Darkly Divine Devil’s Food Donuts


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These little donuts really are the devil, so good you won’t be able to resist the temptation to eat just one more~Amy

Darkly Divine Devil’s Food Donuts

Donut Batter:

1 1/3 cups flour
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
½ cup + 2 tbsp milk
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup butter, melted
1 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 tsp vanilla

Orange Syrup:

2 tbsp fresh orange juice
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Chocolate Ganache Icing:

½ cup heavy cream
¾ cup bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp corn syrup
Zest of 1 orange

Decorative toppings:

Mini chocolate chips

Chocolate shavings

Chocolate sprinkles

Donuts:

In a medium sized bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Set aside.
In a small sized bowl, whisk together, egg and sour cream, add milk, butter, melted chocolate, and vanilla.
Mix with dry ingredients until well blended.
Pipe batter into donut pan, or donut maker and bake according to manufacturers instructions.

In a small bowl, stir together orange juice and sugar until it starts to dissolve.
Prick warm donuts, and brush orange syrup over the top half of donuts.

In a medium sauce pan, mix together, cream, corn syrup, butter and orange zest.
Bring almost to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate pieces. Stir until smooth.

Place sprinkles on a small baking sheet or plate.
When donuts are cool enough to handle, dip the top half into the ganache.
With ganache side down, gently press donuts into desired toppings.

Turn over and let it rest until icing has set.

Makes about 28 mini donuts

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Caramel Apple Popcorn


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My Dad is famous for his awesome caramel corn! This is my fall twist on a family favorite. Love you Dad! ~Amy

Caramel Apple Popcorn

5 quarts popped corn, sorted, unpopped kernels removed
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Karo Syrup
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/4-1/2 tsp apple pie spice

In a medium sized saucepan, over medium heat, stir together butter, brown sugar and syrup. Cook until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla, salt and spice. Pour over prepared popcorn and stir to coat evenly. Cool completely.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Pumpkin Spiced Churros with a Maple Cream Dipping Sauce


A fun harvest twist on the classic Mexican churro! Pumpkin spiced, rolled in sweet sugar and dipped in a delicious maple cream sauce!  ~Amy

A fun harvest twist on the classic Mexican churro! Pumpkin spiced, rolled in sweet sugar and dipped in a delicious maple cream sauce! ~Amy

Pumpkin Spiced Churros with a Maple Cream Dipping Sauce

Churros:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, Williams Sonoma
4 eggs
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

In a medium sized saucepan, bring water, butter, and salt, to a boil. When boiling, add flour mixture all at once. Stir over heat until dough forms into a ball. Set aside to cool slightly, 7-10 minutes. With a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment on an electric mixer, beat in eggs one at a time until dough is smooth. Add in vanilla, and pumpkin. Mix well.

Place sugar and pumpkin spice into a paper lunch sack. Shake to mix. Set aside.

Heat oil in fryer, or deep pan to 350 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray paper lightly with cooking spray.

Fit a 14 or 16 inch piping bag with a large open star tip* Place batter into bag.

Pipe 2 1/2 inch stripes of dough onto prepared baking sheet.

Drop dough into hot oil. Cook for about 4 1/2 minutes turning to brown evenly. When golden brown, drain fritters to remove excess oil, then roll in sugar to coat.

Serve with maple cream dipping sauce.

Makes about 2 dozen servings

Maple Cream Dipping Sauce

3/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp butter

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Over medium heat bring mixture to a boil. Sauce thickens as it cools..
Makes about 1 1/4 cups

Recipes by Amy Richardson

*Wilton 8B open star tip

Monster Mocktails!


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Monster Mocktails! These fun layered drinks for all ages will be a spooktacular addition to your  Halloween Gathering! ~Amy

Monster Mocktails! These fun layered drinks for all ages will be a spooktacular addition to your Halloween Gathering! ~Amy

Monster Mocktails

The Cransylvania Twist

Cranberry Juice
Strawberry SOBe
Red Gatorade
Crushed Ice
Black sugar
Black and white striped Straws
Glasses
Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly coat the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into black sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and the black sugar from rim will give it a cool effect.
Add straw and serve.

