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The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh – HONEY!, Hero Cake, Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam, Succotash, Wheat Bread

Quick links: Honey! | Hero Cake | Hero Cookies | Wheat Bread | Succotash | Verdict


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I’m so rumbly in my tumbly. Time to munch an early luncheon. Haha. I had forgotten how clever and witty Winnie the Pooh was. I was smiling the whole time and it really brightened my wife’s mood. Of course, when you think of Pooh bear, you automatically think of honey. I love honey. So this week was amazing for me.

Honey!!!!!

Pooh loves his honey. Here’s some honey!

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Honey!!!

  • Servings: Honey
  • Time: honey?
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1 Honey Honey
3 Honeys With Honey
Honey to taste
  1. Stick your hand in honey pot or bee hive
  2. EAT EAT EAT!

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Pooh’s Hero Cake

At the end of the flood, Pooh erroneously gets made into a hero for eating honey out of a pot while he floated down the river. Graciously, Pooh let little Piglet  join in later in the movie. Even though Piglet was the real hero.  It amazes me how loving and unassuming all the characters are.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

My wife wanted to try this soda cake recipe. Since we don’t really know what kind of cake Christopher Robin and friends are eating (other than it was pink with chocolate frosting), we decided to make it.

Pooh's Hero Cake

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 Box White Cake Mix
1 Can Strawberry Soda
1.5 containers Chocolate Frosting
  1. Place cake mix in the bowl. Don’t add any of the ingredients mentioned on the box.
  2. Mix in strawberry soda
  3. Put into baking pans and bake as instructed on box
  4. Let cool and then frost with chocolate frosting

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Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam

Along with the Hero Cake, there were some cookies with jam centers.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 cup Butter
2/3 cup Sugar
 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup Jam for the centers
  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Beat in extract
  3. Gradually blend in flour
  4. Cover and refrigerate for an hour
  5. Roll into one-inch balls and place one inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet
  6. With the end of a wooden spoon make a indention in the ball and fill with jam
  7. I have used Variety of jams and jellies Raspberry being the best! but Apricot is yummmie too, along with apple, blackberry, blueberry the possibilities are endless.
  8. Bake at 350 for 14 to 18 minute.

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Rabbit’s Wheat Bread

Pooh invades Rabbit’s house to get something to eat. Rabbit offers Pooh some bread with condensed milk or honey. Pooh responds “Honey please, but no bread” Oh silly bear.

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(Credit: Disney)

But we made some wheat bread like rabbit and tried eating it with honey AND condensed milk

Rabbit's Wheat Bread

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 2 hr 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups Hot water
1/3 cup olive oil
 1/3 cup honey
2 tbs molasses
1 tbs salt
7 1/2 cups wheat flour
2 tbs dry active yeast
  1. Place the first five ingredients in the bowl and mix.
  2. Add: 2 Cups 100% Whole Grain Wheat Flour. (to cool the water and end up with warm dough) Mix then add 2 Tbs of Dry Active Yeast. If your not sure about your yeast proof it in a little warm water first.
  3. Add: 4 Cups of 100% Whole Grain Wheat Flour.
  4. Mix until the consistency is some what even. Then continue to slowly add flour 1/2 Cup at a time until the dough quits sticking to the sides of the bowl. It should be tacky to the touch. The trick is to have enough consistency to stand up with the least amount of flour so the bread will be fluffy. It will most likely be 6 1/2 cups but in any case do not exceed 7 1/2 cups of wheat flour. You can trade one cup of wheat flour for one cup of all purpose white if you wish. Don’t over mix or the bread will be tough.
  5. When your dough is finished, leave it in the mixer, cover the bowl and let it rise for about 30-45 minutes. The dough will be larger but it doesn’t need to double.
  6. Grease two bread pans with Crisco. You can also flour the pans to reduce sticking.
  7. Mix the dough again just enough to knock it down at least close to the original size.
  8. Drop the dough on a floured surface so you can work the dough and shape it. Shape it with your hands to make a nice ball getting enough flour on it so it isn’t sticky. Divide the ball in half and do it again. Shape the loaves by turning the dough under it’s self over and over. When the dough is shaped the sides and ends will be sealed and all you will see is a nice oblong shaped loaf with smooth sides and top. Drop the loaves in your bread pans and let them rise until almost doubled. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 36 minutes. If you forgot to preheat 41 minutes. (gas oven).
  9. When done turn the bread out of the pan to a rack to cool. You can eat it right away (a great time for real butter) don’t wrap it until completely cooled. (Condensation will make it soggy) Put in tinfoil to store on the counter. If you put it in the refrigerator it will turn into a brick. Enjoy.

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Gopher’s Ssssssssuccotash

Pooh gets fat and gets stuck in Rabbit’s hole. Gopher is hired to get him out. In the middle of the night he appears with a mighty fine lunch. Summer squash, Summer salad, succotash, and honey.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Since summer squash and summer salad are pretty straightforward, and we already covered honey, we made some succotash. I had never really known what it was. It actually is a pretty tasty side.

Gopher's Ssssssssuccotash

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 cup butter
2 cups fresh or frozen lima beans
 1/2 teaspoon salt
4 fresh tomatos
2 teaspoons white sugar
3.5 cups corn
  1. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in lima beans and salt, and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan heat tomatoes, sugar and remaining 1/2 cup butter.
  3. Cook until tomatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Stir tomatoes into lima beans and add corn; cook 10 minutes more.

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Will it Stop the Rumbly in your Tumbly?

I love Winnie the Pooh. The show was so great and the food was tasty. I could probably just eat all the honey just like him. The cake had a nice twist. The bread was nice and moist and tasted great with honey and not as good with condensed milk, but still good. The cookies were nibbly numbly. The succotash was something I didn’t expect. It made for a great side. I might make it more often.

Verdict:

Honey – 15/10
Hero Cake – 8/10
Hero Cookies – 9/10
Wheat bread – 8/10
Succotash – 7.5/10

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Sword in the Stone – Shortbread Cookies, Turkey Leg, Water Strider, Roast Pig, Honey Cake

Quick links: Shortbread Cookies | Turkey Leg | Water Strider | Full Roast Pig | Honey Cake | Verdict

I think Sword in the Stone is one of the least plot driven movies in the Disney Universe. Arthur (Wart) basically has fun with Merlin until he randomly pulls out the sword and is king. End movie. It’s a fun movie though…although, it doesn’t have much food. 

By Merlin’s Tea and Cookies!

The first food shown is when Arthur falls into Merlin’s place. He has some tea and cookies ready for him.

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(Credit: Disney)

I wanted to make digestive cookies, because I really like those. However, I don’t think they existed in the 14th century. So I found a great recipe for shortbread cookies!

By Merlin's Tea and Cookies!

  • Servings: 20-30
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup Butter
2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  1. Cream butter & add sugar gradually.
  2. Mix in almond flavoring.
  3. Cream thoroughly.
  4. Add flour 1/4 cup at a time.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Divide dough into several portions.
  7. Flatten one portion at a time on lightly floured surface with hands.
  8. Roll out smooth with lightly floured rolling pin.
  9. Cut into desired shapes & place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  10. Bake at 325°F for 10-15 minutes until golden brown around edges.

Source: http://www.food.com/recipe/shortbread-cookies-70641

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Kay’s Turkey Leg

Keeping with the medieval times, Sir Kay is shown devouring a turkey leg.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I have made full turkeys before and didn’t want to make another, so I went to my supermarket and bought a pack of turkey legs. They were fun to cook and actually tasted better than the turkey legs you get at Disney parks (heresy, I know)

Kay's Turkey Leg

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 Turkey Legs
4 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 teaspoon Basil
1/2 cup Chicken Stock
Salt/Pepper to taste
  1.  Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Soften the butter
  3. Coat the legs in butter
  4. Coat the legs in spices
  5. Place drumsticks in baking dish with chicken stock
  6. Cook in oven for about an hour or until legs reach a temp of 180F

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I JUST ATE A BUG!

I’m going to be a disappointment here. When Arthur is a fish, his fishy instincts gain hold of him and he eats a water strider perched on top of the moat.

