Alice in Wonderland – Drink Me (Layered Drink), Eat Me (Sugar Cookies), Bread and Butterflies, Oysters on the Half-shell, Unbirthday Cake, Edible Plate, Mushroom

Quick links: Drink Me | Eat Me | Bread and Butterfly | Oysters | Unbirthday Cake | Edible Plate | Mushroom | Verdict

I’ve always wanted to eat a plate. This was my chance. There is tons of crazy food in Alice in Wonderland. And the best part is that, since it takes place in a “wonderland” there is no wrong way to make the food.  It was great fun experimenting how to do the Drink Me and finding a way to make an edible plate. Now, before you ask, we didn’t eat a clock. That is one of the most memorable things in the movie, but since it wasn’t prepared as a food, we didn’t make it. Sorry 😦

I forgot how entertaining Alice in Wonderland is too. The last time I had watched it, I was a little kid and half the movie went right over my head while the other half scared me. Watching it as an adult was much more enjoyable.

Drink Me (Cherry Tart, Custard, Pineapple, Roast Turkey Drink)

So you fall down a rabbit hole and land in a mysterious place? What is the first thing you do? Well drink a strange drink sitting on a table of course.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

She even examines it and notes that it might be poison, but downs it anyway.

Well it never really shows what is inside the “Drink Me” bottle, but she describes the flavors. At first it tastes like cherry tart, and then like custard, then pineapple, then roast turkey. That meant I got to make a multi-layered drink!

Drink Me

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:

Cherry Tart

1 pound red cherries
2 pounds sugar
1/2 pint water
3 bottles carbonated water (soda)

 

Custard

1.2 cups milk
1/4 cups cream
4 eggs yolks
2 Tbs sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pineapple

1 can Pineapple
1/4 c Sugar
1 tsp Lemon Juice

Roast Turkey

1/2 c Turkey
1/4 c Gravy
2 Tbs Cranberry Sauce
1/2 c Water
1/8 tsp Chicken Bouillon
Salt to Taste

Cherry Tart

  1. Put the clean, seedless cherries and sugar in a saucepan. If you want your cherries on the super-tart side, add less sugar.
  2. Cover the pan and leave at room temperature for 2 hours. The cherries need time to soak up the sweetness of the sugar. It’ll be so tangy that you’ll need the water to dilute it later.
  3. Add the 1/2 pint of water and stir until all the sugar dissolves. You’re looking for one mostly uniform consistency (the cherry chunks will keep it from being entirely uniform).
  4. Bring the contents up to a boil.
  5. Then reduce the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes. It should maintain a light bubble the entire time, reducing the liquid and turning almost syrupy.
  6. When finished, strain the mixture.
  7. Squeeze all the moisture from the cherries into a separate saucepan. Don’t just strain it — really squeeze out all the juices. Simmer the strained liquid until it thickens like maple syrup.
  8. Then take the pan off, let it cool to room temperature and move it to a sealed vessel for storage in a refrigerator
  9. Put one or two spoons of it into a glass of soda water. Sparkling water (or even just water) works, too.
  10. Feel free to experiment with the ratio to find your personal taste. It may take a try or two — but once you find the right combination, it’ll be easy.

Custard

  1. Bring milk and cream to a simmer slowly on low heat.
  2. Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together, add the egg yolks, combine well.
  3. Slowly whisk the warm milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Add vanilla. Return to the saucepan and stir gently until thickened. Serve hot, or cool to use as a layer in trifles, or fill tart pans.
  4. Tip. If using it hot, it can be kept warm in a jug set in a pan of hot water with a bit of cling film on top to prevent a skin forming.

Source: food.com

Pineapple

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend
  3. Chill

Roast Turkey

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend
  3. The mixture should be thick, but still able to move when you tilt the container.

Layering

There are a couple ways to layer the drinks. The first way is the way I used for the tube. Tilt the container pour each of the liquids, starting with the bottom-most liquid, slowly into the container. The contents should slide down the side of the container and rest on top of each other.

