Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween -2

~Happy Halloween~

The magic of Halloween , big bright orange pumpkin o lanterns , colorful
candy corns and uncanny devilish food had made a silent place in my little
teen mind. My first introduction to the eeerie ghostly festival was through
Agatha Christie's - Halloween party . During that time the dictionaries and
 encyclopedias were our Google and I still remember the endless hours and
efforts i had put in to know about this festival extravaganza  absolutely
unknown to the Indian kids back then. Mom ,  an ardent listener to both
my sensible and senseless teenage talks listened  patiently about my
stories from the other half of the globe.

Till half a decade back Halloween was almost unheard here but 
the popularity of the festival grew in leaps and bounds ... n today 
many homes, offices , restaurants and  clubs are a part of the ongoing 
scary fun. Funky Jack o lanterns, eerie masks, creepy costumes and
bewitching knick n knacks are a common sight at  upscale markets. 

During this time of the year when the markets are full of brightest 
pumpkins and the tables and minds are flooded with craziest 
 spookiest hallowlicious treats - a punch  of pumpkin is perfect to 
pamper little ghouls and goblins . Pair this pumpkin cake with some
 funky and  healthy Halloween  treats and  let the magic begin ......

 Healthy Halloween

Halloween is incomplete without draculicious foods. These creepy
delicious treats are easy to make and free from artificial colors 
n  preservatives. 

Choco Pumpkin Bundt 
 (with glazed ganache) 

partially adapted from joyofkosher

1/2 cup whole wheat flour , 6 tbsp all purpose flour, 3/4  cup brown sugar -
( can be substituted with regular sugar ),6 tbsp cocoa powder,   3/4  tsp baking
 powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4  tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp allspice, pinch of
nutmeg, pinch of salt, 1/2 cup milk mixed with 2 tsp lemon juice, 200 gms
 pumpkin puree( I used freshly boiled n mashed pumkin) , 1 eggs, 2tbsp
olive oil, 2tbsp  honey , 1 tsp vanilla extract.


Preheat oven to 180C. Grease n dust a  6'' bundt and keep aside.
Sift together flours, sugar , cocoa , baking powder, soda, spices & salt.
In another bowl whisk egg n mix in milk & puree. Stir in oil , 
honey n vanilla.Gradually stir in the dry ingredients . Transfer the batter
 to the prepared pan.Bake in a preheated oven for 40 -45 mins or till
 toothpick inserted in thecentre comes out clean. Cool on a wire 
rack for 15- 20 mins. Unmold n cool for an hour. 
Drizzle with glazed ganache.

For ganache - Melt 150 gms dark cooking chocolate add 1 tbsp butter ,
 n 1/2 cup cream ( I used Amul with 25% milk fat  )- stir until completely
mixed and  glossy . Cool n pour. Serve.


Questions?? Comments !! Its a pleasure to hear from you :) :)


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