Sweet and Scary Halloween

It is wonderful to put your mind on something fun and escape the usual demands of the day. This is the perfect time to make the most of what little time you may have.

My friend Pat and I decided to make Pumpkin Bread and used a bread loaf pan to create a coffin-like effect, and a pumpkin shaped cake pan. If you like to make your own pumpkin bread, this is a very nice recipe you may want to try by Jenn Segal from onceuponachef.com I’ve used this recipe in the past and enjoyed it very much.

This time we used Pillsbury Pumpkin Bread Mix to suit our purposes.

I have friends that refuse to use specialty baking pans due to the fact that cake or bread tends to turn out dry. I’ve found out the hard way (no pun intended) that following the instructions isn’t always a good idea when baking with novelty pans. What has worked for me (generally) is 25 minutes to 1/2 hour baking time at 375 degrees but the very best way to be sure is when you catch its full aroma in your nostrils. It’s a warning that your baked good is baked and should come out even if you test it and find a couple of little crumbs on the toothpick. It always seems to balance out and taste nice and moist.

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I made my own cream cheese frosting. The following ingredients are for one.

4 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup of butter (melted)

2 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar

1 tsp of vanilla extract

Hand mix ingredients together thoroughly.  Keep at room temperature for about an hour for the flavors to set. I find that waiting for the frosting to set before adding food coloring is easiest, just two or three drops if desired.

Then came the most fun of all – Decorating! We bought some color appropriate sprinkles and scary candies with black icing and the laughs began. Although the mix was store bought, our scary treats disappeared in about a 1/2 hour after the gang arrived and that’s an added bonus.

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