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LIFESTYLE: Mexican Sugar Skulls
by Vikki Chatfield of http://koolkookykreatures.etsy.com
Mexican sugar skulls are traditionally You will need: large skull). Alter the amount to suit
made for the Mexican festival of the Castor Sugar your needs. For each 22g of castor
Day of the Dead or “Dia de los Muertos” Meringue Powder sugar you will need  teaspoon of
which takes place on 2nd November. Water meringue powder. Meringue powder
This is a celebration and remembrance Icing is essential as this provides the “glue”
of ancestors and loved ones who have Mixing Bowl which holds the skulls together.
died. The skulls (or calaveros as they Knife 2. Place the castor sugar and
are called in Mexico) are traditionally Skull moulds (size of your choice) meringue powder in a large bowl
decorated with bright colourful Card or hard pieces of plastic sheet and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle  tsp
icings and sequins and the names cut to size of mould of water over the mixture ( tsp per
of the people that they represent are Sequins and any other decorations 22g sugar). Work the water into
inscribed upon the foreheads. you wish to use the sugar until the mixture has the
texture and feel of cool beach sand.
They are a brilliant addition to Optional: This may take a few minutes so be
Halloween decorations and fabulous Food Colouring patient. If you need to add more
fun for the children to make too! Foil do so sparingly until the required
You can make them for decoration consistency is achieved. If you add
purposes only or make yummy Instructions: too much, just add a little more
chocolate skulls to wrap in coloured . Depending upon which sugar. The mixture is ready when you
foil and give as gifts! mould you have, you will need can squeeze the sugar together and
varying amounts of castor sugar it will hold together.
(22g/ oz/ American cup will . Spoon the sugar mixture into
make  small,  medium or  whole the moulds and press down firmly
 | ukhandmade | Autumn 2009
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