MAKES ABOUT 15 I PREP TIME 30 MINS I COOKING TIME 2 HOURS + COOLING
The Spooky 3D Cookbook, £9.99, published by Hardie Grant, available at Amazon.
A quirky and interactive cookbook for kids that will tear them away from the TV and into the kitchen! Does it feel like your two-dimensional cookbooks are missing something? Have you had your fill of flat cookies? Then pop on some 3-D glasses (luckily two pairs are contained in a sturdy envelope within the book) and watch your food come to life in the The Spooky 3D Kids’ Party Cookbook! The sweet and savory dishes and treats with a ghoulish theme are perfect for kids’ parties or Halloween. The recipes are simple enough for kids to master with minimal help from grown-ups. And, in addition to all of the fun, there is a practical section covering hygiene, being prepared (read the full recipe before starting), and most importantly, asking an adult before running amok in the kitchen. Including kids in the process of preparing food for family and friends encourages them to try new ingredients and flavors, learn new skills, and gives them a sense of achievement. And when they’re done, pop a pair of 3-D glasses back on and compare your results with the colorful, quirky photos in the book!© 2014 P. McNally / Hardie Grant Books · Reproduced with permission.
Preheat the oven to 100°C (210°F). Lightly oil two large baking trays and line with baking paper. Using electric beaters, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the sugar gradually, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until dissolved before you add more. Drizzle the vinegar over and beat briefly to combine.
Transfer most of the mixture to a large piping bag fitted with a 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) plain round nozzle. Put the remaining mixture (about 3 tablespoons) into a small piping bag fitted with a 5 mm (1/4 inch) nozzle. Using the large piping bag, pipe the mixture in a swirling motion onto the trays, making little ghost shapes about 4 cm (11/2 inches) across the base and 6 cm (21/4 inches) tall.
Using the small piping bag, pipe little arms onto each ghost (don’t worry if they look wonky). Bake for 2 hours, then turn the oven off, leave the door a jar and leave to cool completely.
Dip the base of a ghost into the melted chocolate, about 1 cm (3/8 inch) deep, and allow the excess to drain off. Dip into sprinkles, then place onto a clean sheet of baking paper to set. Repeat with the remaining ghosts. Use writing icing to makes eyes and a mouth on each ghost.