TRICK Your Guests with These 5 Spooky Halloween TREATS

When Halloween comes to mind there are two things we immediately think of, tricks or treats. Which makes this one of the busiest times of year for bakeries and chefs looking to make the most this haunted time of year with spooky treats of their own. After all generic, store bought candy may be the most common treat you see on Halloween, but that doesn’t make it the best and certainly not the tastiest. With that in mind here’s 5 spooky treats that will certainly make your bakery the place to go for Halloween treats or your party the highlight of your guests Halloween.

Halloween 2015

1) Poison Candy Apples

This creepy twist on the traditional candy apple makes for an equally spooky and tasty Halloween treat. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Poison Candy Apples

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2) Chocolate Bat Cookies

These bat shaped chocolate cookies are so delicious they’ll be sure to make your guests frightened about how hungry they are. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Chocolate Bat Cookies

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3) Boo Berries

These strawberries dipped in almond bark to look like ghosts will certainly taste better than the cereal we all remember from when we were kids. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Boo Berries

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4) Chocolate Pumpkin With Cupcakes

Pumpkin flavored anything is all the rage these days so combining pumpkin and chocolate to make a cupcake in the shape of a witch is sure to make your monster mash the standout of the holiday. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Witch Cupcakes

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5) Graveyard Cake

This haunting cake will be the centerpiece of any Halloween celebration and it tastes so good that your guests will be sure to devour it despite it’s beauty. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Graveyard Cake

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Do you have any ideas for spooky, yet delicious treats to serve this Halloween? Leave a comment below!

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5 Festive Treats to Bake this Holiday Season

The Holiday season is described as the most wonderful time of the year for a myriad of reasons. From the time spent with friends and family, to the beautiful lights and decorations, to the spirit of magic and giving that seemingly emanates from us all, to the delicious smells wafting from the kitchen, to the feast we will then enjoy surrounded by our loved ones we all love this wonderful time of year for something unique.


For many of us some our favorite childhood memories of the Holidays stem from the enjoyment of our favorite Holiday desserts with our family and friends. Whether it’s frosting cookies, helping the Grandparent’s with the pumpkin pie, leaving out fresh cookies and milk for Santa, or just enjoying a piece of peppermint bark and hot cocoa in front of the fireplace and the Christmas tree we’ve all enjoyed some of our favorite festive treats during the Holiday’s.

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With that nostalgia factor in mind, it comes as no surprise that a lot of people are looking for new desserts to carry on the tradition of creating Holiday memories with their own children.

 

Here are 5 recipes for baked goods that can help you create some of those priceless memories this Holiday season:

 

1) Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

This healthier take on the Holiday staple is a great way to have your cake and eat it too this Holiday season. This simple substitution cuts out fat and a little bit of sugar while not eliminating any of the flavor or fun that are ideal for creating lasting memories.

Holiday Baked Goods Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

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2) Gingerbread Icebox Cake

This cake that is prepared in a bundt pan is stunningly beautiful (almost a decoration in it’s own right) and is much easier to construct than a gingerbread house. Make the cake ahead of time and decorate it before your guests arrive to achieve that wow factor. It also will make a great substitution for that fruit cake that leaves you with tons of leftovers every year because no one likes it.

Holiday Baked Goods Gingerbread Cake

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3) Peppermint Snowballs

These peppermint snowballs are very simple to make with dough made from scratch or your favorite packaged sugar-cookie dough. Adding in the peppermint pieces and a smidge of powdered sugar make these cookies a true Holiday delight.

Holiday Baked Goods Peppermint Snowballs

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4) Cranberry Apple Pie

No fruit is more associated with the Holidays than cranberries and no pie is less associated with the Holidays than apple. So why not cross the two to create a truly flavorful concoction that is sure to become a staple of all your Holiday meals to come.

Holiday Baked Goods Apple Cranberry Pie

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5) Swiss Rolls

Despite all the intricate detail in a swiss roll they are in fact very simple to make, which comes in handy during the busiest time of the year. Not to mention the cake itself has no butter in it ensuring the thickly spread jam and whipped cream won’t make you feel overly indulged. Plus it will look absolutely gorgeous on a platter while your guests are letting their dinner digest before digging in to the desserts.

Holiday Baked Goods Swiss Rolls

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Do you have any other ideas for festive treats to serve this Holiday season? Leave a comment below!

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5 Bakery Trends to Expect for 2015

Last year gave birth to the cronut and saw the steady decline of the cupcake. In many ways baking baking is emblematic of the trends we are seeing in the larger food industry as a whole. For example you saw the trend of consumers becoming more health conscious reflected in baking before other areas along with the idea of combining different foods as well.

Baking Trends

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For those reasons baking is often a buzzword in the food industry because it’s ever changing and always evolving. This explains why it’s often the case as bakers become more adept with their skills they become less afraid to tackle creative, elaborate creations and put into practice tricky, more classic techniques.


With that in perspective here’s 5 bakery trends to expect for 2015:

1) Rollover Doughnuts

Last year the cronut became a staple in bakery’s across the country after they gained widespread popularity as a delicacy in New York. Rollover doughnuts based in Phoenix are more of a brand than a delicacy and as a result they offer a menu of brioche doughnuts and fritters in a variety of flavors from the normal, regular, every-day cinnamon sugar to the odd, unique, and different hot dog inspired Bear Doughnut.

Bakery Trend Rollover Doughnut

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2) The Bakeover

Around the country “mash-up” bakes have been increasing in popularity and will hit a peak in 2015. Delicacy’s like “sticky toffee pie” and “party dodgers” amongst others will become household names in 2015. Bbcgoodfood.com has recipes for even more of these creative combinations.

Baking Trends the Bakeover

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3) Artisanal Bread

Now the bread category of baked goods has been in decline in recent years, but that’s all about to change. Not only are consumers now actively seeking out healthier choices, they are seeking out fresher choices as well. Enter artisanal bread. Artisanal bread is a freshly baked bread that capitalize on the fresh trend and will certainly the bread category recover.

Baking Trends Artisanal Bread

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4) Sweet & Salty Treats

Sweet and salty combinations have been in the public consciousness since chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate covered nuts caught fire. Now herbs and spices in baked goods are becoming increasingly popular, partially because of how popular those original combinations were. Some of the most popular sweet and salty treats of today are chocolate covered bacon and salted caramel.

Baking Trends Sweet & Salty

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5) Choux Pastries

The winner of the first Great British Bake Off Edd Kimber is a big fan of the Parisian patisserie and is confident that we’ll see a widespread increase in it’s popularity during the coming year. The classic French Pastry has a chewy texture and buttery flavor and in that respect it’s similar to an eclair. The popularity increase eclairs saw this past year could very well be foreshadowing to the choux pastries growth this year and Kimber is betting on that.

Baking Trends Choux Pastries

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Do you have any other predictions for bakery trends that will catch on in 2015? Leave a comment below!

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