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Emma’s Halloween Buns

Halloween week, can you believe it? This autumn has flown in for me, I can’t believe I have less than 3 months left of this pregnancy!

Well, it’s also half-term officially. Emma will  be going to playgroup until Wednesday, when she will have a Halloween party with her friends there, so she has been asking from today for some “scary” buns for the boys and girls.

I am not very inventive when it comes to baking so I had a wee look around the Internet and found this Hearty Spiced Carrot Muffin recipe which sounded quite straight forward and mentioned a “toddler who devoured her muffin all Tasmanian-devil style”. I thought this would be spot on if we were to take them to the party on Wednesday and if we adapted them a little bit to look more…spooky.

So here is a list of my ingredients. I forgot to include the olive oil (of which I added half a cup) in the picture:

  • 2 cups of self-raising flour(approximately 250 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder (I learned my lesson this summer and always add baking soda for fluffiness, even when my flour is self-raising)
  • one cup of porridge oats
  • one medium carrot, grated
  • half a cup of brown sugar (I don’t like my buns to be too sweet, especially when designed with children in mind!)
  • a cup of milk (the initial recipe stated applesauce but since I had none I double the amount of milk)
  • one egg
  • two teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger
  • spooky Halloween Hariboes
  • edible shimmer spray (optional)

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The recipe recommended mixing dry ingredients first, then wet ingredients separately and adding them to the latter. I am a simple sort of baker and added everything together as they were listed, I’m afraid. No harm occurred.

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My eager little baker stepped in to help me with the stirring: “That’s why I’m here, mummy!”

We placed the mix in Halloween muffin cases (bought especially from the occasion from Home Bargains, at £0.59 per 48 cases) and placed them in the oven for 20 minutes.

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Emma insisted on adding a Halloween sweetie on each while they were still warm and asked me to spray them with the edible shimmer spray to make them more presentable and eery-looking.

Then she proceeded in sampling them (although she was a bit worried about the grated carrot she had seen going into the mix and had to be lied to: “Yes, love, I got it all out!”…)  and declared them the best muffins mummy has ever made.

For me, this is the ultimate proof of success in a recipe and I will definitely make these little babies again, since it’s a sure way to get Emma to eat disguised carrot, if nothing else :-)!

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  1. jennypaulin says

    awww she did so well to make these and the rise on them is fab. i love your use of spices mmmm and the sweet is an aded bonus x

    • Thank you, she was really keen to help,Jenny.
      Yes, as I said, learned my lesson and always add baking soda now, gives them that much-needed rise!
      I was surprised she didn’t find them too spicy, it means I found my balance with them in this one :-).

  2. Good job you,two for making “the best muffins mummy has ever made”.I am sure your kitchen smelled

    • Oh yes,Iva, even daddy couldn’t resist and praised me on the recipe, he said I finally cracked it down :-). I personally love them as they are spicy and not to sweet, the kids are in for a treat!xx

    • I forgot last week but now I have subscribed to your posts by email and will have a reminder to link in. Thank you, I really liked your spanakopitakia as well and I aim to make them once we move.xx

  3. what a great idea! i love the colour of the buns. Thank you for linking up with the #FridayFoodie every week.

  4. These look fab! My little girl is 4 and loves baking with me, I should give these a wee shot when we’re both off on Friday xx

    • Yes, they were yum and so flavoursome due to the spices. I am a big fan of cinnamon too, can’t wait for Christmas season to kick in 🙂

  5. These look great and perfect to make with my toddler. Pinned! Thanks so much for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. There’s a fresh linky live now – would love you to pop over and join in with another fab recipe 🙂

    • Thank you, Emily! We have moved house but I will try to cook up something nice for tonight and link it in :-).xx

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