Addy’s Sweet Potato Pudding – An American Girl Recipe

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Addys Sweet Potato Pudding - An American Girl Recipe

When I was a little girl reading the American Girl books, a lot of the foods in the books captured my imagination, but none more than this sweet potato pudding. In Addy’s Surprise, Addy and her Momma are preparing for their first Christmas in Philadelphia. This story is really very sweet, though also heart wrenching, with lots of lessons about family and helping those less fortunate. Since Addy’s father, brother, and sister are all still being held as slaves, it’s just Addy and Momma for Christmas. This sweet potato pudding gives her comfort, since it is her Poppa’s favorite.

When I was a kid, reading about sweet potato pudding was a mystery to me. I didn’t think I knew what sweet potatoes were (I actually did, as we had them every Thanksgiving. Since we called them “yams” in our family, I didn’t know they were the same thing), but the way it’s described in the book sounded scrumptious.

I used to constantly browse the American Girl doll catalog as well, and one of the accessories you could buy for Addy was a sweet potato pudding kit. It came with a recipe and even a little doll-sized cast iron skillet to make it in. So cute! It made my desire to make sweet potato pudding even stronger.

Needless to say, finally making this pudding after decades of pining after it was a magical experience. To me, this sweet potato pudding is perfect in every way. The brown sugar adds a lovely flavor, and the edges of the pudding get delightfully chewy as it cooks. I used this recipe from AllRecipes.com, tweaking it a bit for my own taste preferences.

Addy’s Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions

  1. Use a sharp knife to slash a few holes in the skins of the sweet potatoes. This will allow the steam to escape as they cook so that they don’t explode in the oven.
  2. Bake the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet at 425 degrees F for 45 minutes.
  3. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool, then peel their skins off. You should be able to do this by hand.
  4. Mash the sweet potatoes in a bowl, and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Pour the pudding into a baking dish or pie plate (you may need to use 2 dishes).
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

 

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Bilbo’s Sponge Cake – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

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“We’re all right! I’ve just found some sponge cake.”

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bilbos Sponge Cake - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

I’ve watched The Fellowship of the Ring so many times I’ve lost count. I can practically recite the whole thing beginning to end, but something magical happened when I watched it for the first time with my “foodie glasses.” I decided to turn on the subtitles just to make sure I didn’t miss any food references, and boy am I glad I did!

When Gandalf arrives at Bag End in the beginning of the movie, Bilbo bustles off to gather food for tea time. While Gandalf looks around the house at the maps and different things, Bilbo is in the background muttering about what to fix for Gandalf. Out of the dozens and dozens of times I’ve watched this movie, I’ve not paid any attention to what Bilbo is actually saying because it’s so muffled and not the focus of the scene. But with the subtitles on, I was able to see all the good food Bilbo is muttering about.

Most of the food is the same as what’s listed in The Hobbit book during the “Unexpected Party,” such as chicken and pickles and apple tart. But then, Bilbo speaks the little line quoted at the top of this post. Sponge cake! I thought that sounded lovely, so I set out to recreate what I thought the sponge cake Bilbo found would have been like, since we never actually see it on screen.

Lord of the Rings Sponge Cake

I researched English sponge cake (since the food in Middle Earth is so close to English food…I wonder why! 😉 ) and found all sorts of recipes for Victoria sponge cake. This is a traditional tea-time English sponge cake that became popular in Victorian times, hence the name. The cake always has jam sandwiched in the middle, and more recently it usually also has whipped cream inside, though that part is optional.

I adapted this “Victoria sandwich” recipe, and the resulting cake was so scrumptious, I could hardly believe it. So, do yourself a favor and serve Bilbo’s sponge cake at your next tea party.

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Bilbo's Sponge Cake - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 cup whipped cream optional
  • extra powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Mix together the eggs, powdered sugar, flour, butter, salt, and baking powder until smooth.

  2. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan well, and distribute the cake batter dough evenly in the pan.

  3. Bake the cake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

  4. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool.

