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HALLOWEEN SWEET TREATS AT RICHMOND

Halloween is on the way and this year Richmond will be celebrating with a Halloween themed afternoon tea.

The story of Halloween has been passed down through generations. There are traditions and adaptations that still continue today that have their history in ancient ceremonies and superstitions. These have evolved into what we know and love today about Halloween.

At Richmond our favourite is this traditional recipe which makes 24 mini pumpkin pies. If you would like to try these yourself, here is what you need!

                                                                                                                                                                                       

Ingredients

PIE CRUST (all ingredients should be really cold)
1¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter (chopped)
¼ cup butter-flavoured shortening
¼ cup cold water

PUMPKIN FILING
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 medium sized egg
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (can add more if desired)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pure pumpkin

Method

Preheat oven to 180°c
In a medium size bowl whisk together flour, sugar and salt.
Cut in butter and shortening until crumbly.
Stir in cold water.
Stir until dough forms.
Press dough into a disk.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In a large bowl combine white sugar, brown sugar and butter until creamy.
Mix in egg, heavy cream, flour and vanilla until creamy.
Fold in pumpkin. Batter will be speckled.
When pie dough has chilled remove it from fridge and knead lightly a few times.
Flour a work surface and pat dough out about ¼ inch thick.
Use a small round cookie cutter to cut out 2-inch circles.
Place the dough circles into a non-stick mini muffin pan.
Press the perimeter of the pie dough so that they completely fill the tin. Use a fork to create ridges on the mini pie crusts if desired.
Place the batter into the pie crusts using a mini ice cream scoop.
Shake the pan or use a knife to level off the top.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the centre of the pie is set. Be careful not to over bake. Pie may be a little jiggly when it comes out of the oven but will set completely as it cools. Pies will be puffy when they come out of the oven, but will sink back down when cooled.
Cool pies on the counter, top with a squirt of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Of course, we must wash these sweets treats down with a nice cup of tea! If you have any Halloween inspired tea recipes, why not send them to us at info@richmondkettlecompany.com or share on our Facebook page – we would love to see your ideas!

New Product Feature – Richmond Traditional Lassi Cup

Lassi is a reference to a popular yoghurt-based drink from India. The flavours of the lassi drink vary by city, region, health benefit and personal taste. Typical recipes include blends of yoghurt, water, spices and occasionally fruit. Traditionally, a lassi (or salted lassi) is a savoury drink often flavoured with cumin. Sweet lassi drinks have become increasingly popular and there are many variations adding in blends of fruits, sugar and honey.

 

Historically, the lassi drink was served in hand-crafted brass cups – carved, engraved and moulded into unique designs. Brass is a copper alloy so in a similar way to our copper kettles heating up quickly, these intricate cups get cool quickly and stay cool. Lassi drinks have been coined ‘the ancient smoothie’, dating back to around 1000BC. We find it fascinating that such an ancient tradition sits so comfortably within our society of modern healthy eating initiatives that we wanted to celebrate it.

 

Our Richmond Traditional Lassi Cups are hand-crafted from solid copper and lined with stainless steel. Working with copper is in our heritage, but its natural properties are what make it perfect for a lassi cup. We have added a stainless steel lining to give the cup longevity, a premium weighted feel and allow for perfect flavour from your chosen drink. Uniting the ancient shape and concept with a modern geometric style; our cups are a celebration of old meets new.

 

Copper cups have been used across many cultures for centuries but in recent years they have become most popular as a vessel for the famous Moscow Mule cocktail. Our lassi cup can be used as a decorative feature or vase, but its best use of course is also a cold drinks vessel. For best results, place in the freezer for up to 1 hour before use. This will ensure your refreshing drink of choice stays perfectly cool. The Richmond Traditional Lassi Cup is the perfect companion for smoothies, iced teas and cocktails – we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. You can see our product listing for Richmond Traditional Lassi Cup for further details.