It’s that time of year when everyone is interested in frightening things and pumpkins. Well, not just those two things, but they seem to be the popular items associated with Halloween, so this time round Amy from AmyLeCreations has provided us with another delicious and appropriate recipe. Plus, these Pumpkin Ghost Truffles are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! Good luck eating them, muahahaha!!!
As a side note, turns out that pumpkins are high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, so I say dig in! Also, have you ever wandered why pumpkins get carved out into freaky faces and you see Jack O’ Lanterns everywhere during Halloween? Well there is an old Irish Mythical tale about a certain Stinky Jack. Stinky Jack apparently upset both the Devil and God. So when he died, the legend goes, he was not allowed entrance into heaven or hell. He was given a burning coal, which he put into a carved out turnip. Hence the phrase Jack Of The Lantern or Jack O’ Lantern. When the Irish went over to the USA, they found out that pumpkins were the perfect vegetable, compared to turnips and potatoes, for craving out such devilish faces to frighten off Stinky Jack and other unsavoury spirits that may be lingering. Interesting or not?
Anyway, here is the recipe:
PUMPKIN GHOST TRUFFLES
1 cup pumpkin purée
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
100g of white chocolate*
a square of dark chocolate (optional for eyes)
You can either purchase the pumpkin purée in a can, but as it’s not readily available here in Australia, here’s how to make it at home.
Pumpkin Puree: I used a very small pumpkin as you only need one cup of puree, cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the pumpkin halves onto a baking tray and coat the exposed sides with a little oil. Bake at 200 Celsius for 40 minutes or until the flesh is soft and cooked through.
Remove the pumpkin from the skin, it will be quite wet. To remove the excess water, you can strain your pumpkin through a cheesecloth. Another option is to lay down layers of paper towel, spread your pumpkin over evenly and place more layers on top to soak the excess liquid.
Pace into a blender or food processor along with the other ingredients beside white chocolate. Mix until just combined and smooth. The mixture should be firm enough to shape into balls, if not, add a little bit more coconut flour until it is. Roll into balls, in identical sizes or odd shapes depending on your what you would like your ghosts to look like. Place them onto a tray lined with baking paper. Shape your balls into your desired ghost shape. Melt all your white chocolate besides a couple of squares to use for the eyes, if you choose to, and spoon over ghosts, allowing the chocolate to drip down to form a ‘ghostly’ shape around.
Optional – Creating The Eyes: Place some baking paper onto a plate. Melt the couple of squares of white chocolate you have remaining into a small saucepan, then using a knife drop small amounts of chocolate onto the baking paper. Place into the fridge to set while melting a small amount of dark chocolate and doing the same but this time placing the drops onto the white chocolate. I found using a cake tester to do this the easiest. You should have a very small amount left. Place again into the fridge to set. Once set, use the left over melted chocolate to attach them to the ghosts. You could also use chocolate chips for the eyes or simply poke holes with a cake tester if you like.
* I used Sweet William’s white chocolate which is diary free and completely vegan.
Over to Mr. FilmMunch –>
Have you eaten any Pumpkin Ghost Truffles yet? Trust me, they’re good! These little guys look pretty friendly to me, and some of them look like real characters, but they’re a FIlmSnack, so they’re are essentially doomed into my belly. I’ve chosen to pair Amy’s Pumpkin Ghost Truffles with Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners. Together they make the perfect combo for that celebratory Halloween night. Don’t you reckon?
Along with Halloween, we’ve all been talking about Back To The Future, considering it’s turned 30 this year, so you’ll be happy to know that our good friend Marty McFly is in this film. Yes, Michael J Fox delivers his final lead performance on the big screen as Frank Bannister, and he seems to be a bit of a ‘ghost whisperer’. You see, this film presents us to some interesting characters in the form of ghosts, mostly friendly ghosts. There is a bad ghost, more like evil ghost, but I won’t spoil the story for you, just know that the film delivers an entertaining story, but that’s not all it delivers.
Do you still have any Pumpkin Ghost Truffles left? The thing with FilmSnacks is that they need to last you through out the film, so I often try to ration them across the entire duration of the film, you’ll have to do that with The Frighteners, considering it’s just over 2 hours long. Robert Zemeckis, producer of this film, has always been interested in pioneering visual techniques. Just look at Back To The Future, and more recently The Walk. Although he didn’t direct this film, you can feel his presence. There is a substantial use of CGI in this film, for a movie made back in 1998, and surprisingly it holds. It looks rough around the edges, but I can imagine what it would have been like to see this film for the first time back then, it would have been awesome.
If not for the fact that this film is now considered a Halloween classic, Peter Jackson, who directed it, gives reason to check it out. You know, the New Zealander that directed The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, and oh yes, The Hobbit Trilogy? This was in fact his last film before he went into Middle Earth, seemingly never to return. The special effects are married well with the rest of the film, and it’s shot with visual clarity. Plus, he’s given Stanley Kubrick a couple of nods, you’ll know what i’m referring to when you see it.
A sub-genre that is becoming increasingly popular with me is, the comedy-horror, especially after this offering, plus the more recent film, The Final Girls. As much as this film plays like a comedy, even borderline childish, there are some dark tones to the film, and some moments of true fright, just look at the darn poster! I think if you get the right comedy-horror balance it calls for a fun and entertaining film, with the off chance that you might jump off your seat, which is always thrilling. The Frighteners manages to find said balance and as such is a great film to get into the Halloween-esque spirit of things. Oh, and don’t forget those cute and yummy Pumpkin Ghost Truffles!
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