I went out a few times to search bodies of water in hopes to catch a water strider and eat it, but I wasn’t able to find one (but I did get attacked by mosquitos). If I ever find one, I’ll cook it up and eat it.

Roast Pig

Part of a meal shown in the movie was a full roasted pig.

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They also show some ham and stuff, but of course, we’ve made that stuff before.

This was another kinda cop-out. I don’t have the resources to cook a full pig on a spit. However, there is a restaurant kinda near me in Chicago called Sun-Wah BBQ. They often have full roasted pigs hanging in the window.

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So I went there and ordered some roast pig. It was delicious.

But if you so desire to roast a pig on a spit, you can find directions at this site.

Honey Cake

Along with the roast pig, there is some kind of domed cake.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I wasn’t sure what it was, but after some research, I decided that Honey Cake was a popular medieval dish, so I made that. It didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, but it was still tasty, albeit very sweet.

Honey Cake

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:

Cake

3 Eggs
3/4 cup Honey
1  cup Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt

Frosting

2/3 cup Honey
1 Extra Large Egg White
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (or 325 if using a glass bowl)
  2. Beat the eggs until extra frothy.
  3. Gradually add most of the honey to let mixture thicken.
  4. Fold in flour and pour mixture in a small cake tin. (I used a pyrex glass bowl to get the dome effect.)
  5. Cook for 45m-1hr. Use a toothpick to see if the middle has cooked
  6. Remove from heat
  7. Add honey frosting on top.

Frosting

  1. Warm honey in a saucepan on low
  2. Combine the whites, salt and vanilla.
  3. Beat with a mixer on slow speed until the whites stiffen
  4. Pour the honey into the mixture
  5. Beat for 10 minutes on high until the mixture stiffens again

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Will it make you King of England?

This week wasn’t the best overall week for food. The drumsticks were delicious and the shortbread cookies were tasty.

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I thought the honey cake was too sweet and I didn’t get to eat the water strider (though that might have been a good thing.)

Verdict:

Shortbread Cookies – 9/10

Turkey Leg – 9/10

Water Strider – ?/10 – Sorry to disappoint 😦

Roast Pig – 9/10

Honey Cake – 7/10

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Sleeping Beauty – Cake with no wands & Cake with wands, Strawberye, Bread Pudding, Gingersnaps, Hippocras (Spiced Wine), Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Almond Rolls with jelly, Pistachio-Almond Rice Pudding, Berry cake with Lemon Icing.

Quick links: Gingersnaps | Strawberye/a> | Bread Pudding | Hippocras | Brussel Sprouts | Almond Roll | Rice Pudding | Sweet Potatoes | Cherry Berry Cake | Cake with and without wands | Verdict

My last encounter with the Sleeping Beauty universe was Maleficent. While the movie itself was entertaining, I hated that it completely ruined one of the greatest villains of all time. She was basically the devil-herself. She reveled in evil. She didn’t secretly watch after Aurora, and develop a bond for her. Her motive was revenge and hate.
Now that I got that out of my system, food isn’t a huge part of this movie. The most notable food in sleeping beauty is the horrendous cake Fauna tried to make. However, you may remember the feast the kings stand by when they drink and sing their “Skumps” song. We skipped over the ham, fish and the turkey that was shown in that scene, for those recipes, see Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Pinocchio, and Make Mine Music.

Merryweather Gingersnaps

The first food shown was soon after the first encounter with Maleficent (the actual evil one, not the Angelina Jolie look-alike). They are debating what to do with Aurora and Merryweather conjures tea and gingersnaps out of the air.

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These were easy to make and delicious. Our dog loved them too.

Merryweather Gingersnaps

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 30 min (+ chilling time)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 Extra Large Egg
1/3 cup dark molasses
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make the dough. You can do this part up to three days in advance.

  1. SIFT the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. PLACE the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. SWITCH the mixer to low speed and gradually add the egg, molasses and vanilla extract. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth.
  4. SWITCH the mixer to low speed and add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, pulsing the mixer to incorporate each addition before adding the next one.
  5. TURN the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead a few times to incorporate any crumbs.
  6. DIVIDE the dough in half. Roll each half into a log about 1½ inches in diameter and 12 inches long. As you roll, gently push the ends toward the center to prevent air pockets and to keep the logs at an even thickness.
  7. WRAP the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days.

Bake the cookies.

  1. PREHEAT the oven to 400°F. Line the bottoms of two 12″ x 18″ sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. REMOVE the logs from the refrigerator and unwrap them. Using a ruler and a sharp knife, cut each log into rounds ¼ inch thick. If the dough crumbles as you cut it, reshape each slice.
  3. PLACE the rounds on the prepared pans, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake on the middle shelves of the oven, rotating the pans 180° halfway through the baking time, until the cookies are set but soft enough to hold a slight indentation when pressed with a fingertip (about 7 to 10 minutes).
  4. LET cool completely on the pans on wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Yield: 50-60 2-inch cookies.

Source: http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cookies/cookies2/ginger-snaps-recipe.asp

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The Medieval Feast for Kings

Now onto the feast for the kings. It is really hard to identify lots of the food on the table. If anyone can tell what a certain food is, let me know and I’ll remake it. We scoured over a bunch of medieval recipes to try to find foods that fit. Even if they aren’t the exact food, it was really fun making some authentic 14th century food.

Strawberye

The first food is a dish of purple stuff on the far left.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I found a recipe for a food called Strawberye. It’s a fruity dish that’s kinda a mix between a jelly and pudding. I really enjoyed it.

Strawberye

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 cups strawberries
1 cup red wine
1 cup almond milk
tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup Mixed berries
pinch saffron
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/8 teaspoons pepper
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Clean and quarter strawberries.
  2. Simmer them in red wine until soft.
  3. Force berries and wine through a strainer to remove seeds and pulp.
  4. Add almond milk, currants, and spices, and return to low boil.
  5. Add in corn starch and stir until thick.
  6. Remove from heat, garnish with pomegranate seeds if desired, and serve warm.

Source: http://medievalcookery.com/recipes/strawberye.html

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Bread Pudding

One of these white dishes could be bread pudding which was popular in the medieval times.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I made a mistake and used rolls to make it. The extra crusts make the pudding too tough. It still tasted good.

Bread Pudding

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
4 slices thick bread
1 cup red wine
1/2 cups honey
1/4 cup raisins or other dried fruits
1/8 cup sugar
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Ground coriander and sugar (optional)
  1. Lightly toast the bread (the original recipe says to fry it – you can toast it any way you wish).
  2. Meanwhile, beat the egg white into the wine.
  3. Add raisins, honey, sugar, and spices and set to simmer on the stovetop.
  4. Simmer until the raisins plump and you can mush them with you whisk or spoon.
  5. Add the toasted bread (you may need to break it in half).
  6. Smash the bread into the syrup and let sit until the bread absorbs all the liquid.
  7. Serve in a dish and sprinkle with coriander/sugar.

Source (changed to my liking): http://www.greneboke.com/recipes/paynefoundewe.shtml

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Hippocras for the Bard

During the Kings’ talk, they call in a servant to bring them wine.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I initially wasn’t going to bother with this, because I made the decision not to include alcohol in this blog, but I found a recipe for Hippocras or Spiced Wine, which was non-alcoholic. It had a very Christmas-y flavor to it.

Hippocras for the Bard

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 45 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 quart Grape Juice
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 inch fresh ginger
1-2 stick cinnamon
1 medium rosemary sprig
1/2 whole nutmeg, chunk
  1. Combine all ingredients in a two quart saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Simmer mixture until it is reduced by half.
  4. Strain mixture through fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove spice pieces. (Alternately, you might put all the spices into a cheesecloth or muslin spice bag at the start.).
  5. Mix the resultant syrup with water, to taste.

Source (changed to my liking): http://www.food.com/recipe/hippocras-non-alcoholic-157091

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Surprisingly Good Brussel Sprouts

I’ve never been a fan of brussel sprouts, so when I saw a dish that was most-likely brussel sprouts on the table (toward the right side), I was half-tempted to lie and say it was something else.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

But I succumbed and found a recipe that made some surprisingly good brussel sprouts!

