For me the combination of the sweet chocolate brownie and salted caramel sauce creates a perfect balance between salty and sweet. The sauce itself is still sweet, but salty enough to somehow satisfy my savory needs, it’s a magical combination!…
A party just isn’t complete without a nice sweet snack/dessert, and since we’re still working towards a spooky Halloween menu why not make a spooky recipe for cupcakes!? These cupcakes are moist and rich with a decadent silver frosting that will ward off all the evil spirits, some might even say that this frosting will even protect you from werewolves. No I didn’t use any funky food colouring, just black tahini which you’ll find a recipe for over here. By now you might have figured out that black tahini will be making an appearance into almost every Halloween dish this year, so go to your nearest asian grocery store and get yourself a big bag of black sesame seeds, it’s worth it! You can also order the seeds or the tahini on-line if you don’t have any store selling these product near you.
Now to be honest even though the frosting adds a nice flare of magic it isn’t very necessary since the muffins are sweet by them selves, having said that, it does add to the presentation and might be just what you need! You can also skip the black tahini if you don’t have any on hands and still want moist and dense cupcakes, or use less like the picture below. One thing to keep in mind when using black tahini is that you’ll want to let the cupcakes cool before you eat them, cause otherwise the taste of the tahini will dominate the cacao and that’s, not, delicious! But once they’ve cooled down they’re the most delicious chocolate cupcakes ever!
These cupcakes were an instant fave for my family, they weren’t to sweet and perfectly moist, just the way they like them! I also sneaked a couple of pieces of chocolate in the batter so some cupcakes would have a chocolate core, because who doesn’t like a chocolate overdose!?
You can expect even more Halloween themed recipes during the next week so we’ll all be ready for our Halloween parties, or ready to simply indulge, parties are overrated anyway! I really hope you like these recipes and feel free to leave a comment below or to tag me in your spooky creations on Instagram and don’t forget to like my Facebook page.
Granola is one of my breakfast staples, especially when I’m craving something crisp and sweet. Now since we’re sticking with the Halloween theme we’ll be making black granola flavoured with cacao and vanilla. All we need to turn this from brown to black is, black tahini! You can of course use store-bought black tahini (if you can find it) or make it from scratch, which for me turns out to be cost-effective, all it asks for is a lot of patience and a food processor, you can find the recipe over here. I buy mine in bulk at my asian grocery store and I’m sure they sell them at most asian grocery stores around the world. Now back to the granola!
If you don’t yet know what to have for breakfast on Halloween don’t look any further, this granola has to make the menu, I mean it’s literally black and tastes like chocolate, sign me up! I even threw some super foods in the mix by adding some chia and pumpkin seeds, does this make it a health food? Don’t know, but lets pretend it does!
One of the great things about granola is that you can customize it to your own taste. If you do not like pumpkin seeds or hate having chia seeds stuck between your teeth you can obviously skip those and maybe add some sun flower seeds or dried fruits tip: if you add any dried fruits add them after the granola is removed from the oven. And don’t worry if you really can’t get your hands on any black tahini this granola will still be worth it!
Making this granola is super easy, it might take a bit of time baking in the oven, I turned down the heat after 30 minutes which is optional and does increase the baking time.
note: I used a very low temperature which increased the baking time, which insured no burnt granola. Just do something else in the mean time, I painted some back drops!
You can eat this as a snack, throw it in a bowl with some plant-based milk or add it on top of a smoothie, it’s up to you what you do with it.
Now lets start cooking! And as usual feel free to leave a comment below or to tag me into your recreations on Instagram, I’d love to see you’re spooky creations. Bon Appetite!