  5. When the cake is completely cool, use a serrated knife to slice the cake in half horizontally.

  6. Take the top layer off of the cake, and spread the jam evenly across the bottom layer.

  7. Distribute the whipped cream evenly across the jam, and replace the top layer of the cake, sandwiching the jam and whipped cream in the middle.

  8. Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar before serving. I like to use a powdered sugar shaker to make it quick and easy.

Recipe Notes

Once again, the whipped cream is optional, but I think it adds something special to the cake.

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Bilbo’s Birthday Cupcakes – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Bilbo's Birthday Cupcakes Recipe

It has been remarked by some that hobbits’ only real passion is for food—a rather unfair observation, as we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipe weed.

-The Fellowship of the Ring-

There are few movies that I like equally as well as the books from which they were adapted. The Lord of the Rings fits nicely into that category, though. I adore these movies just as much as the books, and I think it’s because they capture the spirit of the books so well.

One of my favorite scenes in The Fellowship of the Ring is the chapter titled, “Concerning Hobbits.” This scene makes me feel all warm and snuggly. The Shire is one of my favorite lands in Middle Earth, and I’ve given a lot of thought as to why that is. I think I love the concept that beauty and contentment can be found in a simple life. I feel like I can identify a lot with hobbits. “Where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet.” There’s nothing I like more than getting cozy in the peace and quiet of my own home with a select few close friends and family. But, I do love a good adventure once in a while to shake things up, which is probably why Bilbo Baggins is one of my very favorite literary characters of all time. He’s a got an adventurous side that’s tempered a bit by his introversion. Just like me!

In the “Concerning Hobbits” scene, we see the hobbits setting up for Bilbo’s birthday party. Among these preparations, a hobbit snatches a cupcake off a tray being carried to the party. I wanted to recreate these cupcakes as an ode to one of my favorite scenes in The Lord of the Rings.

Now, I have a confession to make: I am terrible at making cakes from scratch. I mean, absolutely terrible. This is something I’m working on, but I’m still not confident enough in making cakes to provide you with an elaborate cake recipe here on this blog. I usually just stick with boxed cake mixes, so for this recipe I’ll just say to use either a boxed yellow cake mix or your favorite yellow cake recipe.

On the other hand, I love making frosting from scratch, so you’ll find my favorite chocolate frosting recipe below. Combine the yellow cupcakes with this frosting and some rainbow sprinkles, and you’ve got cupcakes fit for any eleventy-first birthday party.

Bilbo's Birthday Cupcakes - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Bilbo’s Birthday Cupcakes – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • Yellow cupcakes
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Directions

  1. Combine the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla.
  3. Pour in the milk one Tbsp. at a time until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. You may not need it all.
  4. Frost the yellow cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.
  5. Sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles generously on top of the frosting.
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Egg Tart – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

zelda egg tart

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, players can create a delicious egg tart with only a few ingredients. When researching egg tart recipes, I came across a recipe for Chinese-style egg tarts, and I figured this was the closest thing to the tarts made in the game.

While these tarts have a few more ingredients than they do in the game, they’re not difficult to make. The shell is sweet and crispy, while the filling is like a simple egg pudding. You could add more flavors to these tarts if you wanted, but they are yummy just as they are. I used this recipe and slightly adapted it for my needs. (Mainly, I just halved the recipe since it’s only my husband and me at home and we don’t need dozens of egg tarts!)

Egg Tart - A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Egg Tart – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 egg white (save the yolk for the filling)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 eggs, plus one egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk

Directions:

  1. Sift together the powdered sugar and flour.
  2. Cut the butter into the sugar/flour mixture until it forms pea-sized crumbs.
  3. Add the egg white and vanilla and mix until it forms a smooth dough.
  4. Press the dough into individual tart pans, or a muffin tin, and set aside.
  5. To make the filling, combine the granulated sugar and water in a sauce pan, and cook on medium high heat until dissolved, stirring constantly. Allow the mixture to cool.
  6. Whisk together the remaining eggs, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Add the cool sugar water and mix well. Make sure the sugar water is not hot, or else the eggs will curdle.
  7. Divide the filling evenly among the tart shells.
  8. Bake the tarts at 450 degrees F for about 15 minutes, until they turn golden brown.
  9. Allow the tarts to cool before serving. The custard will set more as it cools.
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Lemon Tart – An American Girl Recipe

lemon tart recipe

In Happy Birthday, Molly! we meet Molly’s friend Emily. Emily is an English girl who comes to live with Molly and her family in the US during the war. She moves in just before Molly’s birthday, so Molly tries to include her in the party planning. The girls plan a traditional English tea party, and everything seems to be going well until Emily suggests serving a lemon tart instead of a birthday cake. Molly just can’t imagine her birthday without a cake. I have to say, I’m on Molly’s side with this one.