Surprisingly Good Brussel Sprouts

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1-1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, halved, stems and ragged outer leaves removed
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
teaspoons honey
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons olive oil, kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the brussels sprouts to baking sheet and roast, stirring occasionally to ensure even browning, until tender and caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  4. Place brussels sprouts back in bowl. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey and toss to coat evenly. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, then serve.

Source: http://www.onceuponachef.com/2009/11/roasted-brussels-sprouts.html

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Almond Rolls with jelly

This one was kind of a cheat. In the scene, there are a few bowls that have a rolled up pastry of some sort in them. (See the left hand side of the screen)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I had a really hard time figuring out what they were. I did find a recipe for Almond Rolls that were popular in the middle ages. So I made those. I didn’t style them exactly to how it showed in the movie. So they might not be exactly what was shown. They were delicious none-the-less

Almond Rolls with jelly

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cups almond paste
1 1/2 cups 1-1/2 water divided
2/3 cups all-purpose flour (plus some for dusting)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoons salt
4 large eggs
1  teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar, divided
2/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare cake, combine granulated sugar and almond paste in a blender or food processor; process until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Coat a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with wax paper. Coat paper well with cooking spray. Dust with 2 teaspoons flour; set aside.
  4. Lightly spoon remaining 2/3 cup flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  5. Place eggs in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy (about 4 minutes).
  6. Gradually add granulated sugar mixture and vanilla, beating at medium speed until smooth (about 3 minutes).
  7. Sift half of flour mixture over egg mixture; fold in. Repeat procedure with remaining flour mixture.
  8. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
  9. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center.
  10. Loosen cake from sides of pan, and turn out onto a dishtowel dusted with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar; carefully peel off wax paper.
  11. Sprinkle cake with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar; cool 1 minute. Starting at narrow end, roll up cake and towel together.
  12. Place, seam side down, on a wire rack; cool completely (about 30 minutes).
  13. Unroll cake carefully; remove towel. Spread jam over cake, leaving a 1/2-inch margin around the outside edges. Reroll cake; place, seam side down, on a platter.

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/almond-jelly-roll-with-raspberry-filling

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Pistachio-Almond Rice Pudding

Another one of the white, greenish dishes.

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(Credit: Disney)

Rice pudding was popular in the middle ages too. However, their rice pudding was more of a sweet rice.

Pistachio-Almond Rice Pudding

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup rice
2 1/2 cups water
pinch saffron
1/8 cups sugar
1/4 cup rose water
2 1/2 tablespoons almonds, crushed
2 1/2 tablespoons pistachios, crushed
  1. Wash the rice several times and soak in water to cover for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, stir in the rice and cook over low heat, partially covered, for 25 minutes.
  3. Stir in the sugar, saffron, rose water and almonds. For instructions on how to make rose water, see here.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Fold in pistachios.
  6. Serve cold.

Source (changed to my liking): http://www.godecookery.com/friends/frec63.htm

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Sweet Potatoes

Sitting by the turkey were some potatoes.

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(Credit: Disney)

Due to their shape, we deduced that they were sweet potatoes. So my wife made some amazing baked sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 70 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
4 Potatoes
Olive Oil to coat
salt to coat
  1.  Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. Stab the potatoes to let in air
  3. Dress the potatoes with olive oil and kosher salt
  4. Bake for 1 hr
  5. Serve with butter

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Purple-ish Berry Cake

This was another recipe that I wasn’t quite sure on. There were little purple cakes that had cherries on top.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

My wife found a recipe for a cherry cake that worked out well. I added some berries in it to give it a purplish color. I should have colored the icing on top too, but I failed to do so, sorry.

Purple-ish Berry Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Easy-medium
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Ingredients:

Cake

10 oz Maraschino cherries
1 cup self-raising flour
1 1/2 cups 1-1/2 water divided
3.5 tablespoons softened butter, plus extra for greasing
3/4 cups caster sugar
1 lemon, finely grated zest only
2 oz ground almonds
1/2 cup mixed berries
3 Large Eggs

Icing

1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 Lemon, juice only
5 maraschino cherries, halved
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease a 23cm/9in bundt tin or savarin mould with butter.
  2. Cut the cherries into quarters. Set aside five of the cherries (halved) for the decoration later.
  3. Measure all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for two minutes to mix thoroughly.
  4. Lightly fold in the cherries.
  5. Turn into the prepared tin.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until well risen, and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out and cool on a wire rack.
  8. For the icing, mix the icing sugar together with the lemon juice to a thick paste.
  9. Drizzle over the cooled cake using the back of a spoon, place the reserved cherries.

Source (changed to my liking): http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/marys_cherry_cake_17869

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Fauna’s Magical and Non-Magical cakes

Finally, this is the main edible attraction to the movie. On Aurora’s birthday, the fairies want to throw her a surprise party. They try (unsuccessfully) to prepare it without magic. Probably the most humorous attempt is Fauna’s cake. It looks ridiculous and starts to fall over.

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(Credit: Disney)

She even gives a partial recipe as she makes it. After the fairies fail miserably, Merryweather decides to go get their wands. Fauna then makes a great cake.

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(Credit: Disney)

The recipe she gives is slightly different when she directs the ingredients to make the cake themselves. I kind of combined both recipes shown and made 2 mini-cakes out of it. One was a leaning cake tower which actually burnt in the oven, so it was as failed as Fauna’s first attempt and the other was a nice-looking 3-tiered cake.

Recipe 1

  • Servings: X
  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: XXXX
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Ingredients:
3 cups Flour
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 package yeast
1 teaspoons salt
1 cup sugar (plus 1 tsp for the yeast)
4 tablespoons butter
frosting
  1. Stir the yeast and 1 teaspoon of the sugar into 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the flour, remaining sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the yeast, milk, nutmeg and eggs and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the butter and beat vigorously until the batter is silky.
  5. Scrape down the sides, then cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes
  6. Lightly butter a 9-inch tart pan or cake pan.
  7. Stir down the dough, turn it onto a lightly floured counter and gently shape it into a disk.
  8. Set it in the pan and flatten it with your hands.
  9. Rub the softened butter all over the top, then cover with the sugar, using all of it. Let rise for 30 minutes. during the last 15 minutes, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  10. Bake the cake in the center of the oven until well risen and the sugar has begun to melt and brown, about 20-25 minutes.
  11. The surface should be covered with cracks.
  12. When done, let it cool
  13. Frost when completely cool

Source (directions only, ingredients taken from movie): http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/yeasted-sugar-cake-14995

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Will it Give Your Worst Enemy a Touching Backstory?

I was very happy with all the meals made. My favorite were the Gingersnaps and the Almond Roll. But you can’t go wrong with any of the meals. I’d eat any one of them rather than watch Maleficent any day!

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Verdict:

Gingersnaps – 10/10

Strawberye- 8/10

Bread Pudding – 8/10

Brussel Sprouts – 8/10

Almond Roll- 10/10

Cherry Berry Cake – 10/10

Sweet Potatoes – 8/10

Almond-Pistachio Rice Pudding – 7/10

Hippocras – 8/10

Cake – 9/10,  Burnt Cake – 6/10

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Lady and the Tramp – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Breadsticks, Donuts and Coffee, Rib-eye and Mushy Peas, and Wedding Cake

Quick links: Wedding Cake | DonutsRibeye and Mushy Peas | Spaghetti and Meatballs | Breadsticks | Verdict

Probably one of the most famous Disney food scenes out of all of the animated movies. The spaghetti kiss. We tried recreating the famous scene, but our dog wasn’t as willing as Lady. All-in-all, Lady and the Tramp had a good haul of food. And our greyhound loved the food too.

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Passed-up Wedding Cake (with fondant)

Toward the start of the movie, Tramp was looking for a good place to eat, before settling on Tony’s. One of the options is a cake shop.

