Dust of your witch’s hats and get those stripy knee highs out the bottom drawer… Halloween is just round the corner! It’s that time of year we fear brats posting stink bombs through the letter box if we don’t answer our doorbells and hideously dressed party goers jump out of doorways to frighten the life out of us as we innocently walk home from work. But it’s a great time for parties, for spooky cocktails and themed party food!
At the Murder Mystery Company we’ve been slaving away over a hot cauldron (well, in our kitchen actually) to come up with a delicious and devilishly good Halloween recipe to tantalise those taste buds and make a shockingly good addition to any spooky spread this Halloween. Whether you’re hosting a Murder Mystery party, lighting fireworks or simply feeding the kids before the annual trick or treat adventure, a truly dark and delicious indulgence was our goal.
After discarding the ideas with rabbit’s heads, pig’s blood or lamb’s brains through fear of having to trial and taste the recipes first, we decided on chocolate. Dark, velvety chocolate. A naughty, but nice option. With pumpkin? If carrots can make such a delicious appearance in cakes, then “bring on the pumpkin” we said! And therefore The Devil’s Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Slice was born.
- 250g Quality dark chocolate, melted over a bain marie with the butter
- 190g salted butter
- 190g castor sugar
- 4 whole eggs, whisked
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 of a small pumpkin, skinned, seeded and finely grated
- 50g cocoa powder
- 80g plain flour (gluten free or normal)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Pre-heat your fan oven to 180 degrees C, and follow the method above. Melt the butter and chocolate together over boiling water and in a separate bowl whisk the eggs and sugar. Stir the cocoa, flour and baking powder into the egg mix and the finely grated pumpkin flesh and vanilla into the melted chocolate. Once blended well mix both bowls together thoroughly. Bake for 25 minutes in a lined baking tray and remove to cool on the side. Once cooled, make a butter frosting icing of your choice, add a few drops of orange colouring or squeeze some writing icing across the top for decoration.
Cut into 12 slices, and add some spooky Halloween decorations. These witches on the top aren’t edible, but you may find edible items in your supermarket. Serve with a hot Irish Coffee, or simply a steaming hot fresh brew!