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Christmas Medley!

Quick links: Link 1 | Link 2Link 3 | Link 4 | Link 5 | Verdict

 

We’re doing a special recap of some of our favorite recipes that you can try for your Christmas feast! This will also be our last post of the year! So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in a couple weeks!

 

Christmas Goose from The Aristocats

Ingredients:
1 Red Bell pepper
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 tbs olive oil
1 Whole Goose/Duck
2 Onions (wedged)
2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
1 cup White Wine
1 small can tomato paste
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
3/4 cup black olives (pitted)
1 cup chestnuts (or hazelnuts as a sub.)
1 stick butter (divided in half)
2 Slices of bread
  salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp crushed bay leaves
8 sprigs thyme
  1. Preheat the oven to 450F
  2. Boil some water and dump it over defrosted goose to tighten up the skin
  3. Rub 4 tbs butter over the entire goose
  4. Stick in a baking dish
  5. Place bell peppers on a baking sheet and roast them in oven for ~15 mins
  6. Place onion in a pan and cook, stirring occasionally over a medium-high, for 5 minutes or until golden.
  7. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until aromatic.
  8. Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes or until reduced by half.
  9. Add the bell peppers, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, stock and thyme.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. In a separate pot, melt 4 tbs butter.
  12. Add in chestnuts and 1/4 c. wine.
  13. Bring to boil and let simmer for 15 minutes, until the chestnuts start getting a little soft.
  14. Stir in the shredded bread and olives.
  15. Salt and pepper to taste.
  16. Place the chestnut mix inside the goose
  17. Pour sauce over goose
  18. Place the goose in the oven
  19. Cook for 1 hr 45min (or until goose is brown and meat thermometer reads 175F), flipping the goose over every 35 mins. You may baste the goose with white wine every 30 minutes as well.
  20. Keep covered for first 30 minutes and then only partially covered for the rest

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Holiday Ham from Pocahontas

Lime Glazed Ham w/ Blueberry Sauce
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Ham
  1. 1 fully cooked bone-in ham (6 to 7 lb)
  2. 1 cup water
Glaze
  1. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  3. 1/3 cup Key lime juice
Blueberry Sauce
  1. 1/3 cup(s) preserves, apricot
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar, brown
  3. 2 tablespoon wine, dry red
  4. 4 tablespoon lemon juice
  5. 1 cup(s) blueberries
  6. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  7. 1/3 cup(s) water
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. If shallow roasting pan does not have rack, line with heavy-duty foil. Place ham, fat side up, on rack in pan or in foil-lined pan. Score ham diagonally at 1-inch intervals, cutting 1/4 inch deep; score in opposite direction to form diamond shapes. Pour water into pan. Bake 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix glaze ingredients. Pour half of mixture into 1-quart saucepan; set aside for sauce.
  3. Remove ham from oven. Insert meat thermometer so bulb reaches center of thickest part of ham, but does not rest in fat or on bone. Brush ham with some of glaze in bowl.
  4. Bake 2 hours or until thermometer reads 140°F, brushing frequently with pan drippings and remaining glaze in bowl. Let ham stand in pan 15 minutes, spooning pan drippings frequently over top.
Blueberry Sauce
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch or arrowroot powder and water.
  2. Stir in the apricot jam, brown sugar, wine, and lemon juice.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 6 minutes until the sauce is thickened and bubbly.
  4. Stir in the blueberries and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Spoon the sauce over the ham and serve.
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Gingersnaps from The Rescuers

