With spooky season creeping around the corner, we’ve created three unique Halloween baking ideas for you and the kids.
Using our Scottish heather honey, we’ve put our own spin on the classic toffee apples, a no bake recipe with peanut butter and honey and an easy to make biscuit recipe for the kids to shape and decorate!
Honey caramel apples
The classic toffee apple with a twist. Using our Scottish heather honey, create honey caramel apples with fake edible blood to drizzle over.
For the apples
- 200g granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons tap water
- 6 small apples
- 100g Scottish Bee Company heather honey
- 1 teaspoon white wine vingear
- Lolly sticks
For the fake edible blood
- Strawberry puree
- Drizzle of Scottish Bee Company heather honey
- Mix the sugar and water in a medium saucepan and heat on a low temperature until the sugar has dissolved, without stirring with a utensil. Tilt and move the pan from side to side to move the mixture around the pan to ensure all the sugar dissolves.
- As the sugar dissolves, wash and dry the apples then push the lolly sticks into each apple.
- Add the honey and vinegar to the ingredients dissolving in the pan then increase the heat gradually and cook the syrup. Do not stir the ingredient for 4-5 minutes until the syrup darkens slightly to a toffee colour and reaches 149 degrees. To check the temperature, use a sugar thermometer to gauge or drop a small amount of syrup into a mug of cold water, the syrup will rapidly form brittle strands when ready.
- Remove the pan from the heat, stand the pan in a sink filled with 5cm of cold water for a couple of minutes. This stops the toffee overheating.
- Remove the pan from the water. Dip the apples into the toffee mixture one at a time. Stand the covered apples on a stick proof baking sheet.
- If the toffee begins to harden while dipping the apples, simply warm the toffee on the pan to liquify again.
- Leave the apples to cool and the toffee coating to harden. Once done, wrap the toffee apples in cellophane or clingfilm to keep the apple firm and brittle.
- To create the fake edible blood, mix some strawberry puree sweetened with a little honey. The honey helps create the consistency.
No bake recipe with peanut butter and honey - mummified edition!
An easy no bake recipe - mummified edition! The kids will love all the mixing of the cereal and wet mixture, and the hands on decorating.
This recipe requires lollipop sticks and a piping bag that you can find in a local cooking shop or online. The recipe also uses white candy melts. If you're unable to find, using white chocolate as an alternative works just as well.
- 150g Scottish Bee Company heather honey
- 150g smooth peanut butter
- 200g puffed rice cereal
- 2 bags of white candy melts
- 1 box of candy eyes
- 100g chocolate
- Pre line a 9x9 square baking tray with cling film
- Melt the honey in a saucepan until the consistency thins and it begins to bubble
- Remove from the heat and stir in peanut butter until thoroughly mixed together
- Add the puffed rice cereal and mix until it’s combined
- Put the mixture into the pre lined baking tray. Wet your hands and press the mixture down with force to ensure there are no air gaps.
Allow to set for 2 hours in the freezer
- Remove from the freezer once it’s set. Once it’s thawed slightly, cut 10 equal rectangles and place back in the freezer for a further 30 minutes
Place the candy melts in a mug and warm it in the microwave. Carry this out in 30-second bursts, stir then repeat until they are melted and ready to use
- Pre line a 32 x 22 x 5 cm baking tray with baking parchment
- Melt the chocolate and dip the bottom of the lollipop stick in. Insert the shorter length of the puffed rice cereal treat and cover the base with chocolate. Repeat this step with each treat then pop them in the fridge to set for 10 minutes
- Once the treats have merged with the sticks, stick each of the treats into the mug of melted candy until completely covered
- Once set, remove from the fridge. Fill the piping bag with the remaining melted chocolate and place 2 dots in the middle of the treat to use as a glue to stick on the eyes
- Using the piping bag, motion left to right, back and forth across the treat to create the mummy effect of bandages
- Pop back in the fridge for a further 10 minutes to set . Once set, remove from the fridge and enjoy!
Honey spiced biscuits
Create spooky snacks and spark creativity amongst kids by decorating these honey spiced biscuits!
For the biscuit
- 150g butter
- 100g brown sugar
- 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon of Scottish Bee Company heather honey
- 300g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 200g icing sugar, sifted
- Multi colours sprinkle
- Icing pens (for decorating)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
- In a bowl, sift the flour, cinnamon and baking powder then stir in the sugar
- Cut the butter into small cubes, rub into the flour with fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
- In another bowl, beat the egg, add the honey and beat until smooth
- Make a hole in the centre of the mixture and add the egg and honey
- Mix the dough to a smooth ball shape, if it feels stiff, add milk of your choice
- Wrap the dough ball in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes
- Roll out the dough on a floured board to 5mm thickness
- Using freehand or shape cutters, cut into shapes of your choice
- Move the cut dough onto a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes
- Remove from the oven, they may feel soft but will harden while cooling, and enjoy!
To bake one or all of the above, buy our Scottish heather honey here and let us know in the comments how you get on!