ever. Amazing spread and variety of bakes, alas I've only captured some of them on camera.
Spiders too featured strongly with super cute Oreo Chocolate Spider Cookies, two spider web topped Chocolate Olive Oil Cakes from Nigellissima, a webby Japanese Cheesecake and spooktastic Sticky Gingerbread. I love bakes incorporating apples and really enjoyed the toffee apple cookies (I may have eaten more than my share) Unfortunately I didn't manage to try Karen's Toffee Apple Cupcakes which looked amazing.
In keeping with the Halloween theme the lovely Claire at Berry Scrumptious offered a sample of her limited edition Freaky Fudge to any food blogger willing enough to try it. Without even checking what the flavour was I offered the services of Pinnies and Petticoats bakers as being brave enough to try it. A packet of Bloody Mary Fudge duly arrived. Made with vodka, tomato puree, tabasco sauce and topped with celery salt. Now I'm a big Bloody Mary fan. Its my aeroplane drink of choice but fudge just might be taking it a step too far. However it got the thumbs up from me and the assembled cake club. Surprisingly sweet to start with but then the real kick of tabasco hits home. So much so that one baker had to rush for her glass of red to quell the heat. I dare you to try it. If you like chilli chocolate and the likes you'll love this.
|Pumpkin Pie Spice Macarons with White Chocolate Ganache|
|Halloween Hoot Owl Cookies|
The showstoppers in terms of looks had to be a three way tie between Lou from Please Do Not Feed the Animal's Halloween Hoot Owl Cookies, Colene's Pumpkin Pie Spice Macarons with White Chocolate Ganache and Elaine's Chocolate Brownie Graveyard. Star Baker split three ways.
|Pumpkin Pie Number 1|
|Pumpkin Pie Number 2 & Pumpkin and Choc Chip Muffins|
Unsurprisingly there was lots of pumpkin incorporated in the bakes. Two variations on Pumpkin Pie. Something I've never tasted before. The recipe Tom used can be found here and he bought his tinned pumpkin from Wowzie. There were also Pumpkin and Chocolate Brownie Cakes, Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Woopie Pies (another first for me) and to keep me company in the savoury corner Cheese and Pumpkin Tartlets.
|Mint Choc Chip Meringues & Oreo Spiders|
|Spooky Surprise (lemon curd in the center) Ghostly Cupcakes|
|Toffee Apple Cupcakes, Pumpkin Cupcakes, Chocolate Olive Oil Cake|
The next Pinnies and Petticoats meet has been scheduled for Friday 16th December, 7pm at Tiger Tiger for a Pre-Christmas Party with suitable themed bakes. Fancy joining us? Check out the Facebook page. It would be lovely to see you there. Especially if you bring cake and wear a festive jumper. We'll be getting into (and drinking) the Christmas spirit and I for one fully intend to be dancing round my Tupperware box by the end of the night.