This is the recipe my husband used to make a birthday cake for a friend whose birthday fell on the day of our housewarming spooktacular this past weekend and told us her favorite flavor was pumpkin. It came out nice and moist and fluffy and my husband’s addition of Golden Syrup and Orange Marmalade to the buttermilk icing resulted in a very nice addition to the pumpkin.
I did have a couple of misses this week, well one miss and one disaster:-p I wanted to make some Monster Cookies but couldn’t find the candy eyes, probably because most stores have already decided to start putting away their Halloween stuff to make room for Christmas despite there still being a full 18 days left to Halloween but I won’t get into that now. Anyway, I picked up some icing and decided to just make some cookies and give them eyes and fangs. However, the mouth of the icing was wider than I’d realized and instead I got a couple of Wilfred Brimley cookies staring back at me before giving up the ghost and serving regular old chocolate chip cookies instead.
The maple chili popcorn, however, nearly burned my house down! One of the steps calls for the maple mixture to cook for two minutes before putting it on the popcorn, DO NOT DO THIS!!! At about a minute to a minute and a half the thing bubbled so badly that it began to belch forth this white smoke and was well on its way to become tar! I ended up having to turn the fans on and open the windows to keep the alarms from going off, inhaled quite a bit of smoke in the process, and dumped what I could of the mixture since the rest of it adhered to the pot like cement:( I may actually have to throw out my new Calphalon stainless steel pot since the stuff just isn’t soaking off! What I would advise is bring the mixture to a roiling bubble then remove from heat immediately. The texture and consistency should be good enough to poor over the popcorn and continue with the recipe. I ended up trying to save it by drizzling golden syrup and cinnamon on top. Our guests said it was good but it was the one dish we ended up having to throw out:-/
The cranberry chicken I posted last week, however, was PHENOMENAL and very easy to make, I highly recommend it! Chow for now:)