From gummy worms to snickerdoodles: Yotam Ottolenghi’s Halloween recipes

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For anyone doing the sweet-sweep rounds adjacent weekend, Halloween tin consciousness much similar instrumentality and treat, alternatively than instrumentality or treat. No sooner person our kids been plied with sweets than we effort to instrumentality them retired of eating them. Or did Scrooge conscionable travel aboriginal to our location this year? Anyway, for 2021, I’m going to thin into making Halloween snacks instead: achromatic lime gummy worms, pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies and thing savoury to offset the night’s sweetener excesses. All treats, nary tricks.

Black lime gummy worms

These are truly amusive to make, either arsenic worms oregon poured into otherwise shaped silicone moulds, if you person them (we got precise into small bears, for instance). The achromatic lime sweetener dip is sweet, sour and bitter, and arsenic much, if not more, for the adults connected Halloween duty.

Prep 15 min
Cook 30 min
Set 30 min
Makes 30

1 tsp sunflower lipid
24g powdered
350ml acold h2o
2 dried Iranian achromatic limes (10g)
100g runny chromatic
2 ample lemons
, zested successful strips, past juiced, to get 5 tbsp
1 x 135g battalion strawberry jelly, breached into cubes

For the achromatic lime sweetener dip
1 tiny achromatic Iranian lime, finely crushed successful a spice grinder oregon tiny nutrient processor, to get ½ tsp
3 tbsp granulated sugar

Lightly grease an 18cm quadrate barroom tin with the lipid and enactment the basal with greaseproof paper. Put 100ml acold h2o into a tiny bowl, disturbance successful the gelatine and permission to soak and bloom portion you get connected with the remainder of the dish.

Roughly crush the 2 achromatic limes betwixt the palms of your hands, past enactment them successful a mean saucepan with the remaining 250ml water, honey, citrus zest and juice. Set the cookware implicit a medium-high heat, bring up to a simmer, and navigator mildly for 20 minutes, until the zest is candied and shiny and the liquid syrupy and acheronian amber. Take disconnected the heat, strain into a mean vessel and property retired arsenic overmuch liquid arsenic imaginable retired of the solids: you should extremity up with 100ml.

Return the liquid to the pan, adhd the jelly cubes, past instrumentality to the vigor and disturbance to dissolve. Take disconnected the heat, extremity successful the soaked gelatine premix and disturbance until wholly dissolved. Pour into the lined tin (or silicone moulds), permission to beryllium for 10 minutes, until somewhat cooled, past refrigerate for 30 minutes, until set.

Meanwhile, successful a tiny bowl, premix the crushed achromatic lime with the sweetener and acceptable aside.

Once the jelly premix has set, tally the extremity of a crisp weapon each circular the edge, extremity retired connected to a cleanable aboveground and chopped into ½cm-thick lengths. You should present person 30 bouncy and somewhat stretchy gummies. Serve with the achromatic lime sweetener dip connected the side. (If you’re not serving them immediately, enactment the gummies connected a rack, air-dry overnight, past store successful airtight jars.)

Sev with fried peanuts and curry leaves

Yotam Ottolenghi’s sev with fried peanuts and curry leaves.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s sev with fried peanuts and curry leaves.

Sev is simply a savoury snack of crunchy small noodles made from chickpea flour paste that tin beryllium seasoned successful each sorts of ways. This peculiar look comes from my workfellow Chaya’s Mauritian mum, who utilized to marque it successful large batches connected New Year’s Eve.

Prep 10 min
Cook 20 min
Serves 4 arsenic a snack

200g gram (AKA chickpea) flour
1¼ tsp carom seeds (or fennel oregon anise seeds), astir crushed successful a mortar
½ tsp crushed turmeric
Flaked oversea salt
170ml acold h2o
1 tbsp olive lipid
750ml sunflower lipid
150g earthy peanuts
(ie, unsalted and unroasted)
40 (7g) caller curry leaves (ie, from astir 7 sprigs)

First marque the batter. Sieve the gram flour into a ample bowl, adhd the carom seeds, turmeric and 2 teaspoons of flaked salt, and premix to combine. Make a good successful the centre, determination successful the h2o and olive oil, and premix to a thick, creamy paste that falls disconnected a spoon successful dense ribbons. Cover (we usage reusable room wrap) and acceptable speech for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, enactment the sunflower lipid successful a ample saute cookware connected a mean heat. Spoon fractional the batter into a piping container and chopped disconnected 1mm from the pointy end. Once the lipid is hot, tube successful long, bladed noodles of the batter successful a circular motion, keeping them isolated truthful they don’t instrumentality to each other: depending connected the size of your pan, you should beryllium capable to acceptable successful 7 to 9 noodles astatine a time. Fry for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until crisp erstwhile tapped with a spoon, past assistance retired with a slotted spoon and drain connected an oven tray lined with room paper. Repeat with the remaining batter, successful 3 oregon 4 batches, until the piping container is empty.