Penny's Gingersnaps
Serves 24
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  3. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  4. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1 Extra Large Egg
  9. 1/3 cup dark molasses
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Make the dough (You can do this part up to three days in advance.)
  1. SIFT the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. PLACE the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. SWITCH the mixer to low speed and gradually add the egg, molasses and vanilla extract. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth.
  4. SWITCH the mixer to low speed and add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, pulsing the mixer to incorporate each addition before adding the next one.
  5. TURN the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead a few times to incorporate any crumbs.
  6. DIVIDE the dough in half. Roll each half into a log about 1½ inches in diameter and 12 inches long. As you roll, gently push the ends toward the center to prevent air pockets and to keep the logs at an even thickness.
  7. WRAP the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days.
Bake the cookies
  1. PREHEAT the oven to 400°F. Line the bottoms of two 12″ x 18″ sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. REMOVE the logs from the refrigerator and unwrap them. Using a ruler and a sharp knife, cut each log into rounds ¼ inch thick. If the dough crumbles as you cut it, reshape each slice.
  3. PLACE the rounds on the prepared pans, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake on the middle shelves of the oven, rotating the pans 180° halfway through the baking time, until the cookies are set but soft enough to hold a slight indentation when pressed with a fingertip (about 7 to 10 minutes).
  4. LET cool completely on the pans on wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Yield: 50-60 2-inch cookies.
Notes
  1. Source: http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cookies/cookies2/ginger-snaps-recipe.asp
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Pineapple Upside-down Cake from Nightmare Before Christmas

There are many other Christmas recipes you can find there too.

Pineapple Upside-down Cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  2. 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
  3. 1⁄3 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  4. 1 1⁄3 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  5. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  6. 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup butter
  7. 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple slices
  8. 1 (8 ounce) jar maraschino cherries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Follow instructions on cake box for making an oblong single layer cake.
  2. Prepare cake batter and set aside.
  3. Cut up butter in small pieces and place all over the bottom of the oblong pan specified on cake box.
  4. Sprinkle brown sugar generously over the butter.
  5. Place pan on the stove (or in the oven) and heat slowly until butter and sugar melt to a liquid then remove from heat.
  6. Evenly space the pineapple slices around the bottom of pan in the heated sugar and butter.
  7. Place the cherries and nuts between the pineapple slices (Tho the cherries and nuts look nice and taste great, they are optional).
  8. Pour cake batter on top of the pineapple/cherry/nut mixture.
  9. Place in oven and bake as directed on cake box.
  10. As soon as cake is done place a plate over the cake and turn upside down and carefully remove pan.
  11. If you wait too long the sugar will harden and be difficult to remove.
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Plum Christmas Pudding from Make Mine Music

Ingredients:

Pudding

1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon cloves
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup ground, raw potato (shredded works, too)
1 cup ground, raw carrot (again, shredded works)
1/2 cup raisins *gold or brown
1 cup mixed dried fruit *preferrably with plums
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
3 tablespoons melted butter
   
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or rum flavoring
  water
  butter or heavy cream

Sauce

   
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or rum flavoring
  water
  butter or heavy cream
Pudding:
  1. Sift spices with flour and other dry ingredients.
  2. Add potatoes, carrots, raisins and mixed fruit, lemon extract, and butter.
  3. Mix well until batter is moistend through (this will take a few minutes).
  4. Put in buttered mold, fill about 2/3 full.
  5. Three 3″ fluted pans will hold the mixture.
  6. Steam for 3 hours.
  7. You can use a crockpot with steaming capabilities or put the molds in a larger baking dish, fill larger dish with boiling or very hot water, cover with foil and steam in the oven at about 300 degrees for 3 hours.
  8. Let sit 10 minutes before removing puddings from molds.
Sauce:
  1. Combine sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla/rum flavoring.
  2. Add enough cold water to make a thin paste.
  3. Cook over low heat until paste thickens up.
  4. Add butter or cream until desired thickness is reached.

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Will it Make you have a Merry Christmas?

I hope all you Disney Mealer’s out there have a great Christmas!

 

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas – Chocolate Chip Cookies and Fruit Cake

Put on your Santa-themed Mickey ears and lets make food from Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

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Hercules – Pita Bread, Herculade, Hercola

Quick links: Pita Bread | Lime HerculadeGrape Herculade | Hercola | Verdict

 

Hercules was one of my favorite movies as a kid. The SNES game rocked too. Get out your dumbbells, cuz we’re going from Zero to Hero with the food from Disney’s Hercules!

Foods Shown

Street Cart Pitas

When Phil and Herc get to Thebes, you see a street vendor selling pitas in the background.

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Turns out making your own pitas isn’t too hard, though it is a little time intensive.  We enjoyed our pitas afterward with salmon and tzatziki sauce.

