Trick or Treat  Photo: Quentin Jones

Trick or Treat Photo: Quentin Jones

These can look surprisingly like real mushrooms so children may need convincing they are actually sweet and crunchy.

Ingredients
150g egg whites
150g castor sugar
150g icing sugar, sifted
½ tsp ground cinnamon
50g dark chocolate

This inspired me to offer some recipes for home-made treats that embrace the Halloween theme but don't come wrapped in plastic. 


Method

Pre-heat oven to 50C. Whisk egg whites to soft peaks in a mixer. Slowly add castor sugar and whisk to stiff peaks. Fold through icing sugar.

Place in a piping bag and pipe an even number of mushroom-shaped tops and stalks. Use wet fingers to re-shape if needed.

Dust tops with cinnamon. Bake for three hours or overnight until meringue is firm on the outside.

Melt chocolate and spread on bottoms of mushroom tops. Attach stalks while chocolate is still warm. Allow to cool.

Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Makes about 30

Author: Jane Strode 
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Halloween, Special event, party, kid-friendly