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(Credit: Disney)

We have made lots of cake throughout this blog, but never a wedding cake. So we made a delicious wedding cake, with fondant and everything

Wedding Cake and Fondant

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 50 min (overnight fondant setup)
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
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Ingredients:

Cake

1 package (18 ounce) betty crocker white cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3 whole eggs (even for white cakes)
1 cup water
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond emulsion (stronger than flavoring) (or 2 teaspoons almond extract)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Fondant

1 package (16 ounces) white mini marshmallows (use a good quality brand)
2 5 tablespoons water
2 pounds (about 8 cups) sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

Cake

  1. In a bowl, mix 1st 3 ingredients. (see notes below) Set aside.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in mixer bowl then add the dry.
  3. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until dry ingredients are incorporated; mix at medium 2 minutes.
  4. This makes 1 & 1/2 times the usual batter than a ‘straight’ cake mix. It will fill one of the following pans: 8″ sq; 12″ round; 9x13x2; OR one 10″ and 6″ round.
  5. Pour into pan(s) and bake as you usually do. I prefere to bake at 300 degrees F. for 20 minutes, then turn oven up to 325 degrees F. for an equal time OR until you can smell cake If it has pulled away from the edges of the pan it is *over done*. You should have a flat cake that won’t (usually) need leveling & is not sticky on the top when it cools.

Special NOTES:.

  1. There is NO oil, butter or margarine in this recipe.
  2. Use large eggs.
  3. If almond extract (not emulsion) is used, add 2 teaspoons or to taste.
  4. Can use ANY cake flavor.
  5. Flavorings can change depending on cake flavor you use. Try a combination of 1 part vanilla, 1/2 part butter flavoring and 1/4 part almond.
  6. It is important to mix the dry ingredients well especially if using a chocolate mix or you will have white spots in the finished cake. I use a wire whisk.

Fondant

  1. To make marshmallow fondant, place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving 30 seconds more; stir again. Continue until melted (about 2 1/2 minutes).
  2. Place 3/4 of the confectioners’ sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture. Fold sugar into marshmallow mixture. Flavoring can be added at this point if desired. Place solid vegetable shortening in easily accessed bowl so you can reach into it with fingers as you are working. Grease hands and counter GENEROUSLY; turn marshmallow mixture onto counter. Start kneading like you would dough. Continue kneading, adding additional confectioners’ sugar and re-greasing hands and counter so the fondant doesn’t stick. If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8 minutes.
  3. It’s best to allow Marshmallow Fondant to sit, double-wrapped, overnight. Prepare the fondant for storing by coating with a thin layer of solid vegetable shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in resealable bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. Marshmallow Fondant will keep well in refrigerator for several weeks.
  4. When not working with fondant, make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or in a bag to prevent it from drying out. When ready to use, knead fondant until smooth. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick.
  5. To color fondant: If you need to tint the entire batch of fondant, add a little icing color to the melted marshmallow mixture before adding confectioners’ sugar. For smaller amounts of tinted fondant, add icing color to portions of fondant as needed.

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Donuts and Coffee for your pooch

Disclaimer: DO NOT feed your dog donuts and coffee. Caffeine is toxic to dogs. But that didn’t stop Jim Dear. While having his morning coffee and donut, he decided to give Miss Lady some.

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(Credit: Disney)

Even though it’s a bad breakfast for dogs, it’s a perfectly good breakfast for humans. We found a great donut recipe that fits the time period of the movie well.

Early 1900's Donuts

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup sweet (aka whole) milk
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
lard or oil, for frying
extra flour
  1. One egg, one cup of sugar, two tablespoons of butter, beaten together till creamy.
  2. Add one cup of sweet milk, a pinch of salt, two teaspoons of baking powder stirred into two cups of flour*.
  3. Add one-half teaspoon of ginger and one-fourth teaspoon of nutmeg to the flour.
  4. Beat well, roll out about one-fourth of an inch thick.
  5. Cut out all the cakes before beginning to fry.
  6. Cook in deep fat that will fry a small walnut-sized ball of the dough in about sixty-five seconds.
  7. Do not let the fat get above that degree of heat.

*NOTE: I don’t know if I messed up the recipe or what, but I had to add about double the flour asked for. The dough was too sticky to shape so I just added more flour until I could shape the donuts to fry, which I used 2 different sized lids to make the circle shape and the circle hole.

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Lady’s Rib-eye Steak and Mushy Peas

:Poor Lady didn’t get a chance to eat the juicy steak she envisioned.

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(Credit: Disney)

and instead got a face-full of mushy peas

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(Credit: Disney)

Even though Lady wasn’t a fan of the peas, our greyhound loved them.

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For the Rib-eye steak. I salted the meat beforehand, and then threw it on the grill until I got a medium-rare cook.  The mushy peas recipe is as follows.

Mushy Peas

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (10-ounce) package frozen green peas
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a shallow pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add frozen peas, and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Drain peas, and transfer to a blender or large food processor.
  4. Add cream, butter, salt and pepper to peas, and process until blended, but still thick with small pieces of peas.
  5. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve immediately.

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Tony’s Famous Kissing Spaghetti and Meatballs

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the famous spaghetti and meatballs. Its such a beautiful scene on a bella notte.

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(Credit: Disney)

We tried to recreate the scene with our dog, but Roxie wasn’t so sure about sitting at the table. We did manage to get a semi-decent picture.

Tony's Famous Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes undrained
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 1/2 cups 1-1/2 water divided
3 tablespoons grated onions
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons 1-1/2 dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 1/4 teaspoons 1-1/4 salt divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic divided
3/4 teaspoon pepper divided
6 slices day-old bread torn into pieces
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 pound ground beef
hot cooked spaghetti
additional parmesan cheese optional
  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, onion, sugar, oregano, bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, garlic and pepper. (NOTE: I’d also add some crushed red peppers)
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/4 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, soak bread in remaining water. Squeeze out excess moisture.
  5. NOTE: I’d skip on the soaked bread and add 2 cups of bread crumbs and 1/4 cup milk
  6. In a large bowl, combine the bread, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining salt, garlic and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  7. Shape into thirty-six 1-1/2-in. meatballs.
  8. Place meatballs on a rack in a shallow baking pan.
  9. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until no longer pink; drain.
  10. Transfer to spaghetti sauce.
  11. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  12. Discard bay leaf.
  13. Serve with spaghetti with additional Parmesan if desired.

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Tony’s Breadsticks

Accompanying the spaghetti is a bowl of breadsticks. Mary had made this recipe before, so we decided it would be good. However, when I made it, the bread turned out too sweet. I’m not sure why. So just a forewarning while making it, maybe add a little less sugar.

Tony's Bread Sticks

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 50 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1.5 cups Water
1 pkg. Yeast
1.5 Tbs Sugar
3 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
  1. Mix ingredients
  2. Knead for 3 mins.
  3. Let raise for 10 mins
  4. Roll out on parchment paper to the size of a cookie sheet.
  5. Cut into 1.5 in strips
  6. Spread with butter
  7. add garlic, salt and Parmesan cheese on top
  8. Let rest for 10 mins
  9. Bake at 350F for 20 mins

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Will you call it a bella pasto (beautiful meal)?

Overall the recipes were good. I was a little tired and out of it when making the spaghetti and meatballs. I would have made the meatballs a bit spicier if I were on my game, and probably used bread crumbs as opposed to soggy bread. But they still turned out pretty good.

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The donuts and hot chocolate were a great pairing. Part of a balanced breakfast.

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And the cake was amazing. We got lots of compliments on that. I highly recommend it.

Verdict:

Wedding Cake – 10/10

Donuts – 8/10, Donuts dipped in hot chocolate 9/10

Rib-eye Steak – 9/10

Mushy Peas – 7/10

Spaghetti and Meatballs – 7/10

Breadsticks – 6/10

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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.

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(Credit: Disney)

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(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
  • Time: 60 min
  • 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.

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(Credit: Disney)

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

Eat Me Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: 4 dozen
  • Time: 30 min
  • 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,

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(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.

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(Credit: Disney)

Bread and Butterflies

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 2 hr
  • 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
  • Time: 1 hr
  • 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.