Still, I thought a lemon tart sounded delightful for a non-birthday party. This tart is very rich, so much so that I could only really stomach a small sliver at a time, but it was still delicious, and it makes plenty to share! I used this recipe to make this tart, and I think it turned out well.

Lemon Tart - An American Girl Recipe

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the crust until it forms a crumbly dough.
  2. Press the dough into a tart pan or pie tin.
  3. Bake the crust at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
  4. Mix together the filling ingredients until smooth.
  5. Pour the filling into the baked crust.
  6. Bake the tart for an additional 20 minutes. Wrap the edges with aluminum foil to prevent burning on the edges (as you can see in the photos, I neglected to do that part 😉 )
  7. Allow the tart to cool, and dust it with powdered sugar before serving.
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Honeyed Berry Crepes – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Honeyed Berry Crepes - A Legend of Zelda Recipe

I think this is my favorite Zelda recipe I’ve made so far! It was so easy to make, yet so delicious. In Breath of the Wild, there are a lot of different crepe variations, but this one sounded the most delicious to me.

I used strawberries for the topping, but you can substitute an equal amount of any kind of berry you prefer. If you use smaller berries, like raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries, you won’t have to dice them, which will save you some time in the kitchen, but strawberries are my favorite still!

Using honey as a sweetener always makes me feel like a forager…which I guess is the whole point of this recipe!

Honeyed Berry Crepes - A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Honeyed Berry Crepes – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted

Directions

  1. Combine the strawberries and honey in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the berry mixture over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  3. In a blender, blend together the remaining ingredients (flour, eggs, milk, salt, and butter).
  4. Heat up a greased medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup of the crepe batter into the pan and tilt the pan around until the batter is evenly distributed on the bottom.
  6. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes.
  7. Flip the crepe over and cook for about 1 more minute.
  8. Transfer the crepe to a plate, and repeat the process until the batter is gone.
  9. Fold the crepes into triangles and pour the berries on top.
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Cherry Pie – An American Girl Recipe

Cheery Pie - An American Girl Recipe

In Happy Birthday, Addy! Addy celebrates her spring-time birthday with cherry pie and homemade ice cream. While I (tragically) do not have an ice cream machine to make homemade ice cream to go with it, I knew I wanted to recreate Addy’s birthday cherry pie. I found this classic cherry pie recipe from Food Network and got to work. I halved the recipe to make a cute little doll-sized pie, but you can just double it again if you want to make a full-size pie, as this recipe is best when shared with friends and family, just like Addy did on her birthday.

Cherry Pie – An American Girl Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups tart cherries, pits removed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 small pie crusts
  • butter

Directions

  1. Place the cherries in a pan on the stove, and cook on low heat until the juices start to come out of the cherries.
  2. Add the sugar, cornstarch and almond extract to the cherries, and mix well.
  3. Cook the cherry mixture on the stove until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly.
  4. Place one pie crust in the bottom of a small baking dish.
  5. Pour the cherry mixture into the pie tin over the crust.
  6. Place the second pie crust over the cherry mixture. You can make a woven lattice design if you want, or you can just place the crust on top and cut a vent in the center.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.

To make a full-size pie, double the recipe. Share this pie with loved ones to celebrate a special occasion, or just to enjoy the fruits of spring and summer. This old-fashioned recipe definitely stands the test of time!

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Buttered Scones – A Hobbit Recipe

…the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came–a loud knock.

