Friday, 30 October 2015

Tasty Alternatives for Bonfire Night Treats

Remember, remember, the 5th of November! Make your Bonfire Night go off with a bang!

Check out these ideas to get your taste buds sizzling and put a bit of fire in your belly! These are all simple ideas with a twist on traditional recipes. Try something new for this year's firework displays, and if you're stuck for ideas of where to go, check out the list below of all best displays in and around London for Bonfire Night 2015.

Toffee apple cookies
Cooking time
Prep - 10 minutes
Cook - 12 minutes plus cooling time
Skill level 
Makes 24 cookies

  • 175g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 85g chewy toffees, roughly chopped
  • 85g/3oz ready-to-eat dried apple chunks, roughly chopped
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp milk
  1. Preheat the oven to fan 170c/conventional 190c/gas 5. Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
  2. Stir in the egg yolks, ground almonds, toffees, dried apple and flour. Mix well together then roll into walnut-sized balls.
  3. Place well apart on two non-stick or lined baking sheets and flatten slightly with your hand. Brush with milk and bake for 8-12 minutes until golden. Leave to firm up for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.  
Chilli con carne soup

Cooking time
Ready in around 1 hour and 30 minutes, including simmering time. 
Skill level
Serves 6   

  • small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 410g can pinto or red kidney beans, drained
  • 400g cans chopped plum tomatoes
  • 700ml/1 1/4 pints hot chicken stock
  • large pinch of crushed dried chillies
  • 2 squares of dark chocolate (try Lindt 85%)
  • fresh coriander or parsley leaves and some grated Gruyere, to serve
  1. Gently fry the onion and garlic in the oil for a couple of minutes until beginning to soften, then add the mince. Raise the heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time, until the meat is no longer pink.
  2. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, stock, chillies, chocolate and plenty of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer very gently for 1 hour, or longer if you have the time. (You can make it up to a day ahead to this point, then cool and chill).
  3. Ladle into mugs or large cups and scatter with herbs, cheese and black pepper. You'll need spoons to eat it.
Mulled apple juice
Cooking time
Prep - 5 minutes
Cook - 10 minutes
Skill level
Serves 8

A non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine, ideal for entertaining kids and drivers. 

  • 1 litre apple juice
  • strips of orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus extra garnish, if you like
  • 3 cloves
  • sugar or honey, to taste  
  1. Simmer the apple juice with the strips of orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for about 5-10 minutes until all the flavours have infused. Sweeten to taste.
  2. Serve each drink with a little orange peel and a piece of cinnamon stick, if you like.  
Best displays in town 
  • Crystal Palace Park - Thursday 5th November
  • Southwark Park - Thursday 5th November
  • Wimbledon Park - Thursday 5th November
  • Bishops Park - Friday 6th November
  • Battersea Park - Saturday 7th November
  • Blackheath - Saturday 7th November
  • Morden Park - Saturday 7th November
  • Hackney Clossold Park - Saturday 7th November
What are you doing for Bonfire Night this year? Let us know @office_fruit   

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