Cream Cheese Bats

There are millions of recipes of cakes and sweets, but it is quite a challenge to find recipes of healthy snacks that children will actually like or enjoy. This recipe was inspired by a recipe I had seen in the Pillsbury Halloween Magazine of 2011, but I change  the whole recipe since they called for herbs and goat cheese and I did not think that children would like the taste of either one. Try this recipe.. and tell me what you think…

Ingredients: 1 cream cheese, 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup of cooked bacon and crumbled, salt and pepper to taste. Black tortilla chips, long pretzels.

First place 1/3 of the tortilla chips in a plastic bag and close the bag very well. With a rolling pin, roll over the plastic bag to crumble the chips. Empty the crumbs in a plate.

In a mixer, place the cream cheese, the bacon and the parmesan and mix well. Add a little bit of salt and pepper to taste. With a teaspoon, make small balls out of cheese that you will roll in your hands first, then roll in the tortilla chips crumbs. Break 1 pretzel stick in  3 parts, and use them to make the eyes, and the mouth. Break one chip in half and use both halves to make the ears.. Et voila!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Brain Hemorrhage Cupcakes

Halloween would not be Halloween without being scary and gruesome. I love Halloween! It is one of my favorite holiday, probably because unlike Christmas there is no pressure.. (the pressure of fixing Christmas dinner, visiting family and buying gifts). Halloween is just a fun holiday… where everyone is free to do as little or as much as they want. I usually go all out. I decorate the house in and out and love to invite people over for fun gruesome Halloween treats.. that actually look like disgusting things. For one of my children cooking classes, I made Brain hemorrhage cupcake. They are yummy good and fun to make!

Ingredients for 12 big cupcakes or 24 mini ones: 1 1/4 cup of cake flour, 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa, 3/4 tsp of baking powder, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 1tsp of vanilla, 1/2 tsp o f white vinegar,  10-15 drops of red food coloring, 3/4 cup of sugar, 4 tbsp of unsalted butter at room temperature, 1 large egg.

In a bowl mix the flour, the cocoa, the baking powder and the salt. In a bowl mix together the butter and the sugar until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the egg and combine well. Add the flour mixture in 3 times and beat at low speed alternating with the buttermilk addition. Divide the batter evenly among the mini muffins and bake for 8-1-0 minutes.

Ingredients for the frosting:

12 oz of cream cheese at room temperature, 2 tbsp of unsalted butter at room temperature, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 1 cup of powder sugar.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, then add the sugar and finally the butter at little at a time. If the frosting is too soft, refrigerate for 15 minutes, place the frosting in a pastry bag and make swirls to create the brain. Drop a few drop of strawberry sugar over the frosting to make it look like blood. Et voila!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Halloween Cooking Class

This week-end, I hosted a Halloween Cooking Class for children of 8 years and over. The class met for 2 hours during which we got busy making all kind of Halloween food. On the menu we had Witch Brew in Dripping Blood Glasses, Cheese Bats Appetizers, Mummy Hot dogs, Double Baked Little Ghosts, Black Cats in a Caramel Dip, Melted witches and Brain hemorrhage Cupcake. We did not quite make everything, but managed to cook everything beside the Double Baked Little Ghosts.  I think those young ladies enjoyed getting their hands dirty, as well as their stomach full;-)

As for me, I had a great time meeting all those cute girls, and had much fun seeing them making all the treats we had planned on doing. So thank you so much aspiring chefs and cooks you made my day!!!

If you have not already come to one of my cooking class, you must!!! We have so much fun learning new recipes and sampling everything.

So call me for more information at 494-4494. Until then….

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!