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Friday, 28 October 2016

Monster Baking

Hannah Barnes

It’s finally Friday and I’m sure we’re all super stoked about this one because we’re one step closer to scaring ourselves silly for Halloween. 

Technically, the day itself falls on Monday but many people will be making the most of this weekend to celebrate in spooky style. Not to mention all the trick or treaters set to descend on you threatening all kinds of mischief if you fail to deliver their treat.

With the launch of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook falling so closely to Halloween, I got my hands on some recipes from the fine folk over there and have decided to home bake my treats for this years masked bounty hunters. It’s a lot easier to pick up the fun size bags of sweets at the supermarket, I know and usually I’m all for an easy life but Halloween is one of my favourite holidays and also happens to be my late Grandad’s birthday – so baking has become a bit of an annual tradition.

The Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook is perfect for this as their creepy take on classic meals, cocktails and desserts are the brilliant accompaniment to Halloween. I decided to make a batch of Fairybrain Fudge and turned their recipe for Maggot Brownies into brownie bites to go alongside. To be honest, after tasting my wares, here’s hoping the trick or treaters steer clear of our house this year.

Both bakes are delicious but I have a particular fondness for the fudge – which is the traditional crumbly type that makes me go weak at the knees. The brownies on the other hand, have been a huge hit with everyone else and the maggots-come-nuts add a lovely contrast to their gooey chocolate centers.

You can follow these recipes yourself using the recipe cards above. I’ve also included Dragon Fuel and Crunching Bone Toffee although I haven’t tested these out for myself just yet – so let me know how you get on! 

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I’m a 25-year-old freelance writer, I studied English Literature in London and have an incessant love for all things fictional, I currently live in Manchester with my partner; Nathan, and our growing menagerie of household pets.


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