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Last month, I celebrated the one-year anniversary of this blog! I started this blog because I wanted to reconnect with two passions of mine: fantasy stories and food! What started as just a fun little hobby has turned into much more than that. Through re-reading my favorite books, rewatching my favorite movies, and creating delicious new foods, I really feel like I have rediscovered a piece of myself that I had previously let fall by the wayside. In addition to that, I’ve met lots of wonderful people and discovered that there are tons of fans out there who love recreating fantasy foods as much as I do!
As part of my celebration of blogging for one whole year, I decided to make a list of my top 5 favorite recipes on this blog. These are all recipes that just felt so magical to me, like I was stepping straight into a fairy tale. If you’re a more recent follower, some of these recipes may be new to you. Regardless, I think they are all worth revisiting. Enjoy!
The Apple Dumpling Gang was one of my favorite movies as a kid. When I started up this blog, I realized I had never tasted an apple dumpling, let alone made one, so I knew I had to turn it into a blog post. I’m so glad I did! Apple dumplings are so easy to make and they have that “down home cooking” taste. Even if you’re not familiar with the movie, give this recipe a try!
Another favorite story from my childhood! I’ve always loved English muffins, but had never even attempted to make them from home until I wrote this post. These English muffins may not be much to look at, and the dough can be a bit tricky to work with, but don’t let that put you off. Homemade English muffins taste infinitely better than the store bought kind! They were so flavorful that I could eat them plain, without any jam or even butter. Couldn’t do that with a store bought English muffin.
I absolutely felt like I had stepped into the pages of a storybook when I created and ate this seedcake, and you all seem to agree! This recipe for Bilbo’s seedcake is by far the most popular recipe on my blog. If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? It will make you feel like a hobbit, I promise.
I got this recipe from the official Narnia cookbook. I just love official fandom cookbooks, don’t you? These cakes were like a more rustic fantasy version of an oatmeal cookie. They were so yummy and sweet, but with really simple ingredients. In fact, if you bake often, you probably have all the ingredients you need to make these oatcakes right now. Go for it!
As a girl, I loved all the American Girl books, and my American Girl Doll, Kirsten, went everywhere with me (seriously no exaggeration! I have a very vivid memory of flying home after visiting my grandparents, and I had to place Kirsten on the security belt to be x-rayed at airport security. I was so worried to let her out of my sight!) I have a copy of Kirsten’s cookbook that I received as a gift when I was a little girl, and it is well worn because the recipes in it are out of this world. One of those recipes is for a traditional Swedish spice cookie called Pepparkakor. My whole family loves Pepparkakor cookies so much that the cookbook automatically opens to that page after over two decades of use. Even if you couldn’t care less about American Girl dolls or books, check out this recipe. It’s a perfect Christmas cookie.
So there you have it! My favorite recipes on this blog (so far). I look forward to spending another year reading enchanting books, watching awesome movies, and cooking and eating delicious food. Won’t you join me?