Treat or Trick! It’s that time of year again. What is it that we all love about Halloween? Is it the candy, the costumes or the whole adventure of it all? I would have to say a little of everything.
Ghosts and goblins roam the street along side princesses and unicorns. What a magical night. There are fond memories of the excitement of quickly eating dinner, dressing up and heading out. Pillow cases were at the ready to be filled with enough candy to last a lifetime (or at least a couple of months). That excitement has been passed down to my daughter who has fully embraced the ritual that the night demands.
I opt for taking her around and getting a little step workout in the meantime. There are a lot of old houses in our neighbourhood that have stairs leading to the front door. Since it is the 2 of us trekking around she is keen on me being by her side, especially at the houses with the massive inflatable decorations. They tower overhead and can be a bit daunting in the darkness as the trees over head cast shadows from the streetlights.
The Hubby plugs in the heater and finds a spot in the porch that is comfortable as he waits to do headcounts of the kids partaking in the fun. I get the low down when we arrive home as to which costume was most popular and what little ones had braved ringing the doorbell.
That reminds me of a time that I was not so brave. It also helps that my Mom will not let me forget it. The evening was Halloween (image that). We were a group of 3, myself and my 2 little sisters. I am not sure where my brother was. He is older so by that age he probably was going around with friends of his instead. Being the oldest in the group made me in charge. We were going to get as much candy as possible. The fact that my littlest sister was in a stroller was not going to deter that.
We went into town (which is actually a village) and everything started off just fine. Candy was collected and pictures at Grandma’s house was taken. My Mom was going to move the vehicle out of her driveway and said that we could meet her at the end of the street. No problem. So we head to some other houses and I’m pushing my sister in the stroller. Then I hear a dog barking like crazy. I bolt. Leaving my sister in the middle of the road sitting in the stroller and my other sister in the dust.
My Mom was watching in the rear view mirror and was wondering why I was taking off and noticed my sisters far behind. She ran out of the vehicle to assess the situation. Apparently there was no sight of the dog (just the sound of it) and the family story continues to be told to this day.
Now a days I like to keep it a little mellow although we do have fun on our Halloween outing. No worries, I’m pretty sure I won’t leave my daughter when something comes up. I really can’t say the same for her. She is a bolter and comes by it naturally.
The one thing you can count on this Halloween are they super cute meringue ghosts. They are great on their own, on top of a cupcake or part of decorating a cake. Sweet and easy to make so you can enjoy a scary movie while they bake. A great combination of anise which brings a subtle licorice flavouring to the brightness of the orange.
So, Trick of Treat. Smell my feet. These are surely something good to eat.
Orange & Anise Ghost Meringues
Boo! Sweet treats for Halloween. Anise and orange are the flavour favourites.
- 3 egg whites, room temperature
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp orange juice
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 tsp ground anise
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 ounces, semi-sweet chocolate melted
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Prepare 2 large baking sheet by lining it with parchment.
- Using a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add in the cream of tartar and salt. Continue to beat and add the sugar in one Tbsp at time until fully combined.
- Turn the mixer up to high and beat until the egg whites have stiff peaks and are glossy.
- Gently fold in the orange juice, orange zest, ground anise and vanilla with a spatula. Do not over stir.
- Place the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a large round icing tip. Pipe an inch and a half in diameter circle and a smaller one on top making sure you have a slight curl on the top.
- Place in the oven an bake for 2 hours. Turn off the heat an prop the door open slightly until the meringues have completely cooled. Decorate the meringues with melted chocolate in a piping bag with small round tip to create the eyes and mouth.
- Store in an air tight container until ready to use.