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Halloween Decorations

Posted October 28, 2020 by Squires Kitchen Shop

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Squires Kitchen’s isomalt is available ready-tempered in a range of colours, making this versatile material easier to work with whether you’re a beginner or a professional. The simple techniques used in this fun Halloween project do not require any advanced level of skill so it would be a great way to familiarise yourself with isomalt and its properties.
You will need:
Isomalt Plaques
  1. Lay a piece of baking paper on a heatproof, flat surface. Lightly grease the inside of the 7cm and 9cm (2¾” and 3½”) round cutters with a little white vegetable fat and place them on the baking paper.
  2. Put five pieces of isomalt into a microwaveable container that can withstand temperatures of over 180°C (355°F) such as a plain ceramic mug. Microwave on full power in 30 second blasts until the isomalt becomes liquid. Be sure to check the isomalt after each round and do not heat for longer than 30 seconds at a time.
  3. Carefully remove the isomalt from the microwave using oven gloves. The isomalt will be extremely hot. Stir and wait for the bubbling to stop then slowly pour into the smaller round cutter.
  4. Leave the isomalt to cool in the cutter for five minutes then press the tip of a round piping nozzle into the partially-set isomalt approximately 1cm (3/8”) from the top edge. Leave the piping nozzle in the isomalt for a further seven minutes or until it is completely set.
  5. When the isomalt is set, carefully twist out the piping nozzle and remove the isomalt plaque from the cutter.
  6. Repeat steps 2–5 for the larger round cutter, this time using seven pieces of isomalt.

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Top Tip: If the plaque snaps when you remove it from the cutter, break the isomalt into pieces and re-melt it.

Haunted House
  1. Roll out 20g (¾oz) of Black SFP and cut out a 9cm (3½”) circle. Reposition the cutter over the edge of the circle and cut out a pointed oval shape. Fix this onto the base of the larger isomalt plaque to form the hilltop.
  2. Roll out 30g (1oz) of Black SFP and use a sharp knife to cut out the silhouette of a haunted House
  3. Gently place the haunted house over the hill and cut along the line where the base of the house meets the top of the hill so that the two fit neatly together.
  4. Remove the house from the plaque and cut out a door shape at the base

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  1. Use the tip of a piping nozzle to cut a round window in the tower then use a sharp knife to cut out two square windows in the house.
  2. Fix the house onto the isomalt by pressing it on gently.
  3. Cut out two tiny gravestones from Black SFP using a sharp knife and press them onto the isomalt.

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  1. Make two small drop shapes of Black SFP and gently flatten them. Pinch them in at the sides to form the arms of the ghosts.
  2. Mark three holes for the ghost’s eyes and mouths with a scribing needle.
  3. Fix the ghosts to the isomalt gently.

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Top Tip: Be careful not to touch the Isomalt with your fingers otherwise you may leave fingerprints in the sugar.