Halloween Treats

Halloween has always been a favourite holiday of mine, when I was younger I used to love carving pumpkins and dressing up as characters from my favourite tv shows. When my sister was dressed as a princess I went as Big Bird from Sesame street. This halloween I made some treats for my work place and for the first time I made vegan marshmallows! They came out really nicely and I’m very excited to share the recipe with everyone.

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Ingredients

Pumpkin Spice Donuts
7g (¼oz) sachet of dried yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp dried yeast
50 gr vegan butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin spice blend
1/4 cup pumpkin purée
3 1/2 cup finely ground spelt flour
1 1/4 cup cane sugar

Cupcakes
400g finely ground spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
250 gr raw cane sugar
115 ml coconut oil
400 ml dairy free milk
3 tbsp agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp activated charcoal (for black colour)

Marshmallow
1/2 cup aquafaba
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp agar agar
1 cup raw cane sugar
3/4 cup agave syrup
1 tsp lemon/lime juice


Donuts
Mix together yeast and warm water in small bowl, leave to stand for 10 min. Melt the butter and add the pumpkin purée and vanilla extract to it. Combine all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour the yeast and butter mixture in with the dry ingredients and mix well. Knead dough for 5 min. Let stand for an hour to rise in a warm place, good to cover with damp kitchen towel. After the dough has risen form slightly smaller than fist size balls with your hands and make hole in the middle. Bake in oven for 12 - 15 min.


Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Mix together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl mix the milk, syrup, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and vanilla. Combine the two bowls into one and mix well together for up to 2 minutes until thick and creamy.
Bake in oven for 35 - 40 min until risen and cooked through.


Marshmallow
Pour the aquafaba into a pot along with the water, dust 1 tsp of the agar agar powder over. Stir until resolved. Put on medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients and let boil on low-medium heat for 4-5 min. Be careful if it starts to bubble then remove immediately from heat to avoid it from boiling over (the mixture is suuper sticky and will stick to your stove if spilt!) Pour into mixing bowl, start mixing and then add rest of agar agar to the bowl. Mix on high speed for 15 - 20 min, or until you can turn the bowl upside down without anything falling out. Add to piper and pipe onto cupcakes. Either let dry or bake in oven on 180 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown colour starts to appear.


Decoration
For the decoration of the cupcakes I made buttercream (mixed butter with icing sugar) and added rawnice Pittaya food colouring. I then used licorice to make little horns on the “demon” and both dark and white chocolate to make the eyes. For the donuts I used Icing sugar and water to create a paste, I then split them into two bowls and added Activated charcoal powder to one and Orange rawnice food colouring to the other. I added the pastes to a piping bag, to make the spider web designs I covered the donuts with one colour and then piped two circles around them. Using a toothpick I drew it from the middle to the edge through both colours. For the marshmallow cupcakes I poured melted chocolate over and stuck some vegan gummy worms into the marshmallow. I made the spider in the donut by cutting the marshmallow into a square shape and pouring some activated charcoal mixed with icing sugar and water over it. The legs are made of licorice.