Cold ears, sweet treats and woolly hats. Bonfire night is an excellent way of getting friends and family together as the nights draw in, and the novelty of the cold is yet to wear off. If you’re staying at home for Bonfire Night this year, there’s no reason why you can’t put on a spread for all your guests. And it certainly doesn’t have to take hours of preparation either. Here’s our top 6 Bonfire Night treats that are simple to make at home.
1. Steaming Hot Chocolate
Welcome your guests with a steaming mug of hot chocolate that will warm their hands as the fire gets started in the garden. Add a nutty liqueur and a dollop of cream for a more sophisticated take on the classic mug of hot chocolate. And don’t forget to pick up some marshmallows too.
2. Smoky Pulled Pork Buns
There’s nothing better than the smell of smoky pork. With minimal prep time and a slow cooker, you can easily recreate the effect of a slow low barbecue at home. Choose a boneless pork loin and massage your chosen BBQ rub into the meat, before popping into your slow cooker. Add a little water to the bottom of the slow cooker to keep the meat moist and leave for the rest of the day, right up until your guests arrive. Once the pork has been pulled you can leave your guests to help themselves to soft white rolls and lashings of pork, adding their favourite BBQ or apple sauces.
3. Winter Slaw
A perfect accompaniment to your pulled pork buns. Red cabbage mixed with carrots, red onion and apple, dressed in a tangy vinaigrette makes for a great addition to your Bonfire Night food. Prep your vegetables the night before and add your dressing just before your guests arrive for a simple take on tasty coleslaw. Alternatively, if you’re a little short on time, pick up a pre-prepared coleslaw from your local SPAR – no one will know.
4. Bonfire Baked Potatoes
A Bonfire Night classic. Wrap your potatoes in tin foil and pop in the heart of your garden bonfire for about an hour, and they’ll emerge from the fire with a deliciously fluffy interior. Super-simple, and a clever way of getting everyone outside and involved in your Bonfire Night celebration at home. Add a knob of butter and coleslaw to your baked potatoes or a spoonful of chilli con carne for an alternative to your pulled pork buns.
5. Fiery Chilli Bowls
Another traditional Bonfire Night recipe that is simple to prepare and can be left to bubble away on the hob while you catch up with friends and family. Make your chilli vegetarian with meat free mince and kidney and pinto beans, and add your own sweet BBQ sauce for your own personal touch. Cook it low and slow while you wait for your baked potatoes to cook through.
6. Toffee Apples
By the time the sparklers are lit, you’ll want to bring out the sweet treats. Try a simple take on the traditional toffee apple. You will have to prepare these in advance, but once they’re set, you can pop them in the fridge ready for your Bonfire Night celebration. All you have to do to make your sticky toffee is heat sugar, water, vinegar, and golden syrup in a pan, ensuring that your mixture reaches 138°C. If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, heat your mixture gently for 10 minutes and check that your toffee is ready by dropping a dollop in cold water. If it forms bendy threads that aren’t too brittle and break, then your toffee is ready for dipping. Coat your apples in the sticky toffee and decorate with nuts, chocolate, or sweets.
Recipes for Bonfire Night at home don’t have to be complicated. Stock up on the necessities for your Bonfire Night treats at your local SPAR, and don’t forget to share your Bonfire Night celebrations with us on Facebook and Twitter.