A semi-timely post coinciding with the live-action Cinderella, which we watched as well! Unfortunately, we didn’t do any recipes from the live-action Cinderella…although the sweets that were shown at the ball were tempting.
The animated Cinderella is a perfect breakfast movie, as all the food in the movie is breakfast food. So get that fire going, brush some cinders on your face and discover all the food from Cinderella.
Lucifer’s Cat Cream
Of course Lucifer gets the first food of the movie.
And on the subject of Lucifer, who would unironically name their cat after Satan? Why would Cinderella’s dad marry someone who unironically named their cat after the devil? Wouldn’t that raise some red flags? It’s not exactly subtle.
Lucifer's Cat Cream
Greedy Gus-Gus Corn
Are the chicken feed corn kernels really worth it? Are they Gus?!?!
I ate some corn, like Gus. I didn’t have to run away from a hungry cat while doing it though. There’s not really a recipe for this, just corn. You can steam it until it’s soft. Or let it go stale and eat it as chicken feed.
Cinderella is shown taking some breakfast to her step-family. We wanted to be accurate with the type of breakfast she would be serving, seeing as this is supposed to take place in 19th-century France. However, it seems like the animators either didn’t see it as taking place in France, or just weren’t accurate with their French breakfasts. It looks like Cinderella is taking her family porridge and tea.
However, porridge isn’t a common French breakfast. They usually eat grains, coffee, and fruits. But because it really looks like porridge, we were true to the animation and made some porridge.
|50 grams||porridge oats|
|350 milliliters||milk or water or a mixture of the two|
|greek yogurt thinned with a little milk|
|clear honey to serve|
- Put the oats in a saucepan, pour in the milk or water and sprinkle in a pinch of salt.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time and watching carefully that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Or you can try this in a microwave. Mix the oats, milk or water and a pinch of salt in a large microwaveproof bowl, then microwave on High for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through
- . Leave to stand for 2 minutes before eating.
- To serve. Pour into bowls, spoon yogurt on top and drizzle with honey.
This is more accurate to France. Toward’s the end of the movie, Cinderella brings her step-family breakfast yet again. This time it’s toast.
We didn’t want to just buy some bread at the store and toast it, we make our own bread from scratch.
|4 cups||bread flour divided|
|2 teaspoons||active quick rising dry yeast|
|1 1/2 cups||warm water|
- Put 1/4 cup of bread flour on your clean counter top and reserve.
- Place remaining 3 3/4 cups bread flour in your mixer bowl.
- Spoon the yeast on one side of the bowl, and the salt on the other side.
- Pour in the warm water and with your regular mixer paddle, mix on low speed until the dough comes together in a mass.
- Switch to the dough hook. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Dough should clear the sides but stick to the bottom. If it is too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. If too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water to dough to adjust.
- Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
- Turn the mixer on again and mix for 3 minutes. (If mixing by hand, mix for 6 minutes, then let rest for 7 minutes and mix again for 7 minutes.)
- Take the dough out and place on the counter. Remember that 1/4 cup of flour that we reserved? We’ll use it now.
- As you knead the dough by hand, incorporate more flour as you need.
- Knead by hand until the dough is very satiny, smooth, tight and formed into a nice, compact ball.
- Place this dough in a large lightly oiled bowl
- Turn dough over so that all sides have a thin coating of oil.
- Cover with plastic wrap and set in warm place for 1 1/2 hours to let rest and rise.
- Dough should almost double in size.
- While the dough is rising, about 1 hour into the rising stage, preheat your oven to 450F and place your pizza stone, inverted baking sheet or covered cast iron pot into the oven to heat up.
- If you are using a loaf pan for steam, also place that into the oven, on the very bottom rack, off to one side of the oven.
- After the dough has risen fully, punch dough down and form back into a ball. Poke your finger on the surface – the dough should give into the pressure and slowly creep back up.
- Ok, here’s the fun part. Cut the dough into half – you’ll shape one half at a time (keep the other piece under wraps)
- Pick up the dough – stretch it out until it forms a big rectangle.
- Dust your work surface with flour and fold over the ends of the dough inwards in 3rds.
- Now do a little “karate chop” lengthwise down the middle of the bread and stretch out the long ends again.
- Fold over in half. The karate chop helps get the middle tucked inside.
- Pinch all sides shut. This is important – you want to make sure that all ends including the short ends are pinched tightly to create a seal. This allows the bread to rise & expand up and out evenly. If the bread looks a little lopsided, you can try to fix it by letting it rest 5 minutes and gently stretching it out again. Just don’t knead the dough again – you’ll pop all the beautiful gas that took 1.5 hours to create!
- Turn the bread over so that it is seam side down.
- Cover the loaf with a damp kitchen towel. Repeat with the other dough ball.
- Leave the loaves to rest on your well-floured pizza peel or cutting board for 30 minutes.
- After bread is done rising, take a sharp paring knife and make 3-4 shallow, diagonal slashes on the surface of the loaf. This allows the steam in the bread to escape so that it expands evenly during the baking process.
- When you are ready to bake, remove your baking vessel from oven. Carefully slide the gorgeous loaf into or onto your baking vessel.
- If you are using pizza stone or inverted baking sheet: You can probably fit both loaves on it at the same time, just leave at least 6-8″ of space between the loaves. -> Get a 1/2 cup of water ready next to the stove.
- Open the stove, put your bread in the oven and throw the water on the oven floor or in the pre-heated loaf pan.
- Immediately close the oven door. This creates your steam. -> Bake 20-25 minutes.
- Check temperature of the bread – internal temperature should read 190-200F.
- Remove and let cool before cutting into it.
- If you are using a long cast-iron pot or covered baker: -> Before closing the lid on your pot/baker, put 1/4 cup of water directly in the pot. Cover immediately.
- Put pot in oven. -> Bake 10 minutes.
- Remove lid of pot. Bake another 14 minutes.
- Check temperature of the bread – internal should be 190-200F. Remove and let cool before cutting into it.
- Repeat with other loaf. (For convection ovens- bake 8 min covered, 10-12 min uncovered. Check temperature of bread)
- To re-crisp the crust, put in 375F oven for 5 minutes.
- Cut the bread and toast it!
Bonus: 19th Century Hot Chocolate
It seems like she just has hot water in her tea kettle. But we didn’t feel like making tea. So even though it probably wasn’t hot chocolate, we found a great recipe for 19th century hot chocolate. Remember, sweet chocolate didn’t come to be until later.
19th Century Hot Chocolate
|1 ounce||bakers chocolate|
- Scrape fine one square of Baker’s chocolate (which will be an ounce).
- Put it in a pint of boiling water and milk, mixed in equal parts.
- Boil ten minutes, and during this time mill it or whip it with a Dover egg-whip (one with a wheel), which will make it foam beautifully.
- Sweeten to the taste, at table.
Everything was alright. Nothing was blow-your-glass-slippers-off amazing. The best thing about the meal was the homemade toast. That was really good. The hot chocolate was kind of disappointing. Of course, I don’t love bitter chocolate, and it was pretty bitter.
Cream – 6/10
Corn – 6/10
Porridge – 7/10
Toast – 10/10
Hot Chocolate – 7/10