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(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
  • Time: 40 min
  • 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
  • Time: 2 hr
  • 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).

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(Credit: Disney)

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

Mushroom to Help you Grow Big and Strong

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 10 min
  • 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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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad – Tea & Crumpets, Turkey, Roast Quail, Raspberry Pie, Donuts, Ham, Red Velvet Cake, Cherry Cupcakes, Rolls, Corn on the Cob, Biscuits, Summer Pudding, German Chocolate Cupcakes, Roast Beef Sandwich, Pecan Shortbread, Hardboiled Egg, Mashed Potatoes

Quick links: Tea & Crumpets | Roast Turkey | Roast Quail | Raspberry Pie | Donuts | Baked Ham | Red Velvet Cake | Cherry Cupcakes | Sweet Rolls | Corn on the Cob | Biscuits | Summer Pudding | German Chocolate Cupcakes | Roast Beef Sandwich | Pecan Shortbread | Hardboiled Egg | Mashed Potatoes | Verdict

The main mystery of Ichabod Crane is not how the headless horseman came to be, but how he can stay so skinny. He must have the metabolism of a hummingbird (which eat 1.5x-3x their weight each day). He is eating in almost every scene of that movie, which caused a lot of cooking for us. To help decrease the amount of work and cost, anything shown in Ichabod Crane that had been shown in another Disney movie that we’ve done, or is a common food, we skipped. Sorry for skimping a little on this one, but it was a big ask.
Mr. Toad on the other hand only had the appetite for speed. There was hardly any food shown in that movie.
Even though both of these stories have fallen into the shadows of the Disney universe, they’re very enjoyable. I’m just mad that Disney World doesn’t have Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride anymore. Can’t they have both Winnie the Pooh and Mr. Toad?

Tea & Crumpets with a Rat

The only food shown in this wild ride is the classic tea and crumpets. I had never actually had crumpets before, but that is my go-to word when I’m trying to talk in a British accent (and failing). They actually taste like English Muffins. I think I made mine a little thick and didn’t cook them for long enough, so it was a little soft in the center. But it was still tasty.

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Tea & Crumpets with a Rat

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 90 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
450 grams strong plain flour sifted (1lb)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons fast-rising active dry yeast (1x7g sachet)
300 milliliters warm milk (1/2 pint)
300 milliliters warm water (1/2 pint)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
vegetable oil
  1.  Note – you will need 4 crumpet rings, or egg rings or 7.5cm (3in) plain pastry cutters, greased. I didn’t have any, so I folded a sheet of aluminum foil a few times and then made a ring.
  2. Place the flour and salt into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and yeast making a well in the centre.
  3. Pour in the warm milk and water and mix to give quite a thick batter.
  4. Beat well until completely combined and cover with a tea towel or cling film.
  5. Leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour until it’s a light, spongy texture.
  6. Stir well to knock out any air, add the bicarbonate of soda and pour into a large jug – mix well and allow to stand for a further 30 minutes.
  7. Heat a non-stick frying pan, or a greased griddle, over a very low heat with a drop of oil or butter.
  8. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper to remove excess oil/butter.
  9. Sit the greased crumpet rings in the pan and leave to heat up for a couple of minutes.
  10. Pour in enough mixture to fill the rings just over halfway up the sides. Leave to cook until lots of small holes appear on the surface and the batter has just dried out. This will take about 8-10 minutes.
  11. Remove the rings and turn over the crumpets to cook for a further minute or two on the other side. Sit the first batch of crumpets on a wire rack whilst continuing to cook the remaining crumpets.
  12. Serve the crumpets warm, generously buttered. If you are making crumpets in advance, then reheat them by toasting lightly on both sides before serving. (Prep time includes rising time for the yeast dough.).

Source: food.com

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Ichabod’s Turkey Addiction

I am amazed at how skinny Ichabod stays, judging by how much he eats. Towards the end of the movie, I began to wonder if he had a stomach parasite.

Ichabod’s main addiction is turkey (and other poultry. This is somewhat cannibalistic, because of his own bird-like qualities.

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We have made chicken in a couple of other movies like Pinocchio and Make Mine Music, so we just cooked a turkey. Luckily it was around Easter, so we got a good deal on a 22lbs turkey from our local grocery store! In the picture, it looks like there are chestnuts around the turkey. Chestnuts make a good turkey stuffing. Unfortunately, chestnuts weren’t in season and I couldn’t find a store that sold them. Luckily, Google said that pecans were a good chestnut substitute.

Ichabod's Turkey Addiction

  • Servings: 8+
  • Time: 5hr +
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:

Bird

1 Turkey
1.5lbs butter
2 tsp salt
Basil, rosemary, and parsley to taste

Stuffing

2 cups Chestnuts
1.5 cups Margarine
0.5 cup chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
 1 tsp basil
2 loaves day-old bread (cubed)
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk

Bird

  1. Remove neck and gibbets and do any other turkey prep needed.
  2. Rub salt all over turkey.
  3. Melt butter and rub all over turkey.
  4. Rub additional spices on turkey.
  5. Stuff with stuffing.
  6. Place onions and extra stuffing around turkey.
  7. Bake for about 13 minutes per pound, basting with extra butter every hour or so.

Stuffing

  1. With a sharp knife, cut slits in the surface of the chestnuts. Place chestnuts in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cook 25 minutes, or until tender. Drain, peel, and chop.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Melt margarine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in chestnuts, onion, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning, and cook until onions are tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium baking dish, and mix with the cubed bread.
  4. In a small bowl, beat together eggs and milk, and drizzle over the cubed bread mixture.
  5. Bake 30 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until surface is crisp and lightly browned.

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Invisible Roast Quail

Going along with Ichabod’s poultry love, he eats what looks like a small chicken. I know that in Ichabod Crane’s time period, people ate quail and squab (pigeon). I looked all around for quail or pigeon, but couldn’t find any. I didn’t want to go out into the streets and catch a city pigeon either, because that would be disgusting. So sadly, there will be no quail/squab recipe to try.

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One of the Many Pies (Raspberry)

There are TONS of pies shown in this movie. A lady carries pies on her head,

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school chidren bring pies to school,

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and there’s even a pie at her picnic.

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They never really show what kind of pies there are, except for the close-up of the school-child’s pie, which looks like some kind of berry pie, so I decided to make a raspberry pie. If you want recipes for other pies, see Snow White, Pinocchio, and Melody Time.

One of the Many Pies (Raspberry)

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  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients (Filling):
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
5 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries thawed
1/4 cup water

This recipe uses prepared pie dough. For a pie dough recipe, see Melody Time.

  1. Place the water and the sugar in a pot, stir vigorously until the sugar dissolves, then bring to a boil.
  2. Add the raspberries and let simmer for 5-10 minutes
  3. Add cornstarch and stir until sauce thickens.
  4. Add the berry mixture to the prepared pie crust and bake on 350F for 35-45 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown.

The finished.

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Do-Ray-Mi Donuts

Ichabod woo’s ladies with his deep bass singing voice. The secret is probably the donuts next to his piano. We made some home-made puff pastry donuts. They were delicious but oh so fattening. Perfect for deepening your voice.

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Do-Ray-Mi Donuts

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
vegetable oil for frying
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry.
  2. Cut circles out of puff pastry using two different sized circle cookie cutters, a larger circle for the outside and a smaller circle for the center.
  3. Fill a large pot with an inch of vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook donuts in hot vegetable oil, flipping when one side is golden.
  5. In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, milk and vanilla to make glaze.
  6. Warm the glaze in the microwave, or else it will flatten the donuts
  7. While the donuts are still hot, dip them in the glaze. Alternatively, use a spoon to drizzle the donuts with glaze.

Source: sixsistersstuff.com

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Ichabod’s Such a Ham

If turkey is Ichabod’s first weakness, ham would be his second. There is a lot of ham in this movie as well. Maybe ham is just easy to illustrate.

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Again, watching this around Easter had it’s advantage. I got a cheap ham and it was amazing.