The Yummy Mummy

SOBe Piña Colada
White Gatorade
Sprite
Crushed ice
White sugar
Striped straw
Dry ice
Glasses
Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly coat the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into white sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Add a small piece of dry ice, it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve.
( Let the dry ice evaporate before consuming.)

The Dirty Werewolf

Cream Soda
Diet Rootbeer or
Diet Coke
Coconut foam*
Crushed ice
Raw sugar
Karo syrup
Glasses

To make drink, lightly coat the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into raw sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate, top with coconut foam. Add straw and serve.

* to make coconut foam, whip 1 cup whipping cream with 1 tablespoon Coconut Syrup or 1/4 cup confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp coconut extract

The Creepy Colada

SOBe Piña Colada with added neon green food coloring to desired color
Green Gatorade
Key Lime Soda
Crushed Ice
Green rock candy swizzle stick
Purple sugar
Karo syrup
Glasses

To make drink, lightly coat the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into purple sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve with swizzle stick.

Steaming Mad Pumpkin


This is a simple trick using a pumpkin and dry ice. You don’t need to carve the pumpkin, in fact, don’t. It will ruin the effect. Simply cut the top off the pumpkin and clean it out. Place some dry ice in the pumpkin, add some warm water and quickly place the lid back on the pumpkin. The steam from the dry ice will find small cracks and openings where the lid meets the pumpkin and it will send dry ice steam shooting out. The effect won’t last too long. You can reactivate it by adding more warm water. And of course, be careful handling the dry ice. It’ll burn you (and we know).

Monster Mocktails ~ Killer Halloween Drinks


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Halloween Specialty Drinks Pt. 1
Monster Mocktails

Whether you’re having a Halloween party, or just want to make dinner fun and a little extra spooky, don’t forget the Monster Mocktails. Everyone will ooh and ahh over the creative and colorful drinks. Don’t just settle for apple cider or even homemade root beer. These are the drinks that will be tricks AND treats.

The Cransylvania Twist

Cranberry Juice
Strawberry SOBe
Red Gatorade
Crushed Ice
Black sugar
Black and white striped Straws
Glasses
Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into black sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and the black sugar from rim will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve.

The Yummy Mummy

SOBe Piña Colada
White Gatorade
Sprite
Crushed ice
White sugar
Striped straw
Dry ice
Glasses
Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into white sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Add a small piece of dry ice, it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve. ( Let the dry ice evaporate before consuming.)

Bubbling Bloody Bones

Diet Black Cherry Soda
White Peppermint lozenge candies
Dry ice

To make drink, crush the white lozenge candies and add to the glass of diet soda. The diet soda has a reaction when sugar is added, so the candies will cause it to froth up and foam over. Add a piece of dry ice and the dry ice bubbles will rise through the floating bone bits and frothy foam at the top.

Halloween Specialty Drinks Pt. 2


Spooky Sippers

Drinks often get overlooked on Halloween. But there are a few that will get more oohs and ahhs than that crazy costume Uncle Bill was wearing last year. Yeah, we all have one of those Uncle Bills. Set up a drink station if you want, and then make these some spooky suggestions sure to thrill…when properly chill.

The Dirty Werewolf

Cream Soda
Diet Rootbeer or
Diet Coke
Coconut foam*
Crushed ice
Raw sugar
Karo syrup
Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into raw sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate, top with coconut foam. Add straw and serve.

* to make coconut foam, whip 1 cup whipping cream with 1 tablespoon Coconut Syrup or 1/4 cup confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp coconut extract

The Creepy Colada

SOBe Piña Colada with added neon green food coloring to desired color
Green Gatorade
Key Lime Soda
Crushed Ice
Green rock candy swizzle stick
Purple sugar
Karo syrup
Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into purple sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve with swizzle stick.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

The Dirty Little Devil

Apple Soda
Cinnamon syrup
Coconut syrup
Cream
Cinnamon Sugar

To make drink, fill glass with crushed ice, add apple soda. Stir in cinnamon and coconut syrups to taste. (approx. 1 Tbs each) Top with whipped cream or just pour cream on the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.