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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Wookiee Cookies – A Star Wars Recipe

Wookiee Cookies - A Star Wars Recipe

Update: I am submitting this recipe to the monthly Fandom Foodies link-up! This month is Star Wars themed, hosted by My Main is a Cook. Check it out! #MayTheFork be with you!

 

I started this blog because I wanted to cook and eat the foods that the characters in my favorite fiction actually ate. When searching for recipes based off my favorite books and movies, I always found tons of recipes or food ideas that were cutesy in name or shape, but that weren’t actually foods that were found in the story. I was always disappointed in this, because I wanted to feel immersed in the story and feel like I was a part of it. Not to say that cutesy things are awful, but it’s just not what I wanted. And it’s not what I wanted this blog to be. That’s why, in general, the recipes you’ll find on this blog are an attempt to recreate actual foods that your favorite characters actually ate…with rare exceptions.

This recipe is one such exception. I have no idea what makes these cookies “wookiee cookies,” other than the fact that the Star Wars Cookbook called them that. BUT, these cookies are too delicious not to share. Plus, it’s just fun to say “wookiee cookies.”

I received the Star Wars Cookbook as a gift years ago (what can I say, my family knows me well), and while most of the recipes are just normal foods with cutesy names, many of the recipes are really good. (And the photos are hilarious, too!) When I tried this recipe from the cookbook, it quickly became one of my favorite cookie recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

Wookiee Cookies – A Star Wars Recipe

Adapted slightly from the Star Wars Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Beat together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well incorporated.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat well.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon over the wet mixture, and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Add the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

The combination of the milk chocolate and cinnamon in these cookies is fantastic!

 

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Reptar Bar Recipe – Rugrats

Reptar Bar Recipe

This recipe was a request from my sister! We loved watching Rugrats as kids, and still share Rugrats memes and such with each other on Facebook to make each other laugh.

Reptar Bars are the candy bar that turn your tongue green! (And these really did turn my tongue green, though I’ll spare you a picture 😉 ) In Rugrats, the babies love Reptar, who is a big green dinosaur, kind of like Godzilla except not scary. Reptar Bars are just one of the many Reptar-themed merchandise items that appear in the show.

In the show, we see that Reptar Bars are basically chocolate with a green gooey filling. In most of the recipes I found online, like this one, the green goo is made from died marshmallow fluff.

These bars were so easy to make, that I almost feel silly typing out the recipe, but here we go!

Reptar Bars – A Rugrats Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips
  • 1 small jar marshmallow fluff
  • green gel food coloring

Directions

  1. Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir the chocolate chips together, and microwave for 15 more seconds at a time, stirring after every installment, until the chocolate chips are melted.
  3. Pour half of the melted chocolate into chocolate molds. Dinosaur-shaped molds would be perfect, but you can also just use a square brownie pan or round muffin tin if that’s all you have available.
  4. Place the molded chocolate into the freezer for just a few minutes (less than 5) until just set.
  5. Empty the marshmallow fluff into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave it for about 15 seconds. You don’t want it to bubble, just get it warm enough so that it’s easily stirred.
  6. Add a few drops of green food coloring and mix it well.
  7. Add about one or two Tablespoons of green fluff on top of the hardened chocolate in the mold, making sure the fluff stays in the center.
  8. Pour the remaining chocolate over the fluff, ensuring that it is completely covered.
  9. Place the completed chocolate bars in the freezer for 5 more minutes until set.
  10. Keep the bars in a sealed container at room temperature.

Am I the only one singing the Reptar on Ice soundtrack after making these bars?

 

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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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