Thursday, September 3, 2009

Martha Stewart Halloween 09 . . . part 2

All images courtesy Martha Stewart

As promised, here are some scans for a look inside the fabulous 2009 Halloween issue of Martha Stewart Living. I always get so much inspiration from her; every year I plan Halloween parties in my head decorated like these scenes;) I mean, some cheesecloth, black candles, pumpkins and a little spraypaint, and you too can have a fantastic spread like the above. Oh, and don't forget the glitter;)

Every year she features great no-sew costumes like the above. Just get yourself a mess of tulle, a ribbon, and some lace and you can have a costume like the ghost above.

Love this. A pumpkin punchbowl, creeping branches, and a topsy turvy candelabra? And, the best part is, none of it has to be expensive; it's all in the presentation.

Yep; every year I carve crazy-elaborate pumpkins too. I love the stacked idea; maybe this year I'll do a pumpkin haunted house or something;)

These are too cute. With the right edge puncher, you can make really easy favors for your party.
She used stamps for the writing, but a metallic sharpie works just as well.

This issue was chock-full of great recipes too, some of which I'm just itching to try. Here's one of the new ones:
Darkest Chocolate Crepe Cake

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus melted for pan
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups whole milk, room temperature
6 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Hazelnut Filling
Chocolate Glaze
Candied Hazelnuts
1.Bring 1/4 cup water to a rolling boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, whisking to combine after each addition. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate until completely melted. Set aside.
2.Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla in another medium bowl. Gradually add milk mixture to flour mixture, whisking until smooth. Add chocolate-butter mixture, whisking until smooth. Pour through a fine sieve into an airtight container; discard lumps. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
3.Lightly coat an 8-inch crepe pan or nonstick skillet with melted butter. Heat over medium heat until just starting to smoke. Remove pan from heat; pour about 2 tablespoons batter into pan, swirling to cover bottom. Reduce heat to medium-low; return pan to heat. Cook, flipping once, until edges are golden and center is dry, about 30 seconds per side.
4.Slide crepe onto a plate. Repeat process with remaining batter, coating pan with butter as needed. Crepes can be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 day.
5.Place a crepe on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Spread with about 3 tablespoons hazelnut filling. Top with another crepe. Continue layering with hazelnut filling and crepes, using about 32 crepes and ending with a crepe on top. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
6.Spoon 1/2 cup glaze on top of the cake, spreading to edges. Spread remaining glaze around sides of cake, coating completely. Refrigerate until glaze is firm and set, about 20 minutes. Cake can be refrigerated up to 3 days. Garnish with toasted and candied hazelnuts.

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