For more open-faced containers, you can use the spoon method. Pour the first liquid into the bottom of the container. Then place a spoon upside-down and at an angle, so the tip of the spoon is resting just above the bottom layer, and pour the second layer onto the spoon slowly. Move the spoon to cover the whole first layer.

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Eat Me Sugar Cookies

After she foolishly drinks the luckily-not-poisoned, but enlarging drink, she goes on and eats some strange cookies that appear out of no where in the hopes that she will shrink back down.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

These look like regular sugar cookies. We found a great recipe and whipped some up.

Eat Me Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: 4 dozen
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons buttermilk
sprinkles or colored sugar for decorating
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet.
  4. Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and place on a ungreased cookie sheet. With a brush or fingers, moisten the top of each cookie with the remaining buttermilk and slightly flatten the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with raw sugar or colored sprinkles.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.

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Bread and Butterflies

Ok, so this one is a little out of place. I’m combining two recipes. In the Walrus and the Carpenter section, the Carpenter makes some bread to go with the oysters,

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

and later on, we see some wonderful, punny creatures, bread and butterflies. So here is the recipe for the bread, and then how to make the bread and butterflies. We weren’t exactly successful in making the bread and butterflies, but it was fun to try.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Bread and Butterflies

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
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Ingredients:
4 cups white flour plus extra for dusting
7 grams fast-action dried yeast (one packet)
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups lukewarm water (give or take a little)
a little oil for greasing
  1. Make the dough by tipping the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and making a well in the middle.
  2. Pour in most of the water and use your fingers or a wooden spoon to mix the flour and water together until combined to a slightly wet, pillowy, workable dough – add a splash more water if necessary.
  3. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 10 mins until smooth and elastic.
  4. This can also be done in a tabletop mixer with a dough hook.
  5. Place the dough in a clean oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise until doubled in size.
  6. Heat oven to 430F/220C/fan 200C/gas 7.
  7. Knock back the dough by tipping it back onto a floured surface and pushing the air out.
  8. Mould the dough into a football ball shape that will fit a 900g loaf tin and place in the tin.
  9. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 30 mins.
  10. Dust the top of the loaf with a little more flour and slash the top with a sharp knife if you want.
  11. Bake the bread for 15 mins, then reduce the heat to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and continue to bake for 30 mins until the loaf sounds hollow when removed from the tin and tapped on the base.
  12. Leave the bread on a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. The loaf will stay fresh in an airtight container for 3 days or can be frozen for 1 month

Bread and Butterfly

  1. Get a pipe cleaner and fold it in half.
  2. Twist the ends together, but leave them seperated a bit to make antenna.
  3. Take a piece of bread and roll it over the pipe cleaner.
  4. Wet the edge of the bed so it sticks to itself in the roll.
  5. Slice 2 more pieces of bread for wings.
  6. Stick toothpicks in the bottom of the bread.
  7. Stick the wings into the body.
  8. Put honey at the top of the body and attach 2 googley eyes.
  9. Spread butter on the wings.

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Little Oysters on a Half-shell

The Walrus and the Carpenter is a pretty messed up story. They eat little baby oysters. Now, people do that all the time, but these were cute anthropomorphic little oysters. The carpenter goes into what he’s putting into the sauce to eat with the oysters. It turns out he was probably describing a mignonette. So I found a good recipe and made it with the raw oysters. Both me and my wife aren’t fond of oysters, but we stomached them anyway.

Little Oysters on a Half-shell

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Oysters

10-20 Oysters
Crushed Ice or rock salt

Mignonette

1 tablespoon coarsely ground white or black peppercorn (vary amount according to taste)
1/2 cup white wine vinegar (I used red, but white would be more accurate)
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots or sweet onions
1 tsp Ground mustard seed
salt to taste

 

 

 

 

Oysters

  1. Clean the oysters really well under running water with a course brush. Dirt is everywhere, so be sure to scrub, especially around the hinge
  2. Insert a butter knife as far into the hinge as possible.
  3. Rock the knife gently up and down as you push the knife further into the oyster
  4. The oyster will finally open.
  5. Detach it from the top and bottom of the shell, but leave it in the bottom.
  6. Place in crushed ice or rock salt.

