“You will see a sumptuous feast, but don’t eat or drink anything. Absolutely nothing. Your life depends on it.”
-The Faun, Pan’s Labyrinth-
When I read that the film for Food ‘n Flix this month was Pan’s Labyrinth, I knew I had to jump at the chance to participate in this online film club for the first time. This month’s Food ‘n Flix is hosted by Pretty Cake Machine. Check out either of those blogs for info on how you can participate! Now, let’s get to it.
I am normally quite squeamish when it comes to movies and TV shows, so I usually steer clear of rated “R” movies, since they normally have too much violence for me to handle. However, I make an exception for Pan’s Labyrinth because it is just such a beautiful film. I love the gritty, realistic version of fantasy found in this movie, and the symbolism in the story is heart-wrenching and inspiring all at once.
I was of course inspired by the scene with the Pale Man. Even though that scene gives me anxiety, the food on the table is stunning. No wonder Ofelia and other children like her were tempted by it.
One dish that stood out to me the most was a tart or pie studded with bright red cherries. I already had a jar of maraschino cherries in the fridge, so I knew immediately I wanted to recreate this delectable dessert. I used a recipe for chocolate pudding that I found on the Hershey’s website.
So, here it is. A chocolate pudding tart adorned with bright red cherries. It’s so easy to make, but also yummy and beautiful.
Pale Man’s Chocolate Cherry Tart – Pan’s Labyrinth
- Pie crust (I used a store-bought graham cracker crust…sue me! 😉 )
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 1/4 cups whole milk (trust me, do not use anything other than whole milk!)
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Maraschino cherries
- Mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt and milk in a saucepan.
- Cook the mixture over medium heat until it starts to boil, stirring it constantly.
- Allow the mixture to boil for about 1 minute, remembering to keep stirring.
- Remove the pudding from the heat and add the butter and vanilla.
- Pour the pudding into the pie crust, and allow the pudding to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Allow the cherries to drain on a towel for a minute, then arrange them in a circular pattern across the top of the tart.
Bonus Recipe – Warm Milk with Honey
Mercedes is one of my favorite characters in this movie. She is sweet and kind, but also determined and strong. I love the kindness she shows to Ofelia. In one scene, she offers to give Ofelia some warm milk with honey, and I thought that warm and comforting drink sounded lovely, but since it’s so simple, it can’t really be counted as a recipe.
Just warm some milk on the stove or in the microwave. Pour a few tablespoons of honey into the bottom of a mug. Pour the warm milk over the honey, and stir it all together. You can also add some cinnamon for a little something extra.
I hope these two recipes help you get into the spirit of Pan’s Labyrinth. Enjoy!
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