Ichabod's Such a Ham

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 2hr 25 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (12-pound) shankless skinless smoked cured ham
whole cloves for studding ham
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup prepared mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
variation: glazed ham steak with brown sugar mustard glaze
1 to 2 inch ham steak
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup prepared mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Score top of ham into diamonds and stud center of each diamond with a clove.
  3. Place ham on a rack in a roasting pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours. In a bowl combine the sugar, mustard and vinegar and spread glaze evenly over ham.
  4. Bake for another 35 minutes
  5. Transfer ham to a platter and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    Combine cloves, sugar and mustard and brush over Ham Steak. Bake in baking dish in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes until heated through.

Recipe courtesy of Georgia Downard

Source: foodnetwork.com

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Sly Red Velvet Cake

Another couple hundred calories into his black hole of a gut. He is even sneaking food when dancing with the lovely Katrina.

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Sneaked Red Velvet Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 70 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
250 grams butter softened
600 grams caster sugar (or bakers sugar)
6 eggs
2 tablespoons red food colouring
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
375 grams flour
250 milliliters buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 200 2 (200g) tubs cream cheese
350 g white chocolate
250 g butter, softened

 

  1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas mark 3. Grease and flour three 20cm tins.
  2. In a large bowl, cream 250g butter with sugar.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Mix food colouring with cocoa and add to mixture.
  5. Add flour alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and salt.
  6. Mix baking soda with vinegar, and gently stir into mixture. Be careful not to over mix.
  7. Divide cake mixture into three prepared tins. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
  8. To make the White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing: Melt the white chocolate and allow to cool to lukewarm.
  9. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  10. Gradually beat in melted white chocolate and softened butter.
  11. Beat until it is the consistency of whipped cream, then use to fill and ice the cake.

Source: allrecipes.co.uk

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Cherry Cupcakes

Over to the left, there are some cakes. I assumed they were cherry cupcakes. So I made those. A note after making these, double the amount of cherry juice. Or maybe add some cherry extract. There wasn’t enough of a cherry flavor.

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Cherry Cupcakes

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 55 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
4 egg whites
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
12 maraschino cherries halved
maraschino cherry with stems (optional)
  1. Allow butter and egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups or coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup combine buttermilk and cherry juice; set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  6. Add sugar, vanilla, and almond extract; beat until combined.
  7. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  8. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each just until combined.
  9. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.
  10. Press a cherry half into batter in each cup.
  11. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.
  12. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes.
  13. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups.
  14. Cool completely on wire racks.
  15. Using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip, pipe Cherry-Almond Butter Frosting over cupcakes. If desired, top with cherries with stems.

Frosting

  1. Allow 1/2 cup butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating well.
  4. Beat in 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice or milk and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
  5. Gradually beat in 3 cups additional powered sugar.
  6. If necessary, beat in additional juice or milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until frosting reaches piping consistency.
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Katrina van Tassel’s Sweet Rolls

This is kinda hard to see. In the picnic scene, where this group of men are swooning over Katrina, there is a bowl of white balls. I guess they are rolls. That’s a good picnic food.

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Katrina van Tassel's Sweet Rolls

  • Servings: 24-36
  • Time: 40 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1 package dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 eggs beaten
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil or melted shortening
6-7 cups flour
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. In large bowl mix eggs, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add oil. Add yeast mixture.
  4. Mix flour 1 cup at a time; stir well.
  5. Cover bowl with cloth and let rise until double.
  6. Punch down. Make into rolls.
  7. Cover and let rise until double again.
  8. Bake at 400 until golden brown.

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Corn on the Cob

Corn wasn’t in season for us, so the corn on the cob we made wasn’t particularly great.

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Corn on the Cob

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  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Boil desired amount of corn until tender. Serve with butter and salt.

Biscuits

Same image, but there are some biscuits on the left side. My wife has a great recipe for biscuits. Her dad makes biscuits and gravy all the time and it is delicious.

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Biscuits

  • Servings: X
  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups self-rising flour (Plus extra for flouring your surface)
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 cup chilled buttermilk (Plus 1-2 tablespoons if needed)
1 tablespoon melted butter to brush on top
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Prepare a floured surface for shaping the dough and have an ungreased baking sheet ready
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Using a fork or a pastry blender cut in the shortening and butter.
  5. Work quickly, you don’t want the fats to melt – the key to fluffy biscuits is minimal handling.
  6. The mixture should be crumbly.
  7. Make a well in the flour mixture, and pour in the buttermilk.
  8. Stir with a spoon and blend just until the liquid is absorbed and the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl – add 1-2 tbsp more buttermilk if the dough is dry.
  9. Do not over mix; the dough will be tacky, neither wet nor dry.
  10. With lightly floured hands, turn out the dough onto a lightly-floured surface and gently fold it over on itself 2 or 3 times.
  11. Shape into a 3/4” thick round. If you use a rolling pin, be sure to flour it first to keep the dough from sticking to the pin.
  12. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits pressing straight down (avoid the temptation to twist the cutter as twisting keeps the biscuits from rising).
  13. Dip the cutter in flour between cuttings to keep the dough from sticking to the cutter.
  14. Place biscuits on the baking sheet so that they just touch (for crunchy sides, leave space in between).
  15. Reshape scrap dough and continue cutting.
  16. Remember to handle the dough as little as possible.
  17. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top.
  18. Turn the baking sheet around halfway through baking.
    Optional: Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter.

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Summer Pudding in the Fall

I wasn’t sure what this pink blob was. I did some research and found out that it is a British dish called Summer Pudding. It’s a chilled fruit dish inside a bread pudding-like shell. I absolutely loved it. I’ll definitely be making it again.

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Summer Pudding in the Fall

  • Servings: X
  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
300 grams strawberries
250 grams blackberries
100 grams red currants
500 grams raspberries
OR
12 ounces mixed berries of your choice
3 tablespoons golden caster sugar (ultra-fine bakers sugar)
6 slices day-old white bread from a square, medium-cut loaf
  1. Bring out the juices: Wash fruit and gently dry on kitchen paper – keep strawberries separate. Put sugar and 3 tbsp water into a large pan. Gently heat until sugar dissolves – stir a few times.
  2. Bring to a boil for 1 min, then tip in the fruit (not strawberries).
  3. Cook for 3 mins over a low heat, stirring 2-3 times.
  4. The fruit will be softened, mostly intact and surrounded by dark red juice.
  5. Put a sieve over a bowl and tip in the fruit and juice.
  6. Prepare the bread: Line three 3″ molds with cling film as this will help you to turn out the pudding.
  7. Cut the crusts off the bread. Fit the bread to the mold Let the edges overhang by about 15cm.
  8. Build the pud: Dip the whole piece of bread into the juice for a few secs just to coat.
  9. Push this into the bottom of the mold.
  10. Now spoon in the softened fruit, adding the strawberries here and there as you go.
  11. Let flavours mingle then serve: Dip the bread in juice and place on top – trim off overhang with scissors.
  12. Keep leftover juice for later.
  13. Bring cling film up and loosely seal.
  14. Put a side plate on top and weight down with cans.
  15. Chill for 6 hrs or overnight.
  16. To serve, open out cling film then put a serving plate upside-down on top and flip over.
  17. serve with leftover juice, any extra berries and cream.

Source: bbcgoodfood.com

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German Chocolate Cupcakes

On this massive platter of food, there are a bunch of things that we didn’t bother making. We have made a few cakes, so we didn’t make the pink frosting cake, there’s the quail that we couldn’t find, a sandwich which we made later, some grapes, celery, a round log which I assumed was possibly liverwurst. I bought some of that from the store. It wasn’t very appetizing. Then there was a delicious-looking german chocolate cupcake. I just had to make some of those.

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German Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 40 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  1. Buy a box of German Chocolate Cake mix.
  2. Follow instructions
  3. Frost with store-bought coconut pecan frosting
  4. Add Maraschino cherry on top

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Roast Beef Sandwich

Just like I promised, a roast beef sandwich. There were a couple sandwiches featured in the movie. It is hard to tell what kind they are, but this one looks like it could be roast beef. So I decided they were ALL roast beef. So here’s a simple roast beef sandwich recipe.

