Posted by Trish on November 11, 2012 at 3:15 AM
I think it's quite obvious by now that I love holidays and I love entertaining. However, I often bite off more than I can chew. With our crazy (abnormal) work hours/schedules, Often I forget that I don't have the time allotment that I used to.
I clearly told my guests before hand that the Halloween bash will have a few appies provided, but not a dinner event. But by the time I was done with my menu planning, I had the following for desserts:
- Oreo cookie balls shaped as mummies
- Pumpkin ghost cheesecakes
- Baileys chocolate oreo cheesecakes
- "Dexter" red velvet cupcakes
- Caramel apples
And then the following for snacks:
- Diablo wings
- Gruyere cheese puffs shaped as pumpkins
- Bread shapes as bones
- "Frankenstein" smokies wrapped in bacon
- Jalapenos poppers wrapped in bacon
By the time 4 o clock rolled around and my place still was not guest-ready, I had to cut a few items off the menu. Unfortunately, I lost the mummy oreo balls, the bread bones and the gruyere cheese puffs.
My friend actually sent me the inspiration photo (which I've lost) for the "Dexter" cupcakes. Red velvet cake, topped with airy light whipped cream cheese frosting, decorated with shattered "glass" candy and splattered with "blood". I was super proud about making the candy glass. As you can tell from my previous posts, sugar hates me even though I own a candy therometer. I had to do this twice to get it to work.
I couldn't get the "blood' to be dark and thick enough. I tinted home-made simple syrup but next time I would tint thinned-out corn syrup instead.
I took the wax coating off the apples by dipping them quickly in hot water, but the caramel still slowly travelled south. It wasn't enough to be an issue, but I knew. I think next year, I'll just dip fruit in chocolate... pure chocolate..no caramel.
The pumpkin ghost cheesecakes were topped with the same airy whipped creamcheese frosting as the "Dexter" cupcakes. The eyes were made of mini chocolate chips. The Bailey's cheesecakes were made from Biscotti flavoured Baileys (that I got in Europe), with an oreo cookie crust, and topped with chocolate spider webs.
By the time I remembered to snap a photo of the snacks, all of my guests arrived. This was the best that I could do. (Farthest to closest: diablo wings, jalapeno poppers and Frankenstein smokies).
Until next Halloween.....