Although as a child I didn't grow up with Halloween festivities I love this time of year. Children can have a bit of fun dressing up, there are lots of parties around and it is the perfect time to be creative in the kitchen especially when making dishes using pumpkin.
It is interesting how Halloween is getting more and more popular in Italy. In the past Italian children used to dress up exclusively at Carnival time which is in February. They used to go from door to door just like "trick or treat" and get sweeties. I did! And used to loved it! Now they dress up for Halloween too.
I was inspired by these witches fingers I have seen circulating on the net; my children enjoyed making them and they are nice and crunchy. If you use caster sugar you will get a pastry of a smoother consistency; I chose brown sugar to add a bit of crunch and deeper flavour to the biscuits.
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 15 minutes
On your worktop mix the flour with the egg, sugar and vanilla extract. Add the cold diced butter and quickly incorporate the ingredients well making a smooth ball
Roll the pastry with your hands and make small cylinders as thick and long as your fingers.
Make a few incisions to correspond to the knuckle of your fingers and put an almond at the end to represent the witches nail.
Bake at 180C for about 15 minutes until slightly golden.
If the "nails" detach during cooking "glue" them back with some jam 🙂