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Roast Beef Sandwich

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 min
  • Difficulty: Insanely Hard
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You should know how to make a sandwich by now.

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Pecan Shortbread

I kinda had a hard time distinguishing what the cookie-type things were at the bottom-right of this picture were.

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I finally settled on pecan shortbread. They look about the same.

Pecan Shortbread

  • Servings: 20
  • Time: 65 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
3/4 pound unsalted butter room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups small diced pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined.
  3. Add the vanilla and almond extracts.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter/sugar mixture.
  5. Add the pecans and mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together.
  6. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk.
  7. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  8. Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut into 2 1/2-inch squares with a plain or fluted cutter (or cut into any shape you like).
  9. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  10. Add a whole pecan to the center of each cookie
  11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.
  12. Allow to cool to room temperature and serve.

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Source: foodnetwork.com

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Paprika Pyramid Hardboiled Egg

This was a fun one. The reddish powder that Ichabod sprinkles on the egg could be a number of things. He ends up eating it and getting hot in the face. So I decided it was probably either chili powder or some paprika. I went with paprika. I almost choked. I coughed for 5 minutes after.

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Paprika Pyramid Hardboiled Egg

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Easy, but a killer
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Hard-boil an egg. Peel the shell and dump a gratuitous amount of paprika on it. Take a big bite and choke on the spice.

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Mashed Taters

Finally, at the end of the movie, we see a giant feast. I hope Ichabod brings in enough money for this huge family, his huge wife and their (probably) huge appetites. We had gone through and made most of the stuff on the table already, except for the bowl of white stuff with brown chunks. If someone knows exactly what it is, let me know. I couldn’t figure it out. It looks like it could be mashed potatoes with the skins. So thats what I made.

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Mashed Taters

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  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
8-10 potatoes washed
1/4-1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
salt to taste
pepper to taste
  1. Chop and boil potatoes unitl soft.
  2. Strain water out (save some for the gravy if you’re making any).
  3. In pan add butter, milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Mix with hand beater or potato smasher until creamy. Enjoy!

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Will it Make you Lose your Head?

Surprisingly, there wasn’t really a dish that I didn’t like this week, except for maybe the hardboiled egg. Wow, that was a lot of spice. Everything else tasted amazing.

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I loved the ham and turkey. The summer pudding was divine. I was excited for the Cherry Cupcakes, but they didn’t taste cherry enough. I think it needs more maraschino cherry juice.

A crowd favorite were the German Cupcakes, even though it was just a boxed cake and store-bought frosting. But you can’t go wrong with any of the meals this week.

Verdict:

Tea & Crumpets – 7/10 (would be more if I had cooked them longer)

Roast Turkey – 10/10

Roast Quail – ?/10 (I need to find my huntin’ rifle)

Raspberry Pie – 10/10

Donuts – 9/10 (And will fatten you up)

Baked Ham – 10/10

Red Velvet Cake – 8.5/10

Cherry Cupcakes – 8/10

Sweet Rolls – 8/10

Corn on the Cob – 7/10

Biscuits – 9/10

Summer Pudding – 10/10

German Chocolate Cupcakes – 10/10

Roast Beef Sandwich – 6/10

Pecan Shortbread – 7/10

Hardboiled Egg – 3/10

Mashed Potatoes – 9/10

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Melody Time – Apple Pickles, Apple Tarts, Apple Sauce, Apple Pastry, Apple Pie, Apple Cake/cupcakes, Apple Dumplings, Apple Fritters, Tangy Apple Cider, Stewed Apples, Baked Apples, Fried Apples, Bacon, Eggs, and Hot Chocolate.

Quick links: Apple Pickles | Apple TartsApple Pie | Apple Pastries | Apple Sass | Apple Cake/Cupcakes | Apple Dumplings | Apple Fritters | Apple Cider | Apples (Stewed) | Apples (Baked) | Apples Fried | Bacon and Eggs Breakfast | Hot Chocolate | Verdict

After last week’s giant feast, I was hoping for a slower week. I was even going to combine Melody Time and the Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, in hopes that neither of them had much food in it, but I was wrong. Melody Time started off calm with some nice Fantasia-like segments. But then came the Johnny Appleseed short. Johnny Appleseed meets his guardian angel who goes through all the different ways to prepare apples. After watching that, my hopes for a slow week were demolished. At least they were tasty recipes to try. 
If you want to watch the whole Johnny Appleseed segment for ol’ time sakes, look no further.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=484AJlOnOnc
Skip to 5:54 for the apple song where all these recipes come from.
There was some more food mentioned in the other segments of the movie, like a fantastical cocktail during the “Blame it On Samba” song and a hearty cowboy breakfast from “Pecos Bill.” But most of the food will be apple-based this week.
When the time came to actually make the food featured in Melody Time, I came down with a bad flu. So most of this week’s food was prepared by my lovely wife. Which works out anyway, she’s the better baker out of us.

Apple Pickles

The song that mentions all these lovely recipes starts by mentioning Apple Pickles.

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I didn’t even know Apple Pickles were a thing. Sadly, we weren’t able to start pickling the apples far enough in advance for them to reach their full pickled state by the time this article dropped. It takes at least a week for them to reach that. But I’ll update the article when I try them fully pickled.

Apple Pickles

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 7 Days
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon allspice
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground ginger
6 apples peeled, cored, sliced
1/2 cup lemon juice
  1. Place the water, cider vinegar, sugar, allspice, clove, nutmeg, and ginger into a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the sliced apples with the lemon juice and pack into two sterilized 1 quart canning jars with lids and rings.
  3. Pour the boiling syrup over the apples and affix the lids and rings.
  4. Allow the jars to stand at room temperature until cool.
  5. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight.
  6. Place in refrigerator and wait 1 week before opening.

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Apple Tarts

These were really fun. Mini-apple pies. In the song the Apple Angel causes a small apple tart to appear in Johnny’s mouth, later to be replaced by a real-sized pie. We used basically the same recipe for the pie and the tarts. The only differences were that we baked the tarts in a cupcake tray and we diced up the apples more.

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Apple Tarts

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 35 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
pie crust (See apple pie recipe)
2 apples cored, finely chopped (about 1/4 inch pieces)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat oven to 425F.
  2. Roll out pie crust.
  3. Using a large cookie cutter, cut out rounds.
  4. Gather scraps and re-roll to cut out more rounds to total 10.
  5. Press each crust round into ungreased regular-size muffin cup.
  6. In medium bowl, stir together apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  7. Divide mixture evenly among crust-lined muffin cups.
  8. If there is extra crust, add some to the top of the mini pies.
  9. Bake 18-20 minutes or until crusts are golden borwn and mixture is bubbly.
  10. Cool completely in pan, about 30 minutes.
  11. Loosen edges with knife; remove mini pies from muffin cups. Enjoy!

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Apple Pie

Wow, what a mouthful. I’m glad my apple Angel didn’t cause the tart to expand in my mouth… it woulda hurt.

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Apple Pie

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 70 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
4 cups flour
1 3/4 cups butter-flavored shortening
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 egg
1/2 cup ice water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon groud cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6-7 cups tart apples peeled, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg white
sugar

Crust:

  1. In a large bowl and using a pastry blender or fork, mix flour, shortening, sugar, and salt until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, egg, and water; mix well.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture and blend quickly. Be careful not to overwork the dough; mix just until liquid is absorbed by the flour mixture.
  4. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes before rolling. This dough can be divided into individual crust portions, wrapped, and frozen for later use.

Filling:

  1. In small bowl, combine sugars, flour, and spices; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat.
  3. Line 9-in pie plate with bottom crust; trim pastry even with edge.
  4. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim, seal, and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry.
  5. Beat egg white until foamy; brush over pastry.
  6. Sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  8. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake 20-25 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.

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Apple Pastries

This we mentioned in the song, but shown later in the segment.

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Our pastries weren’t round, but they tasted just as good.

