And as for the "blood" dip, it's actually just a tasty piri piri flavour which is a great accompaniment for these crunchy breadsticks. This gruesome duo will be the perfect snack for your Halloween party.
- 225g strong plain white bread flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon caster sugar
- ½ teaspoon fast-action dried yeast
- 1 teaspoon Very Lazy garlic paste
- 1 tablespoon basil paste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 150ml warm water
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 25g finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 32 blanched almonds
- Little paprika
- For the dip
- 125g soft cream cheese
- 150g roasted red peppers, from a jar, drained
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- ½ teaspoon Very Lazy Piri Piri chilies with oil, drained
Method1 Place the flour, salt, sugar, yeast and garlic and basil paste in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Using a wooden spoon , stir in the olive oil and enough of the water to form a dough.
2 Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 7-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
3 Then place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1-1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
4 Preheat the oven to 190C, gas mark 5. Line two large baking trays with baking paper.
5 Using your first punch the dough to knock out the air bubbles. Knead on a lightly floured surface, then roll of the dough to a rectangle about 32 x 36 cm. Using a pizza wheel or sharp knife cut the dough in half horizontally then into 3 cm thick strips.
6 Fold one strip of dough in half, so it is 1cm thick, then roll to make a thin finger about 12cm long.
7 Repeat with remaining strips. Pinch the dough to form knuckles and mark with lines. Bend to make scraggy fingers. Place on the baking sheets and brush with the beaten egg. Sprinkle over the cheese.
8 Toss the almonds in a little paprika, then press into the end of the fingers. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
9 Meanwhile make the dip. Place the roasted pepper in a food processor and blend until smooth. Stir into the cream cheese, tomato puree and chilies.
10 When the fingers are cooked, serve with the dip.
Prep Time15 minutes (plus 1 hour rising)
Cook Time12-15 minutes
Nutrition InformationMakes 32
Other Ghoulishy Great Halloween recipes:
Spider Web Pumpkin Cupcakes
Iced Gingerbread Bats
Green Slime Eyeball Pasta with Fiery Hell Sauce
Popcorn Toffee Apples