Hosting a Halloween party
is a great time to make spooky and fun inspired finger foods that will have your guest squealing in delight or terror. These witches’ finger appetizers are made out of a simple pretzel recipe. For a more realistic login finger use the home made pretzel dough recipe. For a quick version that is almost as scary you can follow the quick recipe.
Homemade Pretzel Dough Witches Fingers
1 packet of active dry yeast
3 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (105 – 110 degrees F.)
1 tablespoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
6-7 drops green food coloring
Cornmeal and extra flour for dusting work surface
Coarse kosher salt
In a large bowl combine yeast, 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar, and water and let stand 5 minutes until foamy. You will see small bubbles form on the top of the yeast mixture. Add the remaining sugar and salt and stir very well. Now add the green food dye until you get the color you would like. Next, Add the flour 1 cup at a time. You will want to mix this by hand until well incorporated. Now, Knead dough until smooth about 7 minutes. It will have a visible smooth sheen. Transfer to a bowl and let stand, covered, for 40 minutes in a warm place. I like to put mine on top of the refrigerator.
Next, to roll out your Halloween witches fingers Dust your work surface with flour and cornmeal. Divide your pretzel dough into approximately 12 pieces. Roll them out to desired length and thickness. They should be the size of fingers. Next, transfer the fingers to a baking sheet that has been lightly dusted with cornmeal. Allow pretzels to rise for 30 minutes, uncovered.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Carefully transfer risen pretzel fingers to boiling water with a spatula. You will want to boil them on one side for 2 minutes, flip and boil other side for another 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer boiled pretzel fingers to a rack to drain for 1 minute. Arrange the withes pretzel fingers on a baking sheet, lightly dusted with cornmeal, and sprinkle with kosher salt. This will look nice a bumpy like a witches finger should. Now you can insert your almond on the end for a fingertip. If you can find raw almonds that would be best, bust almost any will work. Bake the fingers for 20 minutes or until they are done.
I like to serve these homemade pretzel fingers on a platter with a small bowl of mustard in the middle. Almost any large platter will work. Make sure you face all of the fingers facing out following the circular shape of our platter.
Quick Pretzel Dough Witches finger Recipe
1 Can of Pillsbury Pretzel Dough in a Can
2 Egg Yolks
Green Food dye
Open the can of refrigerated pretzel dough. Cut the dough into finger length portions. Lay them on the baking sheet. Mix a few drops of green food coloring with your egg yolks, until it looks like the desired color. Use your pastry brush to paint a layer of green coloring on the pretzel finger. Sprinkle pretzel salt on top. Next, Place one almond at the end of each finger to look like the fingernail. Bake using the instructions on the pretzel dough can. I like to serve these with some melted queso cheese in a small bowl and the witch fingers on a platter around them.
The homemade dough will be a more matte colored Witches finger while the quick recipe will produce very shiny green witches fingers.