Street Car Pitas
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  2. ½ teaspoon sugar
  3. 35 grams whole-wheat flour (1/4 cup), preferably freshly milled
  4. 310 grams unbleached all-purposed flour (2 1/2 cups)
  5. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Make sponge: Put 1 cup lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add yeast and sugar.
  3. Stir to dissolve.
  4. Add the whole-wheat flour and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and whisk together.
  5. Put bowl in a warm (not hot) place, uncovered, until mixture is frothy and bubbling, about 15 minutes.
  6. Add salt, olive oil and nearly all remaining all-purpose flour (reserve 1/2 cup).
  7. With a wooden spoon or a pair of chopsticks, stir until mixture forms a shaggy mass.
  8. Dust with a little reserved flour, then knead in bowl for 1 minute, incorporating any stray bits of dry dough.
  9. Turn dough onto work surface. Knead lightly for 2 minutes, until smooth.
  10. Cover and let rest 10 minutes, then knead again for 2 minutes. Try not to add too much reserved flour; the dough should be soft and a bit moist. (At this point, dough may refrigerated in a large zippered plastic bag for several hours or overnight. Bring dough back to room temperature, knead into a ball and proceed with recipe.)
  11. Clean the mixing bowl and put dough back in it. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap, then cover with a towel. Put bowl in a warm (not hot) place. Leave until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  12. Heat oven to 475 degrees.
  13. On bottom shelf of oven, place a heavy-duty baking sheet, large cast-iron pan or ceramic baking tile.
  14. Punch down dough and divide into 8 pieces of equal size.
  15. Form each piece into a little ball. Place dough balls on work surface, cover with a damp towel and leave for 10 minutes.
  16. Remove 1 ball (keeping others covered) and press into a flat disc with rolling pin.
  17. Roll to a 6-inch circle, then to an 8-inch diameter, about 1/8 inch thick, dusting with flour if necessary. (The dough will shrink a bit while baking.)
  18. Carefully lift the dough circle and place quickly on hot baking sheet. After 2 minutes the dough should be nicely puffed. Turn over with tongs or spatula and bake 1 minute more.
  19. The pita should be pale, with only a few brown speckles.
  20. Transfer warm pita to a napkin-lined basket and cover so bread stays soft. Repeat with the rest of the dough balls.
Adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016071-homemade-pita-bread?pagewanted=all
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Lime Herculade

I was really excited to make Herculade. I’ve never thought of making my own sports drink before. Herculade is first seen in the Zero to Hero song (that one was grape, later in the movie Panic was shown dumping  a green Herculade on Hercules).

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The Herculade I made actually tastes like a sports drink. A little more flavorful than Gatorade.  I tried to use ingredients that they would have available in Ancient Greece. I used honey instead of sugar cane, because the Grecians didn’t have sugar cane back then. They had access to all the other ingredients, but I stretched a little with the calcium and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) because they wouldn’t have used those in foods, but still had them available.

Lime Herculade
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
14 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
14 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 q water
  2. Lemon Peel (or lemon tea packets)
  3. Lime Peel
  4. 1/8 tsp Baking Soda
  5. 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  6. 1/2 c Fresh Lime Juice
  7. 1/3 c Honey
  8. 1 calcium (Tums) tablet, crushed
Instructions
  1. Boil the water and put 1/4 of a lemon's peel in it and 1/2-3/4s of a lime's lemon peel. Boil for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Stir/whisk/shake well
  4. Chill in fridge until cold
  5. (Note, I cheated a bit and added green food coloring)
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Grape Herculade

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Here’s the recipe for the grape version. Sadly, I couldn’t get it to turn out very good :S Maybe one of you out there can perfect the recipe.

Grape Herculade
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Prep Time
2 hr 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
2 hr 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 q water
  2. 1 peel of an apple
  3. 1.25 lbs grapes (or 1 1/2 c grape juice)
  4. 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  5. 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  6. 2 T Lemon Juice
  7. 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  8. 1/4 c Honey
  9. 1 calcium (Tums) tablet, crushed
Instructions
  1. Put all the grapes in a pot and mash with a masher.
  2. Bring the grapes to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for about 10 minutes
  4. Place a cheesecloth tightly over a bowl and dump the grape contents onto the cheesecloth
  5. Let sit for an hour or two
  6. Fold the cheesecloth over the remaining pulp and squeeze the remains out
  7. Boil the water and put the peel of 1 apple in. Boil for 5-7 minutes.
  8. Combine the apple tea, grape juice and the rest of the ingredients.
  9. Stir/whisk/shake well
  10. Chill in fridge until cold
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Hercola

After Hades blows up at Pain and Panic, Panic is seen drinking a Hercola.

