In Scotland, we call it guising and when I was a girl, you dressed up and then you went to people’s doorsteps, and you had to do a ‘turn’. So we’d recite a poem or sing a song, or something and then we would be rewarded with sweets – sometimes even money! – I can’t really understand why Trick or Treating has been so readily accepted instead of this rather quaint tradition. I do however like the fact that we now carve pumpkins rather that Turnips (in England they call these swedes!), they were impossible, like carving lumps of wood. Incidentally, f you are carving a pumpkin this year and can wait until the next issue of Yours on 3rd November I do have a lovely recipe for mini pumpkin pies. (what you could do is cook the pumpkin and keep it in anticipation).
With no bonfire, no trick or treaters I wanted to do something fun! I love making cakes with wee ones and getting them baking but this could appeal to all ages! I am going to do this on my Live Instagram Friday 30th at 5pm – do join me or catch up later. I will run it as a class, step by step so the wee ones can join in – with supervision for the oven.
Wobbly web cupcakes – Serves 6
60g (2 oz) soft margarine/soft butter
60g (2 oz) self raising agent – sieved
60g (2oz) sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder – sieved
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
80g icing sugar -sieved
1 tbsp water
For the web – a coloured icing pen or a brush and some gel/paint
For the spider
Either a pack of fondant icing and some dyes
A small pack of multi pre-dyed fondant
Just one pre-dyed pack of pre-dyed icing fondant
Sweets to make legs – I found these in Poundland but you could by liquorice and cut up
Pre heat the oven to 165C Fan/180C/Gas Mark 4
I made the head by adding dye to icing paste, and then attached the legs but you could cut out a spider from paper!