Witches Brooms – Halloween Table Decorating with Kataifi
A month or so ago a blogger friend of ours did a post for us making Kataifi monsters for Halloween. She also showed an image of a broomstick she made using the kataifi. Well, it apparently appealed to my inner child. I wanted to make those brooms! I just had to see if it would work. So I tried it myself and am happy to report that it was super fun.
As far as a recipe, I'll keep it really simple. I basically just did these with my fingers, kataifi, a bit of butter and some pretzel sticks. The trickiest part is wrapping a "ribbon" of kataifi around the broomstick. Just take deep breaths. And when you bake them, watch carefully as they can burn in the blink of an eye. Otherwise it is super fun. Maybe do them with a group of preteens. They're sure to stir creative juice.
They made great backdrops for our cheese platter here:
Gently cut the kataifi plastic open and choose strands that are relatively untangled. Straighten them with your fingers and rub with a little butter using gentle pressure.This helps them stay soft and keep them from breaking.
- Take a bunch about 1 -1 1/2" across and cut with scissors long enough to look like a broom. This will differ depending on the size of your pretzel stick.
- Insert the pretzel (broom) stick about 1/2 way.
- Take about a dozen new long strands and smooth them with your buttery hands, and carefully wrap around the broomstick, tucking the ends under the broom. When this bakes it will harden and hold it's shape better than it does now.
Place these on a parchment lined baking tray and bake at 375 for about 5 minutes. Watch carefully as they over-cook in an instant. Cool completely and transfer to a decorative platter or centerpiece using a spatula.
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