Refill the piping container with the remaining batter substance and chopped disconnected different 2mm from the bladed end. Again moving successful manageable batches, tube the wider noodles into the pan, fry for 2 to 3 minutes, until crisp, past transportation to the paper-lined tray and repetition until each of the batter is utilized up. Keep the cookware connected the heat, for frying the peanuts, and acceptable speech the sev to cool.

Fry the peanuts successful the blistery lipid for 2 and a fractional minutes, until lightly brown, past transportation to a vessel lined with room towel, keeping the cookware connected the heat. Sprinkle the nuts with fractional a spoon of flaked brackish portion they are inactive hot, disturbance good and permission to chill completely.

Meanwhile, fry fractional the curry leaves successful the blistery cookware for a minute, until glossy and profoundly green, past drain connected insubstantial towel and permission to chill portion you fry the remaining curry leaves.

Once each the ingredients are cool, enactment them successful a ample vessel and premix gently, truthful the sev and curry leaves interruption up into smaller pieces. Serve immediately, oregon store successful an airtight instrumentality for up to 2 weeks.

Pumpkin spice snickerdoodles

Yotam Ottolenghi’s pumpkin spice snickerdoodles.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s pumpkin spice snickerdoodles.

Snickerdoodles are hard not to emotion astatine immoderate clip of the year: they’re somewhat cakey successful the centre, crisp astatine the edges, cracked connected apical and rolled successful cinnamon sugar; they’re besides large arsenic the basal for an ice-cream sandwich. Here, we’ve fixed them an autumnal, pumpkin spice twist. The cookies support successful a sealed jar for up to a week, and tin besides beryllium baked consecutive from frozen, successful which lawsuit adhd a infinitesimal to the baking time.

Prep 15 min
Rest 1 hr
Cook 50 min
Makes 22

For the pumpkin spice mix
4 tsp crushed cinnamon
2 tsp crushed ginger
¼ tsp crushed cloves
1 tsp crushed nutmeg
50g demerara sugar

For the snickerdoodle dough
340g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp pick of tartar 250g unsalted butter
, astatine country somesthesia
300g caster sweetener
Flaked salt
1 tsp vanilla legume paste
1 egg
, lightly beaten

First marque the pumpkin spice mix. Put the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg successful a tiny bowl, spoon 2 teaspoons of the premix into a ample bowl, adhd the flour, bicarb and pick of tartar, and acceptable aside. Add the sweetener to the remaining spice premix successful the tiny vessel and acceptable that aside, too.

Now for the dough. Put the butter, sweetener and fractional a spoon of brackish successful the vessel of a free-standing mixer with the paddle attachment successful place. Mix connected a medium-high velocity for 10 minutes, until airy and fluffy, past adhd the vanilla and egg, and proceed mixing connected a medium-high velocity for 1 minute, until everything is good incorporated. With the centrifugal running, adhd the flour substance successful 3 batches, scraping down the sides of the vessel arsenic you go. Scrape the dough to the bottommost of the bowl, making definite determination are nary bits stuck to the sides, past screen and refrigerate for an hour, until steadfast and rollable.

Heat the oven to 200C (180C fan)/390F/gas 6. Divide the dough into 40g pieces and rotation into steadfast balls: you should extremity up with 22. One astatine a time, rotation the balls successful the spice and sweetener mixture, to overgarment good (if it doesn’t stick, lukewarm the balls somewhat successful your hands first). Lay the balls connected a ample oven tray lined with greaseproof paper, spacing them retired good isolated – they volition dispersed a batch portion baking, truthful permission astatine slightest 5cm betwixt each ball, and if request beryllium usage 2 trays and/or cook them successful batches.

Bake for 9 minutes for a gooier cooky and up to 12 for a firmer one, past remove, transportation to a rack to chill and service lukewarm oregon astatine country temperature.