Halloween With Ciao Gusto [AD]

I don’t know about you but when it comes to baking of any kind I’m not the greatest at it, you know my baking creations are the kind of ones that would embarrassingly end up as some Pinterest fail, and then go and throw in the fact I’m just not a fan of standing there for hours mixing this and that and trying my hardest not to get muddled between teaspoon/tablespoon of some vital ingredient, overall it just becomes something I actively try to avoid.

With Halloween just around the corner and the word ‘party’ being thrown around by the kids, this means hours of party prep, dusting off the cobwebs from the Halloween decorations and providing enough food to feed a street worth of witches and zombies. So a collaboration with Ciao Gusto has given me the perfect chance to create a trick & treat which is easy for any age to bake and wouldn’t leave me burning my creation at the stake but instead give me something tasty for my Halloween fright fest.

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For me it was no-zombie-brainer to choose the Valsoia Dairy Free Chocolate Spread as a vegetarian who is trying to eat more vegan as much as possible, it’s the ideal chocolate spread alternative to other brands on the shelves. So what I decided to do was come up with something quick and effortless but at the same time look as if it had hours of sweat, vampire blood and tears thrown into it.

Vegan Double Chocolate Spider Web Rolls

Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need:

  • Valsoia Dairy Free Chocolate Spread
  • Ready Rolled Puff Pastry
  • Vegan White Chocolate
  • Plant Based Milk For Glaze (We Used Almond)

>Ready rolled puff pastry is a lazy witch’s best friend, spreading this out on some baking paper and layering with spoon after spoon of chocolate spread is a fun task for anyone no matter if they are big or small, the biggest challenge though is resisting that urge to spoon it straight out the jar into your mouth. As you’re doing this pre-heat the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 6.

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Once it’s got a decent coating of chocolate spread, starting from the edge, gently roll the pastry towards the other edge until it leaves you with what the girl would call, a snake (but technically a cylinder) and cut into 12 even slices.  Then place each slice onto the baking paper, glazed with your desired plant based milk and place into the oven for 15 minutes.

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Once you have taken them out of the oven, leave them to cool down and once cooled down melt some chocolate, we went with some vegan white chocolate to really give that web effect but it could easily be done with any kind of chocolate or even icing if that’s what you have to hand.  The web effect is as simple as it was to make the rolls, just drizzle the lines over as if you were cutting a pizza and then finish that off with two circles.

Within half hour you have some sweet treat’s prepared, baked and decorated ready to make a rather decorative centrepiece for your Halloween party table.

You can pick up all your favourite authentic Italian food and drink with the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli at Ocado. You’ll be familiar with many products, such as Riso Gallo, Filippo Berio, Giovanni Rana and Cirio who are joined by products less well known in the UK such as Valsoia dairy-free ice cream, Auricchio cheese and Negroni charcuterie – everything you’ll find at the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli has been specially selected for its reputation as an authentic Italian favourite.

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Here’s a full list of the Italian brands you’ll discover at the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli:

Pasta – Barilla, Rana
Rice – Riso Gallo
Flours – Polenta Valsugana
Tomato and Vegetable Conserves – Cirio
Cheese and Dairy – Auricchio, Parmareggio
Fish – Delicius, Medusa
Herbs and Spices – Cannamela
Tuna – Rio Mare
Cured Meats – Negroni
Soya and Rice products – Valsoia
Olive Oil – Filippo Berio
Vinegar – Ponti
Bakery – Colussi, Misura,
Dried fruits – Noberasco
Jams – Santa Rosa
Coffee – Lavazza
Herbal Teas – Bonomelli
Water and Fruit Juices – San Benedetto, Santal
Wine – Zonin, Santa Margherita
Spirits – Vecchia Romagna

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We were provided with payment to cover the cost of ingredients as well as to treat ourselves to a few other bits and bobs for our Halloween party. Your invite is in the post.