Saturday, 30 October 2010

Cheese Eyeballs and Witches' Fingers for Halloween

Cheese Eyeballs and Witches' Fingers
I've just made these cheesy horrors with my kids for our Halloween party. They're very easy to children to help make (think of it as cheesy playdough!) and taste great too. If your kids won't eat anything that's been near an olive, you could always cut out pieces of red or green pepper and use those instead of the olives.

Makes about 20 (double mixture to make a large batch). 
  • 2 cups of grated reduced-fat mature cheddar cheese - or any other hard cheese.
  • ½ cup sunflower spread/butter
  • 1 cup plain flour or gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp paprika or ½ tsp English mustard powder
  • 100g/4oz pimento stuffed olives 
Cut 5 olives in half width-ways for the eyes and cut 3 into quarters long-ways for the nails.
Mix the cheese, sunflower spread, flour and paprika/mustard together (in a food processor if have one). Add a tiny drop of milk or cold water if needed, so that you have a firm dough.

Divide the dough into about 20 pieces and roll into balls. Form half of the balls into eye shapes and press a dent into each using your finger. 
Then press half an olive into each dent (so that the olive looks like the iris/pupil).
Roll the other half into finger shapes and press a quarter of an olive onto the end of each finger to form the nail.

Place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 210C/200C Fan/Gas 7/425F for about 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
If you have some red food colouring, paint on some veins and allow to dry. Serve warm or cold.

Suitable for freezing.

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1 comment:

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