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!

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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Rey’s Sauteed Spinach – A Star Wars Recipe

Rey's Sauteed Spinach - A Star Wars Recipe

I’m back with another Star Wars recipe for this month’s Fandom Foodies theme, hosted by My Main is a Cook. #MaytheFork be with you!

In The Force Awakens, Rey’s Portion Bread seems to get all the attention, and with good reason! It’s pretty neat to see the bread bubble up from just powder and water. But, along with the bread, Rey cooks up sauteed greens of some kind to eat with her bread. They’re only shown on screen for a brief moment, so I’m not entirely sure what kind of plant this dish comes from in the Star Wars universe, but I figured spinach was a pretty close approximation in our world.

I love spinach, and I don’t understand how anyone could dislike it! This sauteed spinach recipe is so easy to make and is perfect as a nutritious side dish to any meal. You can change up the ingredients however you like, too.

Rey’s Sauteed Spinach – A Star Wars Recipe

Ingredients

  • spinach, 1 block frozen or 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Place the spinach and water in a frying pan.
  2. Heat the spinach until it is wilted and warmed through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix until combined.
  4. Serve hot with any meal you like!

You can use either fresh or frozen spinach for this, but I used frozen spinach since it more closely resembled the portion packet Rey receives. This is very basic food, but that’s perfect because it’s what Rey lived off of for so long. It still tastes great, though. Enjoy, and may the force be with you!

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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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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, 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.

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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Blueberry Muffins – An American Girl Recipe

Blueberry Muffins - An American Girl Recipe

As a child reading the American Girl books, Samantha wasn’t one of my favorites, but I still enjoyed reading the books about her. Her life seemed very fancy, living with her wealthy grandmother in the early 1900s. In Happy Birthday, Samantha! we read all about Samantha’s 10th birthday and how she feels soooo grown up now that she’s 10 years old. I remember that feeling.

When Samantha wakes up on her birthday, she finds that the cook, Mrs. Hawkins, has made her some special blueberry muffins for breakfast. I’m not entirely sure how authentic blueberry muffins are to the time period, but I’m just gonna go with it.

Blueberry muffins are my 2nd favorite type of muffin (chocolate chip being the first!). I like that I can convince myself that they are sort of healthy because they have fruit in them 😉 A girl can dream, right? I adapted this recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • cinnamon sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
  2. Add the vegetable oil, egg, and milk, and mix until just incorporated.
  3. Add the blueberries and stir.
  4. Distribute the batter into a muffin tin, and sprinkle the tops of the unbaked muffins with cinnamon sugar, if desired.
  5. Bake the muffins at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes, or until the muffins turn a golden brown color.

These blueberry muffins had a great texture and a great flavor. Perfect for a birthday breakfast or an everyday treat.

 

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Regina’s Apple Turnover – A Once Upon A Time Recipe

Regina's Apple Turnover - A Once Upon A Time Recipe

I have a love/hate relationship with Once Upon A Time. I absolutely adored the first two seasons of this show. The storyline was so unique, the characters were so compelling (I’m lookin’ at you, Rumplestiltskin!), and I loved how all of the different fairy tales were woven together. Unfortunately, I feel like the show really went downhill after the second season. There was a lot more Disney fan service to the point where it felt just jarring to the show, and the dialogue got super lazy. That’s my opinion, anyway…

But that first season, though! Perfection. And it’s the first season where we see this apple turnover. Regina (otherwise known as The Evil Queen from Snow White) loves her apple tree…and she also has a knack for poisoning people with those apples.

Towards the end of season one, Regina tries to poison Emma using an apple baked into a turnover. I always thought the ginormous turnover she makes in the show is hilariously huge, so I made a smaller version of Regina’s “old recipe.”

I used a non-poisonous apple for this delicious turnover recipe, and I suggest you do the same 😉

Regina’s Apple Turnover – A Once Upon A Time Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  1. Cut the puff pastry sheet into four equal squares.
  2. Place the puff pastry squares onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Arrange the apple slices slightly off center on the puff pastry squares, leaving the edges free to crimp closed.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the apples, 1 Tbsp. for each turnover.
  5. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the apples, 1 tsp. for each turnover.
  6. Fold the puff pastry over the apples, forming triangles, and press the edges closed. You may have to wet the edges with some water to help seal them closed.
  7. Brush the tops of the turnovers with egg.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes, or until the puff pastry turns a golden brown color.

These apple turnovers were so easy to make, but they tasted amazing. No wonder Regina found it easy to tempt Emma into taking a bite.

 

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Lentil Soup – A Little Princess Recipe

“…they removed the covers of the dishes, and found rich, hot, savory soup, which was a meal in itself…”

-A Little Princess, chapter 16

Lentil Soup - A Little Princess Recipe

In A Little Princess, when Sara and Becky find a feast waiting for them in their room, one of the items on the table is a delicious soup. Since this soup is described as being rich and “a meal in itself,” I knew it had to be something loaded with veggies and protein. Since we later discover that this meal was provided by “the Indian gentleman” (who is actually an Englishman who just spent a lot of time in India), I wanted to make a soup that had some Indian influences.

I chose lentils as the base of this soup, to give a nod to the Indian gentleman and to give the soup the richness described in the book. Root vegetables round out the simple flavors of this soup, while adding richness on their own as well.

I’ve tried making this soup with Indian spices (i.e. garam masala) as well as without it, and I prefer it without, so the recipe below reflects that. But, if you enjoy traditional Indian flavors, add a couple of teaspoons of garam masala to the mix to give the soup a warm, rich flavor.

Lentil Soup – A Little Princess Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red lentils, dry
  • 6 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Rinse the lentils and place them in a slow cooker with the 6 cups of water or broth.
  2. Turn the slow cooker on high, and cook for one hour.
  3. Add the vegetables, including the whole can of tomatoes with the juices, and cook for another hour.
  4. Add the seasonings, and cook for one more hour to allow all the flavors to come together.
  5. Serve with bread or rice.

I hope you enjoy this hearty soup. The flavors are simple, but satisfying. I can definitely see this soup being a meal in itself!

 

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