Tips-y Tuesdays: Halloween Treats

I didn’t think I would be creating any Halloween goodies. I’m not normally very creative in the whole decorating/making things look good way. But, we were hosting a party this past weekend and I wanted some themed treats. So, I came up with the Meringue Ghosts you saw yesterday and the Pudding Graveyards you see today. Both have been done before, but I put my own spin on the treats. Do you like to do gross treats for your Halloween parties, or stick to the ideas of Halloween (like ghosts and tombstones)? I couldn’t bring myself to do the gross kind, but I might for a kid party. Are you a party-thrower who does themes? I usually don’t, but again, that goes with my lack of creativity in that department. After visiting my friend Kim and seeing all of her amazing decorations I felt ashamed that I haven’t done more, but I just can’t think of what to do! So, feel free to share your decorating tips here.

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Tiramisu

For a friend’s birthday, I wanted to make him a from-scratch Tiramisu because it is one of his favorite desserts. He has been asking for a while, so here it is! After scouring my cookbooks and the web, I was not able to find the perfect Tiramisu recipe (at least, not for me). I wanted the eggs cooked (health reasons–don’t want to get the birthday boy sick!), I wanted to use ladyfingers and not sponge cake, and I wanted it to be somewhat traditional. In the end, I combined a few ideas and came up with this. In my opinion, it is very tasty. You might want to add more alcohol (and I am not getting into the rum versus Marsala debate, I just prefer the taste of rum in desserts) because both the birthday boy and myself are not drinkers, so I wanted to keep it toned down for a first effort. Next time I might add more, although I do not feel it really needed it. I also learned about storing tiramisu! Apparently it gets better after the first day. The sifted cocoa powder gets darker, but that did not matter to us. It was still pretty.

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After a day of chilling

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The day it was made

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Ladyfingers–oooh lala

 

Did you know how easy Ladyfingers are to make?  I had no idea, but I needed to find out to save my Bailey’s Marshmallows that didn’t turn out. 😦  I received Bailey’s as a gift, but since I don’t really like drinking alcohol, I was persuaded to cook with it.  I thought about making Irish Cupcakes (they are such the rage on the internet) but then wanted to try something a little different.  I’ve made marshmallows a few times before, and didn’t think it would be hard to make a Bailey’s version.  Since marshmallows are all about getting the proportions right, I looked up a recipe to know how much of the alcohol would be needed, and when to add it.  Well, the ratios didn’t seem quite right, but I went with it anyway.  I didn’t know if the alcohol changed the basic marshmallow recipe or not.  Unfortunately, the recipe was a dud because the marshmallows never set up the way they should, so I was left with a sticky, messy something that felt like a waste.  That’s when inspiration hit!

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