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Samhain Cinnamon Apple Crisps

Hi everyone, hope you’re all well. I’ve just finished cooking up a batch of my own homemade Apple Crisps and thought I would share this wonderful and super quick recipe with you. Not only is this speedy snack great for Samhain/Halloween,  it contains ingredients used for protection etc, can be used as an offering for your God or Goddess, is a healthy variation to supermarket bought crisps AND is suitable for vegans/vegetarians, did I already mention they are super quick to make? Without further ado, let’s get started!

You will need:

  • 1 whole apple.
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • A dash of brown sugar. ( You can use white sugar but I prefer brown as it produces a lovely thick syrup texture and has a gorgeous coffee flavouring to it ).

How to make:

  • Cut your apple into thin slices. Not too thin or they will burn and not to thick or they won’t turn into crisps!
  • Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  • Place your apple slices onto your tray and start to add your toppings. Use as much as you wish.
  • Cook your apple slices in the oven on gas mark 4/ 180°C / 350°F for fifteen minutes. ( A few of my crisps did burn, so depending on how thin you cut your apple and how powerful your oven is, feel free to change the time and settings ).

Ingredients used in Witchcraft:

  • Cinnamon: Associated with the elements of fire and the sun. Magikal uses are - good luck, love, money, passion, peace, prosperity, protection, psychic development, success and wisdom.
  • Apples: Scared to many Goddessses including Aphrodite. Magikal uses are - fidelity, fertility, marriage, beauty, vanity,wisdom, the soul, the afterlife and immortality.
  • Brown Sugar: Healing, love and sweetness.

That’s all there is to it! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and your finished product. Please do not remove the source and have a safe, happy and blessed Samhain. Let me know how your Apple Crisps turn out!

Cyrena xx

Image is not mine and was found on Our Kitchen Stories.

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Zombie Brain Cake

Yields one cake

The things you’ll need

Red Velvet Cake
  • 4 ounces butter, unsalted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cups sour cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon red gel color
  • Pan spray
  • 1 tub buttercream frosting
Marshmallow Fondant
  • 10 oz. mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup shortening, for greasing your hands
Raspberry Blood
  • 1 ¼ cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 tsp. Red gel coloring
Equipment
  • Hand mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • 1½-quart ovenproof glass bowl (Pyrex)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Small hand strainer
  • Small pot
  • Small whisk
  • Small pastry brush
  • Long serrated cake knife
  • Sheet tray
  • Cake stand
  • Paring knife
  • Small offset spatula

Let’s get started!

Red Velvet Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF. Grease a 1½-quart ovenproof glass bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla. In another small bowl, whisk together sour cream and milk. Pour egg mixture into butter-sugar mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. On a low speed, alternate adding flour mixture and sour cream mixture to butter-egg mixture, beginning and ending with flour and adding the food coloring with the first addition of liquid.
  6. Pour the batter into the greased glass bowl until it is two-thirds full. You will have a little leftover batter.
  7. Slow-bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  8. Let the cake cool and then remove it from the bowl. Level the top with a large knife and place the cake, flat side down, on a cake plate.
  9. Use an offset spatula to frost the cake with a very thin layer of cream cheese frosting.
Raspberry Blood:
  1. 1. In a small sauce pan, whisk all the ingredients except the gel color and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the gel color until well combined and cool to use.
Marshmallow Fondant:
  1. Pour marshmallows into a microwave-safe bowl and then stir in water to evenly coat the marshmallows.
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat this process two more times, or until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Sift 3 cups of powdered sugar into a large bowl and make a hole in the center. Pour the melted marshmallow mixture onto the powdered sugar. Sift the rest of the powdered sugar on top of the marshmallows.
  4. Oil your hands to prevent the marshmallows from sticking to you. Knead in the sugar until you have the consistency of soft taffy and the fondant no longer sticks to your hands.

Time to decorate!

  1. Roll out the fondant into ½-inch thick ropes and arrange them on the cake to look like a brain.
  2. Use a paintbrush to brush the raspberry blood over the fondant.
  3. TaDa! This brain cake will make the perfect creepy treat for your Halloween get-together!
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    Blessing Oil: 

    Here’s the recipe for the blessing oil I use to anoint objects. 

    You’ll Need: 

    1 tsp of Frankincense gum

    ½ tsp Jerusalem Incense 

    ½ tsp Benzoin gum

    1 drop of rose absolute or rose essence. 

    A Carrier oil (Almond is best, but if you have none, you can use Olive like I did here)

    How To: 

    Grind the three incenses together, into a powder, as much as you can. 

    Then, you put 1 teaspoon into a small bottle, add 4 teaspoons of the oil. Add the drop of rose absolute/essence. Use a toothpick to mix it up and voila. 

    Let it sit for a few days before use.

    This is my personal recipe, but you can find your own, or not use Jerusalem incense at all. 

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    TRIPLE MEXICAN CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES (VEGAN).

    This post was created in partnership with Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker to celebrate National Chocolate Day! All opinions are my own.

    I’m a total Halloween failure. I nailed it as a kid: Pippy Longstockings (with the red hair, I was a shoe-in), a punk rocker (replete with spray-on neon hair color), disco Dorothy, and the list goes on. At some point, I think during college, though, Halloween started to feel like a stressful contest to see who could creatively rig the sexiest slash most ironic alas most ironically sexy outfit. Anxiety! I was neither interested in being the sexiest nor the most ironic person on campus (well, maybe, secretly). And so, gradually, I stopped doing Halloween.

    The last time I dressed up, I found myself walking around the beach town of Paia (on my home island of Maui) in tears, stalking my ex-boyfriend as he cuddled with some girl dressed like a gypsy. DRAMA. I decided to swear off Halloween for good.

    But every now and then, I see people taking costumes seriously, and I get a twinge of dress-up desire. My friend Suzanne and her boyfriend Henderson went to a Halloween party as wife-and-husband artist team Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock, and I felt a renewed tingle of interest. If I could dress up as a favorite artist, or writer, or, um, Beyoncé (?!?! what), perhaps I could be sold.

    Read more and get the recipe here.