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Bonfire night this year falls on a Saturday for a change so the children can join in the fun making sweet treats for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

The first recipe involves a little bit of frying ..


1/2 pint milk

4 oz butter

2 lb flour

2 x 7gm sachets of fast acting dried yeast

4oz caster sugar (plus an extra couple of oz for dusting)

Pinch of salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon (plus an additional half tsp for dusting)

2 large beaten eggs

2 large sweet apples grated

1 tin carnation caramel

Oil to fry Method:

Warm the milk and add that butter and set aside until all the butter has melted and the milk mixture is no more than hand hot. Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour the slightly warm milk mixture, grated apple and beaten eggs into the well of flour etc and mix to a SOFT dough.

Gently knead the dough on a lightly floured surface before putting into a greased bowl and sealed with cling film till the dough has proved (around 2 hours).

After the first prove, tip out the dough and re-knead and then pull off walnut sized balls of dough. Roll into small balls and place them onto a greased baking tray and keep going until all your mixture has been used up. Cover again and leave for a further 40 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the dusting sugar and cinnamon and place on a dry tray ready to roll your fried donuts in.

Lightly fry around 4 at a time until golden brown and pop onto some kitchen roll to drain. Whilst still warm, toss in the cinnamon sugar and leave to cool.

To fill the donuts, simply poke a hole with a skewer in each donut and pipe in the caramel mixture.

Keep a little of the caramel to swirl over the top of them – DELICIOUS


12 oz Butter

6 oz Brown Sugar

6 oz peanut butter

10 oz rolled oats

8 oz plain chocolate chips

2 tsp vanilla extract

Put the butter and demerara sugar in a pan to melt down until the sugar disolves. Add the rolled oats and stir until all the oats are covered and the butter and sugar are absorbed into the oats.

In the second pan, melt together the peanut butter and chocolate chips until smooth.

Divide the oat mixture roughly into four and put one quarter into each of the two greased trays you have ready. Press down to the edges keeping it flat. Then, pour over each half of the melted chocolate and peanut mixture and spread to the sides. Before it goes hard, sprinkle the remaining quarters of the oats over the top of the chocolate mixture on each tray. It will settle a little.

Once you have all the mixture in the baking trays, chill overnight before cutting into small even squares.


Which Day Is Your Bonfire Night?

We got Epic Fireworks This Year

Bonfire Night this year falls on a Tuesday so that begs the question of when to hold your fireworks display.

From past experience, the majority of ‘organised’ displays are held over the weekend, be that before or after the fifth to avoid impacting on work commitments. But, Joe Public certainly has a great deal more choice. Of course, staff at firework outlets are fully committed to making sure that stores remain available to customers for as long as possible, remaining open to the general public until very late evening (last year it was 9:20pm before the doors could eventually be closed and the previous season, we had a lady searching frantically for some additional sparklers at 10:00pm). However, as a result of this, we are unable to hold our family fireworks party until the weekend after Bonfire Night.

Already the phones are red-hot with orders, although at the moment we still have a couple of pieces arriving from china over the forthcoming couple of weeks which will bring out stock back up to capacity and we can still fulfil over 90% of orders with the goods from our current stocks.

As the brochure is about to be finalised, as many will already be aware, the prices of EVERYTHING connected to the firework business has gone up. From labels for the boxes to the pyro itself and the courier, the costs have increased so we sadly have found it necessary to pass on some of these costs to the consumer. That said, in fairness as all our range remains at half the RRP or less, our customers still continue to get quality fireworks at a bargain price. ‘Darn South’ (as we say in Yorkshire) for example, a ‘good quality’ barrage is likely to be 1.4g, so not quite as crisp, loud and bright as the 1.3g barrages from Epic and will set you back a pretty penny. In comparison, a 100 shot barrage will cost you around £110.00 inc VAT whereas the phenomenally brilliant Screaming Spiders, voted as one of the best in the Country is louder, brighter and costs just £44.95 including VAT. You would have to be completely mad not to pursue that one further. So basically, you could have one of each of our award-winning and most popular fireworks the Screaming Spiders and Thunderous Finale for less than the £110.00 price tag.

If you can’t get up the M1 to see us, why not discuss the matter with your friends, family and colleagues and see if you can get an order together for over £295.00 and we will arrange the free delivery of all the fireworks to you at work or home. It is easy to do, just click on epicfireworks.com and check out our fantastic range of DIY display fireworks and garden fireworks. With prices starting from a couple of pounds to our biggest single ignition barrages at around £90.00, we have everything to suit your budget and taste. If you are not sure, get in touch and one of our friendly staff will be happy to chat about your needs and see what will best meet your needs.

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The Jesuit Gunpowder Plot

In 1605, London was a very different place and the Houses of Lords were the hub of all political decision-making at the time.

In the late 16th and early 17th centuries across England and the rest of Europe, Catholics were being persecuted mercilessly thanks to the Protestant ‘reformers’ who said that his holiness The Pope Paul IV, Head of the Catholic Church, was in fact the antichrist! Guy Fawkes and his friends were all recusant Catholics. This meant that they were forced to attend the service at the local Anglican Church and refusal to do would result in them being labelled as ‘recusant’ and fines were levied along with the removal of personal property and sometimes imprisonment. There are reports of fines levied of £60.00 and even loss of land if they refused to receive the sacrament of the Lords Supper at least once annually in an Anglican Church.

The King was expected to take the side of the Catholic’s to a small degree which would remove the need to take action but he seemed to back off with his reforms re-introducing the Recusancy Acts.

Guy was so incensed by the ongoing pseudo political rumblings in the country that he actually went over to Spain to fight for the Catholics in the 80-years war and returned some while later with Robert Wintour and the plan was created to kill the King and kidnap the 9-year old Princess Elizabeth, a Catholic and put her back on the throne.

They collected together a group of men who felt much the same about the situation in the country and hatched a plot to place 16 barrels of gunpowder under the Houses of Lords and blow them all to pieces in the most daring terrorist attempt England had ever seen.

At the same time, the Country was quite literally under siege from the added threat of the Plague which in turn delayed the state opening from October to November.

The plans were eventually uncovered thanks to a letter being sent to Lord Monteagle advising him to stay away from the State Opening which in turn was passed onto the King and the search began.

On the first attempt of the search of the undercrofts beneath the Houses of Lords they failed to find anything but on the second attempt, they came upon Guy Fawkes who gave his name as John Johnson. He was arrested on the spot and consequently tortured until he gave up the remainder of his conspirators. Needless to say, the court was a bit of a whitewash as the sentencing took a couple of minutes at the most and they were all to be put to death by being hung, drawn (dragged along the streets whilst tied to wooden pallets upside down) and quartered.

Guy, knowing that the end was in sight decided that he wasn’t keen on having his genitalia removed (ooch) and his bowels displayed for the birds and fowl to eat before being chopped into pieces and distributed to the ‘four corners of the Kingdom’ and once on the scaffold, he leapt to his death.

Here we are, over 400 years later and we still hold the same fascination for the Gunpowder Plot and of course Guy Fawkes.

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