-The Hobbit

Buttered Scones - A Hobbit Recipe

Here we are revisiting Bilbo’s “Unexpected Party” again. It’s a good thing those dwarves were so hungry, or else we wouldn’t have so many yummy foods to emulate!

Hot buttered scones are one of the simpler menu items at this party, but I wanted to get the recipe right, so I did some research. I’ve never been to the UK, but apparently those triangular things you get from cafes here in the US aren’t authentic scones. In fact, “real” scones seem to be a great deal similar to what we in America call “biscuits,” only sweeter. I found this recipe for Afternoon Tea Scones written by someone who actually used to live in the UK and goes back to visit often, so I knew it had to be authentic! I adapted the recipe slightly to better fit the narrative of The Hobbit.

Buttered Scones – A Hobbit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter, for brushing

Directions

  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  2. Cut the butter into several small pieces, and drop the pieces into the flour mixture.
  3. Using your fingers, rub the cold butter into the flour mixture until it forms a crumbly texture.
  4. Add the egg and buttermilk, and mix until just combined.
  5. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface, and pat it into a flat disk, about 1/2 an inch high.
  6. Cut out scones in a circular shape. You can use a circle cookie or biscuit cutter, but I just used a drinking glass.
  7. Place the scones onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  8. Brush the scones with melted butter.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until the scones turn golden brown.

These yummy scones are a great simple pleasure. Enjoy them with butter, jam, clotted cream, or whatever you fancy. Hopefully you won’t have to share them with any dwarves!

 

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Cinnamon Hot Cocoa – A Once Upon A Time Recipe

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa - A Once Upon A Time Recipe

I’m back with another recipe from Once Upon A Time! Cinnamon hot cocoa is a food item that is referenced multiple times throughout the series. Cinnamon in hot cocoa…it’s a quirk of the “Charming” family. Cinnamon is probably my favorite spice, and combining it with chocolate is heavenly.

Yes, I am well aware that it is May…almost summertime. Cocoa is typically a wintertime beverage, but when you live in Florida like I do and it’s hot all year round, you just crank up the A/C and drink hot cocoa whenever you feel like it. 🙂

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa – A Once Upon A Time Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
  • whipped cream

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except for the whipped cream, into a pot on the stove or into a hot cocoa machine. You can also use the “soup” setting on one of those fancy expensive blenders 🙂
  2. Heat the contents thoroughly, stirring constantly. A hot cocoa machine or blender on “soup” setting will stir for you as it heats, which saves you a lot of work!
  3. Pour the cocoa into a mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of extra cinnamon.

Drink this cocoa on your own, or double the recipe to share as you bond with family or make new friends. It’s warm and comforting in every way possible.

 

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Apple Dumplings Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Apple Dumpling Recipe - Disney's The Apple Dumpling Gang

I’m generally not a huge fan of the Disney movies that were made in the 1970s, but The Apple Dumpling Gang is a definite exception. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I was fascinated with frontier and pioneer life as a child, and The Apple Dumpling Gang fed that fascination nicely. This movie is exciting, endearing, and funny (mostly thanks to the ever hilarious Don Knotts). Even as an adult, I enjoy rewatching this movie. Just as charming as ever!

In the movie, Celia says that their new adoptive dad, Mr. Donavan, will allow them to eat all the apple dumplings they want. Sounds good to me! Apple dumplings are super easy to make, too, which is a huge plus.

Apple Dumpling Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, peeled and cored
  • pie crust, cut into 6-inch squares
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar

Directions

  1. Place each of the apples onto a square of pie crust.
  2. Stuff the hollow center of each apple with 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp. butter.
  3. Wrap the pie crust around the apple, pinching it closed on top.
  4. Place the wrapped apples into a deep baking dish.
  5. Place the water, white sugar, and 1 Tbsp. butter into a pot.
  6. Heat the sugar/water mixture on medium heat until it starts to bubble, stirring constantly.
  7. Pour the sugar syrup over the apple dumplings. This will form a sweet, sticky sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F fro 45 minutes, or until the dumplings turn a golden brown color.

Serve the dumplings warm, and spoon some of the sauce on top of each serving. These are also great served with ice cream.

 

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