Cold ears, sweet treats and woolly hats. Bonfire night is normally 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. This year, however, might look a little different, so if you’re staying at home, there’s no reason why you can’t put on a spread to get you in the spirit. And it certainly doesn’t have to take hours of preparation either. Here are our top 7 Bonfire Night treats to make at home, so that you don’t have to miss out on the seasonal festivities – from traditional Bonfire Night food to tasty bonfire treats that’ll keep you toasty in the cold.
1. Steaming Hot Chocolate
A must-have Bonfire Night treat. A steaming mug of hot chocolate is perfect for warming hands if you are in the garden, and a delicious treat if you are sat on the sofa. Add a nutty liqueur and a dollop of cream for a more sophisticated take on this classic bonfire treat. And don’t forget to pick up some marshmallows too – the night won’t be the same without them!
2. Smoky Pulled Pork Buns
Looking for some traditional Bonfire Night food? There’s nothing better than the sweet smell of smoky pork. With minimal prep time and a slow cooker, this is easily one of the best Bonfire Night treats to make 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. Once the pork has been pulled you can leave your family to help themselves to soft white rolls and lashings of pork, adding their favourit/e BBQ or apple sauces.
3. Winter Slaw
This Bonfire Night treat is the 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 traditional Bonfire Night food table. Prep your vegetables the night before and add your dressing on the day 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 traditional Bonfire Night food classic. Wrap your potatoes in tin foil and pop in the heart of your garden bonfire for about an hour, and they’ll emerge with a deliciously fluffy interior. Super simple and a clever way of getting everyone outside and involved in your Bonfire Night celebrations at home. Or, if you aren't having a bonfire, just pop them in the oven with a little oil and salt on the skins for super crispy and delicious potatoes. 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. It’s a real bonfire treat that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home.
5. Fiery Chilli Bowls
Another traditional Bonfire Night food recipe that is simple to prepare and can be left to bubble away on the hob. Make your chilli vegetarian with 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 Bonfire Night sweets. 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 celebrations. 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 sprinkles for the ultimate Bonfire Night sweets.
7. Bonfire Cakes
The piѐce de resistance. You can’t go wrong with homemade bonfire cakes. Bake your favourite cake mix, whether that’s gooey chocolate, cool vanilla or warming red velvet, and go all out for the finishing touches. The key to the perfect bonfire cakes are the decorations… From toffee apple toppings to chocolate finger fires and sugar work flames. Create the effect of a real-life bonfire with your cake and you’re sure to impress! Share your creations with us on Facebook and Twitter.
So even if your festive plans have fizzled out, you can still make some delicious Bonfire Night treats at home, for an evening to remember. Stock up on the necessities for your Bonfire Night treats at your local SPAR, and enjoy your Bonfire Night indoors!
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