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So, here’s the thing with this. I had to order some Arabic gum and special champagne yeast from Amazon. But the order was delayed so I wasn’t able to make this before the time of this post. Here’s the recipe I would have used though.

Hercola
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Cola syrup
  1. 1 quart water
  2. Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  3. Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  4. Finely grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
  5. 3 large (5-inch) cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
  6. 2 tablespoons dried bitter orange peel
  7. 2 teaspoons coriander seed
  8. 1/4 teaspoon finely grated nutmeg
  9. 1 teaspoon gum arabic (optional)
  10. 2 pounds sugar
  11. 1/4 cup browning sauce, such as Kitchen Bouquet
  12. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Final Product
  1. 4 quarts lukewarm (80-90°F) water
  2. 1 batch cola syrup
  3. 1/8 teaspoon champagne yeast (Saccharomyces bayanus)
Syrup
  1. Combine the water, lemon zest, lime zest, orange zest, cinnamon, bitter orange peel, coriander seed, nutmeg, and gum arabic (if using) in a large saucepan. Whisk together until the gum arabic dissolves. Stir in the sugar and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Boil for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon, lime, and orange juices, along with the browning sauce and vanilla. Let cool, then strain.
  4. This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
To Brew
  1. Combine the water and syrup in a large container. Test the temperature; the mixture should be at a warm room temperature, from 75 to 80°F. (If it is too hot, let it sit until it cools a bit. If it is too cold, warm it over low heat.) Add the yeast and stir until it is completely dissolved.
  2. Pour the mixture into sanitized plastic bottles using a sanitized kitchen funnel, leaving 1 1/4 inches of air space at the top of each bottle. Seal the bottles. Store for 2 to 4 days at room temperature. When the bottles feel rock hard, the soda is fully carbonated.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 week before serving; drink within 3 weeks to avoid overcarbonation.
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Will it Turn you From Zero to Hero?

The pita bread was awesome, as was the lime herculade. The grape Herculade was kinda disgusting, and I didn’t get a chance to make the Hercola yet 🙁

Verdict:

Pitas – 9/10

Lime Herculade – 8/10

Grape Herculade – 3/10

Hercola – ?/10 (Will update later)

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Hunchback of Notre Dame – Croissants, Sausages, Grapes and Cheese

Quick links: Croissant | SausagesGrapes and Cheese | Verdict

 

Food for a Guy Like You. Oh man, the music in Hunchback is amazing. The story is great, even though it is pretty dark, and Esmeralda is pretty sexy, haha. There are lots of french dishes shown, aka bread and cheese. But we did get to make homemade croissants! Yay! So ring some bells and eat some great food from Hunchback of Notre Dame.

 

Foods Shown

Ok, this is a new section. I want to start listing all the food shown in the movie. Sometimes I don’t list all the food shown. I exclude foods that are commonplace and don’t have recipes (like individual fruits and veggies) and/or foods that we’ve made before. But here are all the foods shown in Hunchback.

 

Quasi Croissant

Part of the Guy Like You song, the gargoyles mention that Quasimodo has the shape of a croissant.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

.I never have made croissants from scratch….and come to find out, its is pretty dang intense. It takes 3 days to make. I referenced this site for the recipe. I recommend checking it out for picture references. Sadly, when I was on the final rollout, somehow my dough got moist, even though I floured the counter…and the dough stuck to the counter…badly.  I managed to scrape a couple soggy croissants together, and they were still really really good. I just wish I would have found out what the perfect croissant was like.

