There are a lot of pumpkin flavored things clogging up the internet and countless cute ghost and goblin themed foods made by fond Mamas for their adorable offspring. But lets be realistic here, pumpkin is a hard sell for most Irish children and I’m not that keen on it either. Halloween is a lot of work and I am a proud underachiever. If you would like to underachieve as well as I do, why not try your hand at muffin mind reading.
First pick your muffin recipe, one that gives a nice imperfectly craggy top. I have made chocolate ones here, a few chocolate chips thrown in also add character if you have some to hand. Carrot and raisin ones are full of personality too but any recipe that is popular in your house will do.
When they are cool arm yourself with a packet of white chocolate buttons and a tube of black icing. Aproch the muffins with caution, carefully consider each one in turn. Become one with the muffin. What are they trying to tell you? How do they feel? Discover their inner hopes fears and doughy dreams for the future. When you have unlocked their secrets carefully place two buttons on each muffin top and dot each with a little icing – and there looking back at you are a dozen different personalities, melancholic, psychopathic, jubilant, wistful and most importantly, very, very tasty.
Having tricked your kids into thinking that you are an exceptional mother by treating them to a homemade Halloween themed muffin, you will be left with plenty of time for the things that are really important – reading ‘Heat‘ magazine, drinking wine and looking at funny pictures of cats on the internet. Happy Halloween!
- 200 g plain flour
- 25 g cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 115 g golden caster sugar
- 75 g chocolate chips
- 2 medium eggs
- 100 ml sunflower oil
- 225 ml milk
Preheat the oven to 200oc/400of/Gas Mark 6. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin paper cases.
Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder and cinnamon (if using) into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and the chocolate chips.
Place the eggs and oil in a separate bowl and whisk until frothy, then gradually whisk in the milk. Stir into the dry ingredients until just blended.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, fill each three-quarters full.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then remove the muffins and cool on a wire rack.
Engage with the muffins as outlined above.