Back home, Halloween really isn’t so huge. You dress up and go out if you’re in uni, but there’s no bombardment of Halloween decorations from August like there is in the States. In fact, it was only when I moved to Canada that I realised how big this “holiday” is in the rest of the world!
I’m never one to turn down a dress up opportunity – and nor am I one to turn down any reason to make delicious and cute little sweet things! I thought of these about 3 weeks prior to the actual event, and I was jonesing to make them! Not only do these look awesome, they also taste great and are super fun to make.
Believe it or not, vegan marzipan is incredibly simple. All you need is icing sugar, finely ground almonds, water and a touch of flour. This can be any kind of flour as long as it doesn’t taste strongly (so basically, don’t use chickpea flour), so these can easily be made gluten-free as well as vegan!
So grab your food colouring, grab your kids (if not, own the fact that you’re a grown adult making these) and make some tasty pumpkins!
Makes 6-8 medium pumpkins
3 cups finely ground almonds; either buy this or whizz blanched almonds in a food processor
2 cups icing (confectioner’s) sugar + 1 cup reserve
8 tbsp water
2 tbsp flour + reserve
orange food colouring (or just mix yellow with a teeny little bit of red)
black food colouring (or just mix 4 drops yellow and red with 2 drops green and blue)
Sift together the ground almonds and sugar, then add in the water and stir til combined
Add in the 2 tbsps flour, adding more flour or water as necessary to get the perfect consistency; workable but not sticky
Tear about 1/10 of the mixture off and leave it aside
Add the orange food colouring to your marzipan and work it in until the colour is even
Break the mixture into 6-8 sections and roll each one into a ball
Slightly squish the ball at the top and bottom to make the top and bottom of the pumpkin
With a knife (or something more blunt if the kids are helping), score the pumpkins from top to bottom 5 or 6 times to create the pumpkin indents
Set the pumpkins aside and grab your 1/10 leftover marzipan
Add in the black food colouring and work it in until the colour is even
Break off little bits of black marzipan to make the stalks; make the same number of stalks as you have pumpkins
Roll into little stalks and place on top of the pumpkins
Now take your 1 cup reserve icing sugar and mix with just enough water to make it a paste. No more!
Add in the black food colouring
Take a toothpick or something similar and paint faces onto your pumpkins! Be sure that the paste isn’t too runny, as it will drip if so
Share with your friends and enjoy!
Your kids can have a great time painting the different faces – I definitely did! If you want to make it easier to paint the pumpkins, simply make them a little bigger.
You can even put a few drops of orange extract into these to make them differently flavoured – in fact, almost any extract would work! I love almonds so I prefer to leave mine almondy and delicious, but this is totally up to you.
Remember; don’t eat too many sweets and have a Happy Halloween!