 

Quasi Croissant
Yields 15
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Prep Time
72 hr
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
72 hr
Prep Time
72 hr
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
72 hr
Ingredients for the Croissant Dough
  1. 500 g French Type 55 flour or unbleached all-purpose flour / plain flour (extra for dusting)
  2. 140 g water
  3. 140 g whole milk (you can take it straight from the fridge)
  4. 55 g sugar
  5. 40 g soft unsalted butter
  6. 11 g instant yeast
  7. 12 g salt
Other Ingredients
  1. 280 g cold unsalted butter for laminating
  2. 1 egg + 1 tsp water for the egg wash
Day 1
Making the Croissant Dough
  1. Combine the dough ingredients and knead for 3 minutes until the dough comes together and you’ve reached the stage of low to moderate gluten development. You do not want too much gluten development because you will struggle with the dough fighting back during laminating.
  2. Shape the dough like a disc, not a ball, before you refrigerate it, so it will be easier to roll it into a square shape the following day.
  3. Place the disc on a plate, cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge overnight.
Day 2
Laminating the Dough
  1. Cut the cold butter (directly from the fridge) lengthwise into 1,25 cm thick slabs.
  2. Arrange the pieces of butter on waxed paper to form a square of about 15 cm x 15 cm.
  3. Cover the butter with another layer of waxed paper and with a rolling pin pound butter until it’s about 19 cm x 19 cm.
  4. Trim / straighten the edges of the butter and put the trimmings on top of the square.
  5. Now pound lightly until you have a final square of 17 cm x 17 cm.
  6. Wrap in paper and refrigerate the butter slab until needed.
  7. Use just enough flour on your work surface to prevent the dough from sticking.
  8. However keep the amount to a minimum, otherwise too much flour will be incorporated between the layers and this will show in the end result.
  9. Take the dough out of the fridge.
  10. With a rolling pin roll out the dough disc into a 26 cm x 26 cm square.
  11. Try to get the square as perfect as possible and with an even thickness.
  12. Get the slab of butter from the fridge.
  13. Place the dough square so one of the sides of the square is facing you and place the butter slab on it with a 45 degree angle to the dough so a point of the butter square is facing you.
  14. Fold a flap of dough over the butter, so the point of the dough reaches the center of the butter.
  15. Do the same with the three other flaps.
  16. The edges of the dough flaps should slightly overlap to fully enclose the butter.
  17. With the palm of your hand lightly press the edges to seal the seams.
  18. Now the dough with the sealed in butter needs to be rolled out.
  19. With a lightly floured rolling pin start rolling out, on a lightly flour dusted surface, the dough to a rectangle of 20 x 60 cm.
  20. Start rolling from the center of the dough towards the edges, and not from one side of the dough all the way to the other side. This technique helps you to keep the dough at an even thickness. You can also rotate your dough 180 degrees to keep it more even, because you tend to use more pressure when rolling away from you than towards yourself. You can use these techniques during all the rolling steps of this recipe. Aim at lengthening the dough instead of making it wider and try to keep all edges as straight as possible.
  21. Fold the dough letter style, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes (fold one third of the dough on top of itself and then fold the other side over it).
  22. Repeat the rolling and folding two more times (ending up with 27 layers in total), each time rolling until the dough is about 20 cm x 60 cm.
  23. After each fold you should turn the dough 90 degrees before rolling again. The open ‘end’ of the dough should be towards you every time when rolling out the dough.
  24. After the second turn, again give it a 30 minute rest in the fridge.
  25. After the third turn you leave the dough in the fridge overnight until day 3, the actual croissant making day!
Summary
  1.  Roll out to 20 cm x 60 cm
  2.  Refrigerate 30 minutes
  3.  Rotate 90 degrees
  4.  Roll out to 20 cm x 60 cm
  5.  Refrigerate 30 minutes
  6.  Rotate 90 degrees
  7.  Roll out to 20 cm x 60 cm
  8.  Refrigerate until day 3
  9.  Rotate 90 degrees
  10.  Day 3 - Roll out to 20 cm x 110 cm
  11. Each laminating step should not take more than a few minutes.
  12. However if, due to initial inexperience for example, it should take you longer, you can fold your dough letter style, cover it and refrigerate it for 20 minutes and continue the rolling process after this rest. It is very important the butter stays solid.
Day 3 - Dividing the Dough
  1. Take the dough from the fridge.
  2. Lightly flour your work surface.
  3. Now very gently roll the dough into a long and narrow strip of 20 cm x 110 cm.
  4. If the dough starts to resist too much or shrink back during this process you can fold it in thirds and give it a rest in the fridge for 10 to 20 minutes before continuing.
