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! 😉 ) 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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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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Samantha’s Pink Lemonade – An American Girl Recipe

Pink Lemonade Recipe - American Girl

In Happy Birthday, Samantha! Samantha throws a “grown-up” tea party in honor of her 10th birthday. They serve tea sandwiches, petit fours, peppermint ice cream, and pink lemonade.

When I re-read this book recently (for the first time since I was a child), I started wondering about pink lemonade and how it was made. I mean, I knew it wasn’t made from pink lemons, but I never considered pink lemonade being a thing back in the early 1900s. I always just thought the pink color came from artificial coloring. I’m sure that’s where the color comes from nowadays in premade pink lemonade mixes, but it wasn’t always that way. It turns out, pink lemonade is traditionally made with a splash of cranberry juice.

So, while this recipe is incredibly simple, I really wanted to share it with you in case anyone else out there would love to make their own pink lemonade!

Samantha's Pink Lemonade - An American Girl Recipe

Samantha’s Pink Lemonade – An American Girl Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • extra sugar, to taste

Directions

  1. In a small pot on the stove, melt the water and 1 cup of sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow the sugar mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. Combine the sugar water, lemon juice, and cranberry juice in a pitcher, and stir well.
  4. Chill the lemonade in the refrigerator, and add extra sugar if you think it needs it. If you use 100% cranberry juice, you will probably want more sugar. If you use a cranberry juice cocktail, you likely will not need more sugar.

I love the idea of pink lemonade as a tea alternative at a tea party. It’s still fun and fancy, and it’s perfect for serving with fancy tea-time treats.

 

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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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Homemade Ladyfingers – A Downton Abbey Recipe

Homemade Ladyfingers - A Downton Abbey Recipe

At some point on this blog, I really want to recreate the Charlotte Russe pudding served in one particular episode of Downton Abbey. While researching Charlotte Russe recipes, I realized that it calls for ladyfingers. Ladyfingers are small thin biscuits that are often used to line pudding dishes. I decided that before I tackled the actual pudding recipe, I wanted to try my hand at making ladyfingers from scratch, and I think they turned out pretty good! I slightly adapted this recipe from Allrecipes.com.

There are 2 keys to making these ladyfingers perfect. First off, you have to make sure the batter doesn’t get too warm, or else it will melt too quickly in the oven, creating biscuits that are too flat. Second, make sure to be gentle when folding in the egg whites so as not to deflate them. Deflated egg whites will also result in a biscuit that is too flat.

Homemade Ladyfingers – A Downton Abbey Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder

Directions

  1. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and the surface becomes glossy.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the egg yolks and sugar together. Continue to whisk the yolk mixture until it turns a pale yellow color. This should take a couple minutes.
  3. Fold half of the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder together on top of the egg mixture, and stir carefully to combine, without deflating the egg whites.
  5. Carefully fold in the remaining egg whites.
  6. Allow the batter to sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  7. Scoop the batter into a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch-wide round tip, or you can use a large plastic zip-top bag with one of the corners snipped off to form a 1/2-inch-wide hole.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  9. Pipe the batter onto the baking sheet in strips about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8 minutes.

These homemade ladyfingers would be perfect for using in a pudding or trifle, but they’re also simplistically sweet and yummy enough to eat on their own.

 

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Bifur’s Apple Tart – The Hobbit Recipe

Bifur's Apple Tart - The Hobbit Recipe

When Bilbo finds himself hosting an “unexpected party” of dwarves (plus one wizard), he scurries around gathering food items to serve his guests. As each dwarf appears on his doorstep, he requests a new food item. Bifur requests “raspberry jam and apple tart.”

Though in the context of the book, I think Bifur was asking for raspberry jam and apple tart separately, I decided to combine them! When I found this recipe for a rustic apple tart, it called for a few Tablespoons of apricot preserves. When I read this, I knew instantly that I wanted to incorporate Bifur’s request and change the apricot preserves to raspberry jam.

The resulting apple tart turned out beautifully. The red color of the jam made the tart more visually stunning, and it added a depth of flavor that made me want to eat this entire apple tart in one sitting.

Bifur’s Raspberry Jam and Apple Tart – The Hobbit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 12 Tbsp. butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  • 1/3 cup ice-cold water
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into thin slices
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam, melted

Directions

  1. Add the 1 1/2 cups of flour, the salt, and the cold butter to a food processor, and pulse until a crumbly mixture forms.
  2. Add the cold water, and pulse for a few more seconds until combined (the mixture will still be a bit crumbly).
  3. Pour the crumbly dough onto a floured surface and knead it for a few seconds until the dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Flatted the ball of dough, and roll it out in a round shape until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Place the dough round onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together 2 Tbsp. of sugar with 1 Tbsp. of flour.
  7. Sprinkle the sugar/flour mixture onto the dough round.
  8. Place the apple slices on top of the flour/sugar mixture. Arrange them in a circular overlapping pattern, leaving a couple inches of dough free around the edges.
  9. Fold over the edges of the dough, overlapping the apples a bit.
  10. Brush the melted butter on top of the apples.
  11. Sprinkle the top of the tart with 1 1/2 Tbsp. of sugar.
  12. Chill the tart in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  13. Bake at 400 degrees F for about an hour. If the tart starts to get too brown before the hour is up, place a layer of aluminum foil on top to keep it from burning.
  14. Brush the melted raspberry jam on top of the cooked tart, and allow it to cool slightly.

This apple tart was so easy to make, but it still looked beautiful and tasted amazing. It made me want to plan a trip to the Misty Mountains. If only…

 

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Mr. Tumnus’ Sugar-Topped Cake – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Recipe

Mr. Tumnus' Sugar-Topped Cake - Narnia Recipe

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which is the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia, Lucy meets a faun in the woods. This faun, named Mr. Tumnus, invites Lucy to come have tea with him. This is possibly one of the most iconic scenes in the book, and it’s no doubt why. The combination of the beautiful snowy scene with the meeting of a magical creature is the stuff of fantasy.

C.S. Lewis goes into great detail describing the contents of the table at that tea, and among them is a “sugar-topped cake.” There have been many interpretations of this cake on different blogs and cookbooks, and each author has their own idea as to how that cake might have looked and tasted.

In the Official Narnia Cookbook, the cake is described as one with bits of dried fruit inside. I thought that sounded gross, as I’m not a huge fan of dried fruits in baked goods. The recipe also says that the cake is topped with a sugar icing, and not just sugar on its own. The icing seemed too fussy for me for an everyday sort of tea like this one, though.

Taking these things into consideration, I decided to make a crumb coffee cake dusted with powdered sugar. I know this is pretty inauthentic but, it’s my blog and I’ll cook what I want to! 😉 Plus, this coffee cake was yummy.

I adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Mix together the egg, milk and vanilla in a large bowl.
  2. Sift 1 1/2 cups of the flour together with the sugar, baking powder and salt on top of the wet mixture.
  3. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together.
  4. Pour the batter into a well-greased square or round dish.
  5. In a separate bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining 1 1/4 cup flour.
  6. Pour the melted butter over the brown sugar mixture, and toss until it forms a crumb texture.
  7. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the batter in the baking dish.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until done in the center.
  9. Once cool, dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar.

Serve up this cake as part of an afternoon tea party, just like the one Mr. Tumnus threw for Lucy.

 

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