Bonfire night is a great excuse for a party or a family get-together. If you are having some people round this bonfire night for fireworks, a bonfire or other festivities, here are some seasonal treats to get everyone in the mood. The great news for polytunnel growers is that there are plenty of sweet treats that can be made from polytunnel produce at this time of year. These five sweet treats will give everyone the calories they need to stay warm and happy when outside after dark.
Parkin is a traditional food for bonfire night in the north of England. Why not consider this twist on the classic recipe? Incorporating pumpkin puree into your spiced parkin cake, you can keep it moist and also make the most of the seasonal produce at this time of the year.
If you have grown pumpkins in your polytunnel, you may also like to consider using some of your harvest to make some delicious pumpkin muffins. If you don’t have any pumpkin on hand, you could also consider making muffins from other seasonal fruits or vegetables that you may have on hand, including apples, carrots, beetroot and other root vegetables.
Toffee Apples – Traditional Sweet Treats For Bonfire Night
Toffee apples are definitely one of the most traditional sweet treats for bonfire night. Pop your apples onto sturdy sticks and slather them with toffee. You can also consider coating your toffee apples with chopped nuts, or other tasty coatings before the toffee gets the chance to set.
Carrot & Ginger Cake
Another of the sweet treats that is ideally suited to the time of year, a sticky, spiced carrot and ginger cake can also be a great way to use up root vegetables. Baked treats like this one will taste all the better when you make them using vegetables and other ingredients that you have grown yourself in your polytunnel.
Bonfire Night Jam Tarts
Kids will love the fire-like glow of jam tarts. If you have made your own jams using polytunnel produce this year, then this is definitely a recipe to consider this bonfire night. If you want the jam tarts to look even more like the glowing embers of a campfire, add pastry ‘logs’ on top. A similar alternative is to use your home-made jam to stick together home-made biscuits, which you can make in any shape you wish. By cutting shapes into a top biscuit to show the jam beneath, you can create a simple firework-like effect.
These are just some of the sweet treats that you could consider making with polytunnel produce and serving to friends or family this bonfire night. If you have any other favourite recipes for bonfire night that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.