  5. Do not fight the dough, when the dough refuses to get any longer, rest it in the fridge!
  6. It is such a shame to ruin two days of work. (Also, make sure that there is no moisture around. Error on too much flour on the surface instead of too little.)
  7. When your dough has reached its intended shape, carefully lift it a few centimeters to allow it to naturally shrink back from both sides. This way it will not shrink when you cut it. Your strip of dough should be long enough to allow you to trim the ends to make them straight and still be left with a length of about 100 cm.
Shaping the Croissants
  1. For the next stage you will need a tape measure and a pizza wheel.
  2. Lay a tape measure along the top of the dough.
  3. With the wheel you mark the top of the dough at 12,5 cm intervals along the length (7 marks total).
  4. Now lay the tape measure along the bottom of the dough and make a mark at 6,25 cm.
  5. Then continue to make marks at 12,5 cm intervals from this point (8 marks total). So the bottom and the top marks do not align with each other and form the basis for your triangles.
  6. Now make diagonal cuts starting from the top corner cutting down to the first bottom mark.
  7. Make diagonal cuts along the entire length of the dough.
  8. Then change the angle and make cuts from the other top corner to the bottom mark to create triangles.
  9. Again repeat this along the length of the dough. This way you will end up with 15 triangles and a few end pieces of dough.
  10. Using your pizza wheel, make 1.5 cm long notches in the center of the short side of each dough triangle.
  11. Now very gently elongate each triangle to about 25 cm.
  12. This is often done by hand, but we have found that elongating with a rolling pin, very carefully, almost without putting pressure on the dough triangle, works better for us.
  13. You can try both methods and see what you think gives the best result.
  14. After you cut a notch in the middle of the short end of the triangle, try and roll the two wings by moving your hands outwards from the center, creating the desired shape with a thinner, longer point. Also try and roll the dough very tightly at the beginning and put enough pressure on the dough to make the layers stick together (but not so much as to damage the layers of course).
Proofing and Baking
  1. Arrange the shaped croissants on baking sheets, making sure to keep enough space between them so they will not touch when proofing and baking.
  2. Combine the egg with a teaspoon of water and whisk until smooth.
  3. Give the croissants their first thin coating of egg wash.
  4. Proof the croissants draft-free at an ideal temperature of 24ºC to 26.5ºC (above that temperature there is a big chance butter will leak out!).
  5. The proofing should take about 2 hours.
  6. You should be able to tell if they are ready by carefully shaking the baking sheet and see if the croissants slightly wiggle. You should also be able to see the layers of dough when looking at your croissants from the side.
  7. Preheat the oven at 200 ºC / 390 ºF convection or 220 ºC / 430 ºF conventional oven.
  8. Right before baking, give the croissants their second thin coat of egg wash.
  9. We bake the croissants in our big convection oven for 6 minutes at 195ºC, then lowering the temperature to 165ºC, and bake them for another 9 minutes.
  10. Hamelman suggest baking the croissants for 18 to 20 minutes at 200ºC, turning your oven down a notch if you think the browning goes too quickly.
  11. But you really have to learn from experience and by baking several batches what the ideal time and temperature is for your own oven.
  12. Take out of the oven, leave for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  13. Best eaten while warm and fresh of course. Croissant we don’t eat or share within a day we freeze. We put them in the preheated oven (180 ºC / 355 ºF) for 8 minutes straight from the freezer. Nothing wrong with that, croissants eaten nice and warm, almost as good as the fresh ones…almost!
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Gargoyle Sausage

At the beginning of the the Guy Like You song, Hugo roasts a sausage over and open flame.

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(Credit: Disney)

No recipe here, I just got some nice sausages and roasted them over the only open flame in my house, the gas stove. They still came out well.

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Frolo’s Grapes and Cheese

Another no-recipe section. There is just a lot of grapes and cheese featured.

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(Credit: Disney)

So go get some grapes, mind the seeds, and eat with some yummy cheese.

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Will it Make the Bells of Notre Dame Ring?

All of it was good. I wish that the croissants turned out better. It sucks to work at something for 3 days, only to have it get semi-ruined at the end. But don’t get me wrong, they were still really really good.

Verdict:

Croissants – 9/10

Sausage – 8/10

Grapes and Cheese – 8/10