Mignonette

  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Chill for at least an hour.
  3. Serve with the Oysters


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A Mad Unbirthday Cake

This was another fun recipe. When Alice meets the Mad Hatter, he gives her an unbirthday cake.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We know what the outside looks like, but there was no way of knowing what the inside was because it explodes into a firework. So, it being wonderland, we had to do something interesting, so we made a multicolored cake!

A Mad Unbirthday Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1 box white (vanilla) cake mix
food coloring
2 cartons pink frosting
water **according to cake package
egg white **according to cake package
oil **according to cake package
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, add vanilla and milk.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Separate into 3 bowls.
  4. Dye each bowlful a different color.
  5. Pour batter into three 9″ cake pans that have been greased and floured.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely.
  8. Cut into cakes with 3″ and 6″ rings starting in the center (this will make it look like a target).
  9. Take the largest ring of one color, the 6″ ring of another color, and the 3″ center piece of the last color and put them together.
  10. This creates a new bottom layer.
  11. Frost.
  12. Continue to do this for all 3 layers.
  13. When you cut into the cake it will make a checkered pattern.
  14. Use pink frosting and white icing. Put one “trick” candle on top.
  15. Merry Unbirthday!

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Edible White Chocolate Plate

Another fun recipe. We see the mad hatter dip his saucer into his tea and take a bite out of it.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Now, I wasn’t too keen on ingesting glass, so I decided to make an edible saucer. I went through a few different possibilities. I thought about making sugar glass, but I wasn’t sure how to make it white. Then I thought, why not make it out of white chocolate, that’s already white.

I found a tutorial on how to make a mold. And made one for a plate. Note: I didn’t use nearly enough silicone. I would say use between 20-30 oz, not 10 like I did.

Edible White Chocolate Plate

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Hard
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Ingredients:
1 Package white chocolate chips
 3 10oz tubes Silicone
1/2 c dish soap
 64 oz water
  1. Follow the instructions here to make a mold of a plate
  2. Melt the white chocolate chips either in the microwave, on the stove or double boiler.
  3. Pour the melted white chocolate into the mold.
  4. Chill for 1-2 hrs
  5. Remove from mold and there you have your saucer..

 

 

 

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Mushroom to Help you Grow Big and Strong

Another thing Alice eats on the trust of others. The caterpillar just tells her to eat a mushroom when around 50% are inedible, 20% are toxic and 1% are deadly (Not sure if this is a credible source).

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

But lucky Alice, she didn’t die, just grew really big again.

Mushroom to Help you Grow Big and Strong

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Get a mushroom. Steam it in a steamer. Eat it. (You can put some salt or something on it)

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Will it Send you Down the Rabbit Hole?

Not the absolute tastiest movie, but one of the funnest cooks. I loved being able to try and figure out the different ways to make some of the stuff.

The Drink Me was interesting. It was fun being able to go through all the flavors. The cake and the cookies were probably the best part.

If you like oysters, then maybe you’ll like the oysters and mignonette, I dunno.

The edible plate was a good idea in concept, but for some reason, I couldn’t get the chocolate to melt right and I didn’t have enough silicone to make a full plate mold. If I had gotten it melted right, and had more silicone, I think it would have turned out better

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Verdict:

Drink Me – 7/10 (Cherry) 8/10 (Custard) 8/10 (Pineapple) 4/10 (Roast Turkey)

Eat Me Sugar Cookies – 9/10

Bread and Butterfly – 7/10

Oysters – 5/10 (Raw Oysters), 3/10 (Boiled Oysters) 7/10 (Mignonette)

Unbirthday Cake – 9/10

Edible Plate – 6/10

Mushroom – 6/10 (Would be better with seasoning)

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