Sara Crewe’s Bonbon Recipe – A Little Princess

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A Little Princess is one of my all time favorite stories. I’ve read both the full-length novel and the shorter novella too many times to count, and I practically have the movie memorized. When I was a little girl, there was just something so magical about Sara Crewe and her tragic but beautiful adventures that captivated me. I think it’s her unflinching optimism, creativity, imagination, and belief in magic that speaks to my heart.

There is a particularly tragic and magical scene in a Little Princess book. Ermengarde, one of the wealthy girls who lives at the school, receives a care package from her aunt full of treats and goodies. When Ermengarde discovers that Sara and Becky, the servant girls, have been denied food all day, she sneaks the treat basket up to the attic so that they call all share in a feast.

Sara and Becky use whatever they have on hand to deck out the table for the feast. Old scarves, soap dishes, and tissue paper are transformed by magic into glamorous table settings.

One of the food items that Ermengarde shares with Sara and Becky are bonbons. This story was written in the early 1900s, so I looked up a traditional, old-fashioned bonbon recipe for this post. I found the perfect bobon recipe at Tori Avey’s blog. I think this recipe is just what Sara, Becky, and Ermengarde would have enjoyed.

Sara Crewe’s Bonbon Recipe – A Little Princess

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, melted chocolate, and other toppings

Directions

  1. Whip the butter and sugar together until smooth.
  2. Add the whipping cream and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
  3. Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
  4. Roll the mixture into small 1-inch balls.
  5. Roll the bonbons into your toppings of choice, and place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  6. Chill the bonbons in the fridge, then store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

There are many options to customize the bonbon recipe to your personal taste! I used rainbow sprinkles, or “jimmies” as they’re called in some parts of the country, and decorating sugar to cover the bonbons I made. Shredded coconut and chopped nuts would be a great choice, too. If you have a double boiler, or if you have the patience for a makeshift double boiler, you can melt some chocolate chips to dip the bonbons in, too.

You can even wrap the bonbon mixture around maraschino cherries or whole nuts to make stuffed bonbons.

No matter how you choose to personalize these sweet treats, you’ll end up with a delectable delight that’s fit for a little princess.

 

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Narnian Oatcake Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

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Oatcakes show up a lot in The Chronicles of Narnia. They are often eaten as traveling food, which makes sense since this oatcake recipe makes cakes that are hearty but also sturdy. When I saw oatcakes mentioned in The Last Battle, I knew I wanted to recreate them.

I turned to The Official Narnia Cookbook. This book has loads of delicious recipes. Some of them are directly from the books, and others are simply inspired by certain scenes or characters.

The cookbook has two different oatcake recipes: one using a yeast dough, and one using a quick dough, almost like cookie dough. I went with the yeast-free kind this time because it sounded easier, quicker, and tastier. Win win win. I’ll save the yeast oatcake recipe for another time.

Narnian Oatcake Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

Adapted from The Official Narnia Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp. milk

Directions

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients.
  2. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  3. Add the milk and mix well.
  4. Grab 2 or 3 Tablespoons of the dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball onto a cookie sheet as flat as you can get it.
  5. Repeat with the remaining dough until you run out.
  6. Bake the cakes at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

These oatcakes are so good! Nutty and a little bit sweet, they’re perfect for any kind of meal. They can be eaten with honey and jam, or you can take it a more savory route and pair this oatcake recipe with butter and cheese. I also like to just eat them plain like cookies.

 

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Soft Caramel Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

In The Magician’s Nephew, Polly and Digory are on a quest in Narnia and are desperate for something to eat for dinner. The only thing they have available is a bag of toffees in Polly’s coat pocket. They eat all of them but one, and they plant the final toffee in the ground to grow a toffee tree. More on that later 🙂

“The little paper bag was very squashy and sticky…it was more a question of tearing the bag off the toffees than of getting the toffees out of the bag. Some grown-ups (you know how fussy they can be about that sort of thing) would rather have gone without supper altogether than eaten those toffees.”

-The Magician’s Nephew-

One of my favorite things about C.S. Lewis’ writing in The Chronicles of Narnia is how he talks about grown ups. It cracks me up and makes me realize that I am still a kid at heart. Toffee is delicious, even if it is “squashy and sticky.”

The way this toffee is described, it sounds more like caramel than toffee to me. Most toffee recipes produce a hard, crunchy candy. I love hard and crunchy toffee, but it is more difficult to make, as it requires a candy thermometer and can be easily burned. Plus, a soft caramel recipe would be more authentic in this situation, I think. So, that’s what I did.

I adapted this soft caramel recipe from Creme de la Crumb, and it did not disappoint!

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Soft Caramel Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

Ingredients

  • 10 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Combine the butter and the sugar in a saucepan, and stir it until the combination is melted and incorporated together.
  2. Add the corn syrup and the sweetened condensed milk. Whisk the ingredients together until the mixture boils.
  3. Lower the heat to medium-low, and whisk the mixture constantly for about 10 minutes. The mixture should be bubbling softly the whole time. You’ll know when to take it off the heat when it turns a golden brown color and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  4. Add the vanilla and pour the mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper.
  5. Allow the caramels to cool completely.
  6. When the caramels set, cut them into squares and wrap them in pieces of wax paper.

This soft caramel recipe produces candies that are buttery and sweet and definitely squashy and sticky. Perfect for growing a toffee tree!

 

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The Grey Stuff Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

“Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!”

-Lumiere, Be Our Guest-

Yes, indeed it is, Lumiere. When I was looking for a grey stuff recipe for the Be Our Guest menu, I found tons of blogs and websites that featured a cookies and cream pudding recipe based on “the grey stuff” served at the Be Our Guest restaurant at Walt Disney World. I’m not sure who was the first to post this recipe, so I went with the earliest blog post I could find, which came from The Disney Diner.

The Grey Stuff really is delicious!

I was excited to find an appetizing grey stuff recipe, since I’m pretty sure the grey stuff in the movie was supposed to be something savory like pâté, which sounds gross. Yep, pudding is much more appetizing. So here’s the yummy recipe!

The Grey Stuff Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Ingredients

  • 1 3.4-ounce packet of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 15 regular Oreos
  • 1 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip
  • 3 Tbsp. instant chocolate pudding mix

Directions

  1. Whisk together the vanilla pudding mix and the milk, and allow it to set in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  2. Crush the Oreos into a fine powder using a food processor, and mix the Oreo crumbs into the vanilla pudding.
  3. Gently fold in the Cool Whip.
  4. Add the chocolate pudding mix and stir together.
  5. Allow the mixture to set in the refrigerator for an hour.
  6. Place the pudding into a large plastic bag, and snip off one of the corners.
  7. Use the bag to pipe the pudding onto a plate in a swirled formation. Use images from the scene in the movie to guide you!

Not only is this grey stuff recipe super easy, but it is oh so yummy, too. Lumiere was not lying!

 

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