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Beauty and the Beast [Week 3] – Faux Pink Champagne, Green Jello, 5 cakes (French Chocolate, Versatile Vanilla, Butter Pecan, Rainbow Cake, French Chocolate (again)), Berry Sorbet, Green Pistachio Cupcakes, Strawberry cake, strawberry mousse

Quick links: Faux Pink Champagne | Green JelloVersatile Vanilla Cake | French Chocolate Cake | Butter Pecan Cake | Rainbow Cake | Berry Sorbet | Green Pistachio Cupcakes | Strawberry Cake | Strawberry Mousse | Verdict

 

Onto week three! This is the second half of one of my favorite songs in the Disney-verse, Be Our Guest. It’s basically a bunch of cakes! Since I posted the original be our guest video last week, here’s a horrible remake/remix from the Disney Channel original movie Descendants.

 

 

Faux Pink Champagne

This pink champagne acts as a diving pool for a bunch of utensils after a bunch of bottles blow their tops.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

 Naturally, we’re not using real alcohol, but I found a simple recipe for faux pink champagne. I didn’t really like it, but my wife did.

Faux Pink Champagne
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Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Cranberry Juice
  2. 2 cups Ginger Ale
  3. 1 cup 7-up
Instructions
  1. Mix and Chill
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Cogsworth’s Green Jello

Man, Cogsworth just has a bad time. He’s constantly getting flung into food.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I cheated on this one. I didn’t use a from-scratch recipe. I just followed the instructions on the back of a lime Jello box. Sorry everyone.

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Versatile Vanilla Cake Platform

Now onto the mountains of cakes. Lumiere uses cake platforms at the climax of the song

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We assumed that the 2 giant cakes at either side were just for show. But we made the other 5 cakes.
The one on the left, we made a Versitile Vanilla Cake.

Versatile Vanilla Cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  2. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 3 large egg yolks
  9. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour two 8-by-2-inch cake pans, tapping out excess flour.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. With mixer on low, beat in eggs and yolks, one at a time. Beat in vanilla.
  6. Alternately beat in flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until combined.
  7. Divide batter between pans; smooth tops.
  8. Bake until cakes pull away from sides of pans, 32 to 35 minutes.
  9. Let cool in pans 10 minutes.
  10. Run a knife around edges of pans and invert cakes onto a wire rack. Let cool completely.
  11. Place one cake, bottom side up, on a cake stand. Tuck strips of parchment paper underneath. Using an offset-spatula or table knife, spread top with Whipped Frosting. Top with remaining cake; frost top, then sides.
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French Chocolate Cake Platform

For the cake second from the left and the full right, we made a French Chocolate cake. This is a legit french recipe. We even had to translate it.

 

French Chocolate Cake
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 125 g flour
  2. 125 g butter
  3. 250 g sugar
  4. 200 g chocolate
  5. 4 eggs
  6. 1/2 packet of yeast
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 ° C (gas mark 6).
  2. Melt the chocolate in a saucepan with a little water.
  3. Off the heat, add the butter, flour and yeast.
  4. Prepare a foam with egg yolk , sugar and a little water; add it to the chocolate preparation.
  5. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and incorporate them into the pan gently.
  6. Pour into a mold greased with high edges, and bake for about 35 minutes.
  7. Let cool completely before frosting
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Butter Pecan Cake Platform

Lumiere’s cake is a butter pecan cake

Butter Pecan Cake
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box butter pecan cake mix
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 3/4 cup water
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp almond extract
Instructions
  1. Mix for 2 minutes in big bowl
  2. Cook as directed on back of box
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Rainbow Cake Platform

Last but not least, is the rainbow cake, second from the right. You can find the recipe for that in Alice in Wonderland
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Belle’s Berry Sorbet

At the end of the song, a few more goodies dance past Belle.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Notice that in this whole song, there were only a couple non-sugary dishes. Maybe the true intentions of the staff were to fatten Belle up so they could eat her! But I guess this isn’t a Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tale.

