Face your baking fears this Halloween
It’s a frightening fact that 450,000 tonnes of bakery goods including 160,000 tonnes of cakes and desserts are thrown away from our homes each year.
It seems that in the shops Halloween is all about pumpkins and sweet things including some of that cake preparing itself for the bin. Whether you’re hosting a scary get together or heading off to spook someone else take along a food waste fright disguised as a heavenly treat.
From disaster to ‘Ta dah!’
When our homemade efforts fail to look like the picture in the recipe book, it’s tempting to bin them. Cakes fail to rise to the occasion, cookies can crumble but unless your creation is charcoal all the way through, there is usually something that can be done so you can have your cake and eat it too!
Take the biscuit – if your cookies are a little over cooked, or even undercooked, they will make a delicious addition to ice cream. Add in some Halloween themed treats to make it party perfect. You can do this at any time of year, so freeze the biscuits to use when you want cookies and ice cream.
Trifle with me – sponge that is a bit dry or even has had to have burnt corners removed can be sliced, frozen and used as sponge fingers in a trifle. Layer them with green or orange jelly and top with ghoulish custard with jelly eyes embedded in it?
Cut out and keep – if most of your cake or tray bake is eatable, use pastry or biscuit cutters and make leftover mini cakes, decorate with icing and add frightening treats to the top.
If a cake is too squidgy, then disguise it as a pudding – warm it up and serve with custard, sauce or cream. Make this one an adult only treat and add a liqueur or rich chocolate treat.