Seven tantalising, toasty and totally tasty Bonfire treats

Nov 04,2015

Autumn is well and truly upon us. Nothing says this more than gathering around a bonfire on a crisp November evening to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. And what better way to bring oodles of festivity to your bonfire party than to create some delicious treats to warm the fingers and fill the tummies of your guests? From easy toffee apples to pack-a-punch chilli con carne, the below recipes ideas will inspire you to take your bonfire party food to the next level.

1. Hot 'n' toasty S'mores

You'll need:

- 12 x plain biscuits

- 12 x pink & white marshmallows

- 6 x squares of chocolate

- A bonfire

To prepare:

- Skewer the marshmallows and toast them on the bonfire until gooey

- Put a square of chocolate on six of the biscuits, add the melted marshmallows and squash into sandwiches using the remaining six biscuits

2. Bonfire spuds

You'll need:

- As many potatoes as you want

- Enough tin-foil to wrap each potato twice

- A bonfire

- Butter and any other toppings you'd like

To prepare:

- Wash and dry the potatoes, then pierce a few holes into the skin of each

- Wrap each potato in two layers of tin-foil

- Place carefully into the hot embers of your bonfire and leave to cook for around 45 mins

- Remove from the fire carefully with something long, i.e. a long pronged fork

- Unwrap and season as you like - we think you can't go wrong with butter, salt and pepper!

3. Hot 'n' homemade garlic bread

You'll need:

- 4 x garlic cloves, crushed

- 2 x tbsp. butter

- 2 x tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

- 1 x crusty loaf of white bread sliced into whatever size chunks you fancy

- Chopped parsley

To prepare:

- Mix the garlic cloves with the butter, add the oil and combine

- Heat in a saucepan over a low heat for around three minutes

- Toast the bread under the grill until golden brown

- Remove the bread and brush liberally with the garlic butter mix

- Sprinkle with parsley

4. Too-toffee toffee apples

You'll need:

- 8 x apples

- 8 x lolly sticks or skewers

- 400g x golden caster sugar

- 1 x tsp. vinegar

- 3 x tbsp. golden syrup

To prepare:

- Remove the stalks off the apples and skewer onto the sticks/skewers

- Dissolve the sugar and syrup in a sauce pan over a low heat

- Stir in the vinegar

- Turn up the heat and boil until the liquid has reached 140C

- Carefully dip each apple in the toffee and then leave to cool

5. So good, so sticky flapjacks

You'll need:

- 250g x porridge oats

- 125g x butter

- 125g x brown sugar

- 3 x tbsp. golden syrup

To prepare:

- Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup together in a saucepan over a low heat

- Add the porridge oats and combine

- Pour the mixture into a greased baking tray

- Cook for around twenty minutes - more or less depending on how gooey you like them!

6. Best ever hot chocolate

You'll need:

- 280ml of full cream or semi-skimmed milk per mug

- 1 x tbsp. drinking chocolate per mug - go for a good quality variety for the best results

- Sugar if you like it sweetened, but it's not necessary

- Marshmallows

To prepare:

- Warm the milk or cream in a sauce pan until simmering but not boiling

- Put one tablespoon of the drinking chocolate, and some sugar if required, into each mug

- Pour enough milk into each mug to dissolve the chocolate, and pour the rest of the milk into a flask that has a lid

- Shake the flask well to froth up the milk

- Add as many marshmallows as you like to each mug before topping up with the hot, frothed milk

7. Pack-a-punch chilli con carne

You'll need:

- 1 x large white onion, diced

- 3 x large garlic cloves, chopped finely or crushed

- Dried chilli flakes - as much or as little as you like

- 1 x packet of bacon lardons, or 3 x slices of thick cut bacon, cubed

- 2 x tins of chopped tomatoes

- 1 x large glass of good quality red wine

- 500g x minced beef

- 1 x red pepper, diced

- Worcestershire sauce, to taste

- Salt and pepper

- 1 x tin of red kidney beans

- A good glug of olive oil

To prepare:

- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and then gently fry off the onion, garlic, bacon and red pepper until softened (and the bacon is starting to crisp)

- Add in the chilli flakes - a small mound in your palm will go quite far, you can always add more as you taste and go

- Add the minced beef and fry-off until browned

- Add the chopped tomatoes and red wine

- Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper, plus a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce to the mix and stir

- Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat so the chilli is simmering, and then leave to cook for at least one hour, occasionally stirring so it doesn't stick to the pan

- Top-up with a little boiled water or more red wine as it's cooking if it looks like it's drying out

- In the last ten minutes of cooking add the drained kidney beans

- Serve with a bonfire spud and a dollop of crème fraiche


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