Hi bakers! Halloween is a great time to get creative with desserts. And I have a lot of recipes I want to share with you. So I was excited when the folks at Best Fiends reached out to me to create a bonus video for you featuring a Halloween-themed dessert for their game. Best Fiends is free puzzle-adventure game where you collect and upgrade characters by matching same-colored blocks to defeat slugs. My husband Kevin and I love playing. I’m a level 45, and Kevin is on 30, so he’s got a bit of catching up to do. For Halloween, they have slugs dressed up in costume, so it’s a great time to start playing—and it’s free to download. And the slugs are back in their second game in the trilogy, Best Fiends Forever, an adventure clicker game you can now download for free. Sticking with the theme of slugs and creepy crawlies, we are making a Witches’ Brew. So let’s get started. So the base for our witches’ brew is tapioca. It tastes really good once it’s finished and best of all, it looks like frog spawn, it’s all bubbly—it’s perfect for Halloween.
Now I have tapioca here that I soaked overnight. And I’m just going to put it in a heavy-bottom saucepan. I don’t recommend using quick-cooking tapioca for this recipe because it’s ground up too finely. The next ingredient is milk. Now, you can use dairy-free milk; that will work perfectly. And then lastly, a pinch of salt, to add a little bit of flavor.
Then what you want to do is turn the heat on and bring it to a simmer. Once it comes to a simmer, put on a lid. And then turn the heat down to the very lowest setting, and then what we’re going to do is let this sit here for an hour, and very, very gently cook away, until it thickens up and it’s really lovely. Every few minutes, you do want to go in with your spatula, and give it a bit of a stir to make sure that the milk isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pot.
The recipe for this pudding can be found on my website, BiggerBolderBaking.com, and go there and check it out, because I’ve got lots of other Halloween desserts there too. Okay, so it’s been an hour, and I want to show you what the tapioca should look like. It has plumped up, and the tapioca has gone transparent, just like frog spawn, so this is what we want. So the next ingredient in our pudding is egg yolks.
Now these are used to thicken it up and get it nice and stiff. Now if you’re vegetarian, or you don’t eat eggs, you can always use cornstarch, or tapioca starch, to thicken up your pudding. Into the eggs, we’re going to add some sugar to sweeten up our pudding. And just give that a quick whisk together. Now into our egg yolks, we’re going to take some of our hot tapioca mix, and then add that in there.
And just give that a mix around once you add that in. This step is called “tempering.” And what it does is that it introduces two ingredients that are different temperatures, so that they both become the same temperature. It’s really important when you’re working with eggs. Okay, nice, these eggs have become a little bit warmer, and all you want to do is add them back into the rest of your tapioca, and mix them all together. Now still over a very low heat, I’m going to stand here and stir this for around ten to fifteen minutes, until it thickens up. So after a few minutes, you’ll notice that your pudding has thickened up really well. So I’m gonna go ahead and turn off the heat, and then we’re going to add in our last few ingredients. To give nice flavor to our tapioca pudding, I’m going to add in some vanilla extract. If you don’t have it at home, you can always leave it out. Now, witches’ brew is always bubbling when you see it, and that’s where the tapioca comes in.
But now, I’m going to color it green. So I’m going to take a little bit of food dye, and then just add in as much as you want until you get your desired color. Just look at that! It’s kind of sludgy, and bubbly—definitely what we’re going for for Halloween. Now, just like all of my Big and Bold desserts, I wanna make sure this tastes great too. Oh, yummy! If you like pudding, rice puddings, and things like that, you’re gonna love this.
Now I’m going to set this aside and we’re going to start to build our Halloween dessert. So I have a little cauldron, but you can also use any kind of black bowl. And then I’m going to take some long pretzels, just like these ones, and then I’m going to place them around the cauldron, because these are going to be the logs. So we’ve got our logs for our cauldron, but now we need our fire. So I’ve got a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, and I’ve got some red food dye, and I’m just going to run it in lines, inside the piping bag. Now this is red, but I’m also going to put orange in here as well. This is going to create nice streaks. Then, into our piping bag, I’m going to put in some buttercream that I colored with yellow food dye.
So just push it down, and then we are going to pipe it in and around the logs. Our next step is to add our frog spawn tapioca pudding. I like to put it almost coming out over the edges, so it looks like it’s bubbling up. Now this is where it gets really fun. We get to decorate it with lots of creepy, crawly, ooey, gooey bits for Halloween. I’m going to put the skeleton in the middle, and then I’m going to put his limbs all around the bowl. Next I have some gummy eyeballs. You cannot have Halloween without gummy eyeballs.
Another must for Halloween are brains. Then of course, it would not be complete without adding in some gummy slugs, just like in the game, Best Fiends. I’m gonna pop in a slug here, and then I’m going to pop in another slug in over here. Oh, look at that! All you needed was to make a pudding, and then have lots of ooey gooey bits to put into your cauldron, and then you end up with this amazing Halloween dessert. Thanks again to Best Fiends for helping me to bring you this video. The link for the game is in the description box, and remember, it is free to download. I’ll see you back here next week for more baking..
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