MULLED CIDER WITH SPICES
4-5 cups apple cider
2 sticks cinnamon
In a large saucepan, heat cider, but do not boil. Serve in a large cauldron.
2 cups pumpkin, canned or cooked
1 cup melted butter or margarine, lightly salted
3/4 cup water
3 2/3 cups flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Blend pumpkin, butter, water, and eggs until mixed. Add flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking soda. Then add raisins and nuts. Form loaf in greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until top is golden brown.
SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE
3 ounces semi-sweet dark chocolate, grated
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp each cinnamon and cloves
Dash vanilla extract
Slowly heat chocolate and milk in saucepan until chocolate has melted and blended in. Add cinnamon and cloves and stir. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and serve. Makes two servings
Seeds of one pumpkin, washed
1 1/2 Tbl. vegetable oil
Salt, to taste
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread clean, dry pumpkin seeds on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Drizzle with vegetable oil and add salt to taste. Bake 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until lightly browned.
[This works well with seeds of other squashes, particularly Butternut – yummy :-)]
BUTTERNUT SQUASH & APPLE CASSEROLE
* 1 small butternut squash (about 2 to 2 1/2 lbs)
* 2 tart apples
* 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
* 4 tablespoons butter, cold
* 1 tablespoon flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Butter a 2- to 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 350Â°. Peel, seed, and cut squash into small slices. Core the apples, peel, and cut into thin slices. Toss squash and apples together. Transfer squash and apple slices to the prepared baking dish.
Combine brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; cut in butter with fork or pastry cutter until crumbly. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over sliced squash and apples. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350Â° for 50 to 60 minutes, or until squash is tender.
You can find lots of recipes and ideas online – search for “Samhain food” or “halloween food”.