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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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.


After a day of chilling


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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