Salamandastron Forge Scones – A Redwall Recipe

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“Nothing like Salamandastron Forge Scones. They’ll put some iron into your muscles, young un.”

The Sable Quean

 

Salamandastron Forge Scones - A Redwall Recipe

Miles from Redwall, beyond Mossflower Wood, lies the formidable mountain Salamandastron. The Badger Lords who reign at Salamandastron are fierce and strong, but they are also good and kind. The forges of the mountain aid in the creation of great weapons, and, on occasion, great scones.

A Salamandastron Forge Scone is a “rough-looking chunk of pastry, with nuts baked into it.” Though rough in appearance, these scones are warm, sweet, and filling. Served with jam, clotted cream, or just plain butter, the scones complement any tea-time spread nicely.

Since the Badger Lords do not share their recipe for Salamandastron Forge Scones, I had to make do with adapting this cinnamon almond scone recipe into the rougher-looking pastries we’re going for.

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Salamandastron Forge Scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter cold, cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/4 cup almonds slivered or sliced
  • cinnamon sugar
  • extra almonds

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, into a large bowl, and mix well.

  2. Add the cold butter to the dry mixture, and use your fingers to squish the butter pieces into the dry mixture, continuing until the mixture resembles a crumbly dough.

  3. Add the milk, vanilla, and almonds and mix until just incorporated.

  4. Turn out the dough onto a well-floured surface, and pat it down into a rough circle.

  5. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and extra almonds on top, again patting down so that the toppings stick to the dough.

  6. Grab rough chunks of the dough, about the size of your palm, and place them on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  7. Bake the scones at 400 degrees F for 15 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! šŸ˜‰ ) 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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Potato, Leek and Cheese Pasties – A Redwall Recipe

Potato, Leek and Cheese Pasties

The creatures of Redwall are constantly going on adventures and having picnics, and of course they need plenty of easily portable food to bring along with them. In practically every picnic basket and adventuring haversack in Mossflower, you will find at least one kind of pasty. They are filling, savory, and self contained.

These pasties are based off traditional Cornish pasties, but they don’t contain meat since Redwallers are vegetarian. I was a little concerned about making a vegetarian pasty because meat pasties use gravy to keep the contents from drying out. So, I substituted the gravy for some vegetable cream soup and added some cheese for good measure, and they turned out quite well! So go ahead and make a batch of these potato, leek and cheese pasties and pack them along on your next adventure.

Potato, Leek and Cheese Pasties - A Redwall Recipe

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Potato, Leek and Cheese Pasties - A Redwall Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 potato peeled and diced
  • 1 leek sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.

  2. Add the sliced leek and saute it in the butter until it starts to caramelize a bit.

  3. In a separate pot, boil the diced potato until tender.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the caramelized leek, boiled potato, cream soup, and cheese.

  5. Cut the pie crust into individual circles, about 4 inches across.

  6. Place about 2 Tbsp. of filling onto each pie crust circle, slightly off center.

  7. Fold the pie circles over the filling, and crimp the edges closed.

  8. Brush the tops of the pasties with beaten egg.

  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until slightly browned.

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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, IĀ loveĀ 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

InĀ 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 šŸ˜‰ )
  7. Allow the tart to cool, and dust it with powdered sugar before serving.
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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.Ā Hopefully you won’t have to share them with any dwarves!

 

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Mrs. Beaver’s Homemade Bread – A Chronicles of Narnia Recipe

Mrs. Beaver's Homemade Bread - A Chronicles of Narnia Recipe

One of the most quaint little scenes in The Chronicles of Narnia is when the Pevensie children are invited into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. Mrs. Beaver cooks them all a delicious dinner, and even packs up some food for them to take on their journey.

One of the foods she packs is a loaf of homemade bread, which she later uses to make ham sandwiches on the road. I love crusty homemade breads more than practically anything, but I figured a bread with a softer crust would work better for ham sandwiches, so I found this recipe from King Arthur Flour and adapted it slightly. The butter gives the bread a nice flavor, and the milk helps to make the crust softer. Perfect for sandwiches!

Mrs. Beaver’s Homemade Bread – A Chronicles of Narnia Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter,Ā melted
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 envelope instant yeast

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  2. Use the dough hook attachment to knead the dough for about 10 minutes, or until it forms a smooth consistency.
  3. Grease the bowl, and allow the dough to sit in a warm place until it has doubled in size.
  4. Shape the dough into a loaf form. I do this by rolling it out into a rectangle with a rolling pin, then rolling up the rectangle length-wise. Then, I pinch the edges closed and fold them underneath the loaf and place it seam-side down into a loaf pan.
  5. Allow the dough to rise once more, again to about double in size.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.

If you’ve never made homemade bread before, don’t be intimidated! Here are the three most important things to remember:

Water/Milk Temperature

The liquid should be warm, but not hot. Too cold, and the yeast will not activate. Too hot, and the yeast will die. Think of the temperature of bath water. This is the perfect temperature for bread making.

Amount of Flour

Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time if you’re unsure how much you need. The dough should come together nicely without being sticky. If it’s sticky, just keep slowly adding flour until it reaches a good consistency.

Kneading

Kneading helps form the chewy texture you find in good bread. If you have a dough hook attachment on a mixer, that works perfectly. If not, there are tons of tutorials online for how to hand knead bread dough. It’s actually kind of fun!

 

I hope you enjoy this process as much as you enjoy eating the final product. Homemade bread is one of life’s simple joys, and I think that’s something Mrs. Beaver knew a lot about.

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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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Simmered Fruits – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Simmered Fruits - A Legend of Zelda Recipe

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the simmered fruits recipe is one of the simplest. Link makes this recipe by gathering a bunch of fruits (such as apples, acorns, or spicy peppers) and simmering them in a pot until soft.

Since this recipe sounded simple enough, I decided to try it. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use whatever fruits you want. In this way, you can be a bit like Link as you “forage” in your refrigerator or grocery store for any type of fruit. I’d say that the only type of fruit that would not work well in this recipe is citrus. I used apples (this is a pretty important one to link back to the game, but it’s not necessary), blueberries, and strawberries. I love that the blueberries gave it a nice deep purple color.

While Link doesn’t add any seasoning or flavoring in the game, you can add a few things to give the simmered fruits more flavor, though it’s not necessary if you use fruit that is sweet enough on its own. I used cinnamon, honey, and vanilla extract.

Grab a pan and some of your favorite fruits, and let’s get cooking!

Simmered Fruits – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of fruit, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (optional)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the fruit in a pan on the stove, and cover with a lid.
  2. Heat the fruits over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, or until the fruit is soft. Stir the fruit every few minutes to keep it from burning.
  3. Add the honey, cinnamon, vanilla, or any other flavorings you want and mix well.

You can eat this with a spoon, or serve it over oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, crepes, or ice cream. You’ll definitely refill some hearts with this yummy recipe!

 

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