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Monday, October 31, 2011

Witch's Themed Dinner



I know this theme was all about witch's, but I had to throw in a mummy for the guys.  This themed dinner included, name cards (these name cards are also fun favors to be taken home
and can be filled with your favorite candy or treat).  Juice bottle labels with of course
witch's on them. We printed off small witch's and glued them to toothpicks for the fruit picks. 
We served chilli, chicken spagetti, witch's wart breat (scones),  a green salad and brownie witch's for dessert. You can download the free instructions and pattern for the witch and mummy party favor HERE.



This witch is certainly not going to win any rewards, but she still caused a scandle at the party and everyone was gossip mongering about her.

Chicken Spaghetti:


4 cups cooked chicken, cubed
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
14 oz. pkg. spaghetti, broken and cooked

In a bowl, combine the chicken, 2 cups cheese, soup, milk, salt and pepper and mix well.  Add the cooked spaghetti and toss to coat.  Transer to a greased 13"x9" baking pan and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.  Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is bubbly.  Makes 10 servings. 

For the witch face and hat make your favorite pie crust and die the dough colors of your choice.  Roll out a round shape for the face and mold a nose.  Roll out a triangle  and rectangle  shape for the hat.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on top of your casserole. Add olives for the eyes and celery for the hair.  Be creative.


Witch's Wart Bread:



You can use frozen roll dough and let it thaw at room temp until they raise or you can make home-made dough for the scones.

 Home-made Dough:
In bread mixer put ½ cup warm water,  add 3 tbsp. yeast and sprinkle 1 tbsp. sugar over  the yeast.  Add the following to the bowl:
1 cup instant potato flakes   
1 cup instant milk
1 tbsp.  salt 
1/2  cup oil
1/2  cup honey 
1 egg
2 3/4 cup water
 Turn on bread mixer and and mix ingredients together.  Slowly add flour (6-8 cups) until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Do not add too much flour or your dough will be too stiff.  Put your dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel and put in a warm place.  Let rest for 20 minutes.  This will make a lot of scones.  You may want to make a loaf of bread with half of it.     Take a small portion of the bread dough and roll it out in a rectangle.  Cut into squares.  I like to then take each square and roll it really thin.  Heat 1 quart of oil  to 400 degrees. I like to use an electric skillet, but you can also use a wok or other deep frying pan. Cook scones about 3 at a time.  If the oil is hot enough the dough will pop up pretty quickly and start forming those witch’s warts.  If not hot enough the dough will sit on the bottom of the pan for awhile.  When brown on one side turn over and brown on the other side.  Serve these hot with butter, honey, jam or sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Your guests are going to love you.

Witch Brownies:


2 packages brownie mix or favorite brownie recipe
Chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreo)
Bugle Chips
Air Head candy
Round shape candy of your choice for the witch head
Fudge sauce (recipe below)

Combine both packages of brownies and make according to package directions.  Bake the brownies in one 13"x9" pan.  Let brownies cool and cut into nine squares. 


To serve brownies:  

Place a brownie on a serving plate.  Glaze the top of the brownie with the fudge sauce.  Insert the Oreo 1/3 of the way down from the top of the brownie.  Dip the end of a bugle in the fudge sauce and attach it to the top of the Oreo to make the witch's hat.  Place the witch's head under the Oreo.  Dip the end of a toothpick into the fudge sauce and dot the witch eyes.  (You can also use mini chocolate chips).  Out of one air head cut six long strips.  Roll one strip of candy into a curl shape.  Make two for each witch and lay along each side of the witch head.  (You can also cut a strip of air head and wrap it around the bottom of the bugle for the hat trim.  Serve brownie with your favorite ice cream. These witch brownies are so alluring and will trap any little ghoul and goblin.


Fudge Sauce:

1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
4 tbsp. cocoa
dash salt
4 tbsp. butter
1 cup  powdered sugar
½ cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix sugar and cocoa in saucepan. Stir in butter, milk, corn syrup and salt, heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Boil vigorously for 3 minutes. Cool. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. The frosting should be slightly runny.  You don't want it to be thick.  It will thicken.

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