It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled as the branches from the trees battered the side of the house. Suddenly a haunting wail pierces through the din…
“Maaaammmy I need a weee weee”
Argh I was hoping it was a ghost, now I have to get up!
We’re all very excited for Halloween and have been cooking up a storm of treats which you can see over on our Instagram page http://www.instagram.com/baking_with_kids
But our favourite and most gruesome are our severed witches fingers. They look positively disgusting but taste amazing. Buttery shortbread, chocolate centre and a whole almond make these a perfect addition to a warm cup of milk or tea, if you can look past the fact it’s a creepy finger…
We used salted caramel matchmakers for our centres (currently in Poundland).
250g plain flour
100g caster sugar
200g real butter
Few drops gel/paste food colouring (we used purple but green or orange would be equally gross)
15 whole blanched almonds
15 salted caramel matchmakers
Preheat the oven to 180°C or gas Mark 4
Line 2 baking sheets with greeseproof/baking paper
In a large toddler friendly bowl mix the flours, butter, sugar and food colour until you have a fairly firm dough.
Scatter a good handful of flour over the worktop and pop a heaped tablespoon of dough on top.
Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and wrap around an individual matchmaker.
Shape into a finger by pressing around the chocolate and press an almond in top to create a fingernail. Using the edge of your spoon, make 3 indents halfway down to create a knuckle. Place complete finger on a prepared baking sheet.
Continue until you have used all your dough. You should hopefully have between 10- 15 fingers unless your kids enjoy eating raw dough and randomly pressing almonds in as much as mine do…
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until starting to brown.