Apple Pastries

  • Servings: 9
  • Time: 40 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (17-ounce) package puff pastry sheet
12 ounces red apples (approx. 2 medium apples), cut up
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg beaten
  1. Thaw puff pastry according to directions on package
  2. Peel, core, and chop apples up coarsely
  3. Combine apples with sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Heat oven to 350F.
  5. Flour surace lightly and cut pastry sheet into nine 3×3 inch squares
  6. Place approx. 1/4 cup apple mixture on each square and brush edge with beaten egg.
  7. Place second pastry square on the top of the already filled pastry to form a pocket
  8. Press down border with fingers to seal and then press with fork to decorate the edges
  9. Make a 1-inch L shape incision into each pie and fold back the pastry flap
  10. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and give each one an egg wash
  11. Bake for approx. 20 mins or until golden.

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Apple Sass

When I first watched this clip, I thought Johnny said apple sauce with a southern accent.

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But I have since found out that apple sass is apparently a real thing, but is similar to apple sauce. If anyone can advise further, that would be great. However for this week, we just ate store-bought apple sauce. But here’s a recipe for home made.

Apple Sass

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
4 apples peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft.
  3. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.


Apple Cake/Cupcakes

Another food I had never tried was apple cake. I was excited to make this one. In the show, they actually talk about apple cake, but then show apple cupcakes as well later on.

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So we made both. And oh boy, it is delicious. My favorite recipe of the lot.

Apple Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 1h 15 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (trans-fat free)
4 cups peeled, chopped apples (about 1 pound before peeling)
1 cup walnuts chopped
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ pan.
  2. To make the cake: Mix all of the ingredients except the apples and nuts in a large bowl.
  3. Beat until well combined; the mixture will be very stiff, and may even be crumbly.
  4. Add the apples and nuts, and mix until the apples release some of their juice and the stiff mixture becomes a thick batter, somewhere between cookie dough and brownie batter in consistency.
  5. Spread the batter in the prepared pan, smoothing it with your wet fingers.
  6. Bake the cake for 45 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few wet crumbs clinging to it.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a rack to cool completely; don’t remove the cake from the pan.
  8. To make the frosting: Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and salt and cook, stirring, until the sugar melts.
  9. Add the milk, bring to a boil, and pour into a mixing bowl to cool for 10 minutes.
  10. After 10 minutes, stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beat well; if the mixture appears too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar. Spread on the cake while frosting is still warm.

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Apple Dumplings

I had heard of apple dumplings (probably because of the Apple Dumpling Gang) But I had never tasted an apple dumpling. I was really missing out.

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Apple Dumplings

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 1hr 50 min
  • Difficulty: Medium-hard
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Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
1/3 cup cold water
8 medium tart apples peeled and cored
8 teaspoons butter
9 teaspoons cinnamon-sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter cubed
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly.
  2. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  3. Divide into eight portions.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. Roll each portion of dough between two lightly floured sheets of waxed paper into a 7-in. square. Place an apple on each square.
  7. Place 1 teaspoon butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar in the center of each apple.
  8. Gently bring up corners of pastry to each center; pinch edges to seal. If desired, cut out apple leaves and stems from dough scraps; attach to dumplings with water.
  9. Place in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.
  10. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  11. In a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients.
  12. Bring just to a boil, stirring until blended.
  13. Pour over apples.
  14. Bake 50-55 minutes or until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown, basting occasionally with sauce.
  15. Serve warm.Source: tasteofhome.com

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Apple Fritters

When I think of Apple Fritters, I think of the giant ones that you get at the donut shop. I never loved apple fritters, but when I was a kid, I would get them because they were usually the biggest donut.

However, these apple fritters were a little different. In the song, the angel describes the apple fritters being “as light as a thistle.” And they show little round ones.

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So we made smaller, lighter apple fritters. They were delicious.

Apple Fritters

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 15 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter melted
1 large egg
1 small apple peeled, and diced
2 cups vegetable oil
powdered sugar for serving
  1. In large cast iron (or similar heavy) pan heat the oil over medium heat to 350.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together lightly the cream, butter, and egg.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, stirring lightly, then fold in the diced apples. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Ensure the oil is hot enough by dropping in once apple piece coated in batter; it should sink then immediately float to the surface and bubbles should form around the edges as it fries.
  6. Use a 1/2 cup measure to scoop out one fritter.
  7. Press the batter firmly into the measuring cup, then dump it in your hand to press it flat – you wat a flat disk before dropping in in the oil. Do the same with the remaining batter.
  8. Fry 3-5 minutes on one side, or until golden brown, then flip and fry until the other side is golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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Apple Cider (Tangy)

The angel pours Johnny some apple cider and refers to it as “tangy.”

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We went out bought some fresh apple cider, but I made it into some tangy apple cider. Honestly, I liked the pure apple cider better.

Tangy Apple Cider

  • Servings: 28
  • Time: 65 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
8 whole cloves or to taste
1 gallon apple cider
1/2 gallon orange juice
1 quart grapefruit juice
6 cinnamon sticks
  1. Place the cloves into a tea ball or tied-off coffee filter, and place into slow cooker.
  2. Pour the apple cider, orange juice, and grapefruit juice into the slow cooker, and drop in the cinnamon sticks.
  3. Stir once or twice.
  4. Set the cooker to High, cover, and cook until the mixture is hot; then keep warm on low setting.
  5. Serve in mugs.

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Apples (Stewed)

Very quickly in the song, the angel mentions different ways of cooking raw apples. Stewed, baked, boiled and fried.

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We did all of those. (The boiled apples went to make the apple sauce).

Apples Stewed

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 55 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
6 cups Bagged Granny Smith Apples chopped, peeled (about 2 lbs.)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan.
  2. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 45 minutes or until apple is tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Let stand 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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Apples (Baked)

Apples (Baked)

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 65 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1/4 cup dried sweet cherries
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup pecan chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
6 apples rinsed
1/2 cup apple cider
3 tablespoons butter cut into pats
1/2 cup maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In large bowl, mix together cherries, sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Put aside
  3. With a melon scooper, core apples to hollow out the middle. Do not go all the way though. Fill each apple core with dry cherry mixture.
  4. Pour apple cider into casserole dish and place apples right side up.
  5. Place a pat of butter on apple hole filled with mixture.
  6. Drizzle maple syrup on top of all the apples.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes.

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Apples (Fried)

Apples (fried)

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 Bagged Granny Smith Apples peeled, cored, and sliced
  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat
  2. Stir sugar and cinnamon into the hot butter.
  3. Add apples and cook until apples begin to break down, 5-10 minutes.

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Bacon and Eggs Breakfast

The apple dishes are done! The last segment in the movie is the folk legend of Pecos Bill. They show some yummy bacon and eggs being cooked.

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This isn’t so much of a recipe, but just a suggestion to making a good bacon and egg breakfast.

Cook the egg in the bacon grease for a yummy egg. I find that just adding salt and pepper is the best thing you can do for eggs. I know some people add season-all or garlic powder or other things like that, but I enjoy just plain salt and pepper.

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Souped-up Hot Chocolate

Along with the bacon and eggs, you see a mug of coffee or hot chocolate. I don’t drink coffee, so I’m going to assume it’s hot chocolate.

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Again, this is more of a suggestion, but adding a gratuitous teaspoon of Nutella to powdered hot chocolate makes it taste amazing. And of course, hot chocolate is always better when made with milk and not water.

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Will it Make you Want to Leave Home and Plant Apple Trees?

The apple smorgasbord was really fun to do. We had never baked with so many apples. Granted, after a while, lots of the recipes started tasting similar. They all contained very similar ingredients, apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc. But they were all tasty, especially the cake. MMMMM.

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Verdict:

Apple Pickles – -/10

Apple Tarts – 8/10

Apple Sauce – 7/10

Apple Pastry – 9/10

Apple Pie – 8/10

Apple Cake/cupcakes – 10/10

Apple Dumplings – 8/10

Apple Fritters – 8.5/10

Tangy Apple Cider – 7/10

Stewed Apples – 9/10

Baked Apples – 8/10

Fried Apples – 8.5/10

Bacon and Eggs – 8/10

Hot Chocolate – 9/10