The first dish I believe is a sorbet of some sort. So here is Belle’s Berry Sorbet

 

Berry Sorbet
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
24 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
24 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1-3/4 cups sugar
  2. 1-3/4 cups water
  3. 2 cups raspberries
  4. 2 cups strawberries
  5. 1-1/2 cups real cherry juice
  6. 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  7. 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a large pot.
  2. Boil until the sugar has dissolved completely.
  3. Stir in the strawberries and raspberries.
  4. Continue cooking for ten minutes.
  5. Strain through a tight strainer.
  6. Refrigerate the juice until chilled and toss the pulp.
  7. Once your juice has cooled stir in the cherry juice, lime juice, and orange concentrate (I added a bit extra orange concentrate).
From here you have three options
  1. - pour mixture into an ice cream maker and follow instructions that came wit it.
  2. - pour into an air tight container. Freeze solid. Blend until smooth and freeze again.
  3. - pour into an air tight container and place into the freezer. Whisk every 20 minutes for the first two hours then freeze solid.
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Green Pistachio Cupcakes

Also we see some green frosted cupcakes. As the giant from Mickey and the Beanstalk would say, “smersmash, smishash, GREEEEEN FROSTING.”  We made some green pistachio frosting. For the cake, we used the leftover from our Butter Pecan recipe. 

Green Pistachio Frosting
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tub buttercream frosting
  2. 2 tbs ground pistachios
  3. 1 tablespoon almond paste
  4. 4 drops green food coloring
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients well
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Strawberry Cake

There is also ANOTHER cake. This time it seems to be a possibly strawberry cake.

Strawberry Cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
  2. 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
  3. 1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1/4 cup water
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
  4. 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
  5. 7 cups confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
For the frosting
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the strawberry extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.
  2. Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.
  3. Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen
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Strawberry Mousse

Last but not least, to round out the song. There is the mousse inside a tarte dish. We ran out of time to put it in a pie dish, but the mousse is the main event anyway.

Strawberry Mousse
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Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
2 hr 25 min
Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
2 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
  2. 1/2 cup sugar, divided $
  3. 5 tablespoons water, divided
  4. 3/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  5. Dash of salt
  6. 2 large egg whites
  7. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Combine chopped strawberries and 1 tablespoon sugar in the bowl of a mini chopper or food processor, and toss gently.
  2. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Process until smooth.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons water in a large bowl, and sprinkle with gelatin.
  5. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Place 6 tablespoons sugar, the remaining 3 tablespoons water, and dash of salt in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 240° (about 4 minutes).
  7. Add egg whites to gelatin mixture; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy.
  8. Gradually add remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, beating at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually pour hot sugar syrup into egg white mixture, beating first at medium speed and then at high speed until stiff peaks form. (It helps to form the peaks if you beat with the bowl resting in a larger bowl of ice or ice water)
  9. Beat in vanilla.
  10. Place cream in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  11. Gently fold one-fourth of egg white mixture into whipped cream.
  12. Fold in the remaining egg white mixture.
  13. Fold in strawberry mixture.
  14. Spoon about 1/2 cup mousse into each of 6 dessert glasses; chill 2 hours or until set.
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Will it make you Our Guest?

All the food, minus the faux champagne, was delightful. My favorite was actually the strawberry cake. It was so fruity, sweet and moist.

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Verdict:

Faux Pink Champagne – 6.5/10

Green Jello – 8/10 (what can I say, Lime Jello is delicious)

Vanilla Cake – 8.5/10

French Chocolate cake – 8.5/10

Butter Pecan Cake – 9/10

Berry Sorbet – 9.5/10

Green Pistachio Frosting – 8.5/10

Strawberry Cake – 10/10

Strawberry Mousse – 8.5/10

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Beauty and the Beast [Week 2] – The Grey Stuff, Custard, French Potato Soup, Crescent Rolls (sausage-filled and chocolate filled), Cream Cheese Pesto Spread, Salmon Pate, Misc Hors d’oeurves, Berry Pie, Beef Ragout, Cheese Souffle, Blueberry Box Pie En Flambe, Chocolate Pudding (mousse) en Flambe

Quick links: Custard | French Potato SoupThe Grey Stuff | Crescent Rolls (sausage filled and chocolate filled) | Cream Cheese Pesto Spread | Salmon Pate | Misc Hors d’oeurves | Beef Ragout | Cheese Souffle | Berry Pie | Blueberry Box Pie En Flambe | Chocolate Pudding (mousse) en Flambe | Verdict

 

Yay! Onto week two of Beauty and the Beast! This week will cover the first half of the Be Our Guest song.

There is SO much delectable food this week, including the long awaited GREY STUFF!!!!! (Yes, before you go and ask the dishes, I’ll tell you that it is delicious). So relax, pull up a chair as DisneyMeals proudly presents, Beauty and the Beast pt 2.

Cogsworth Custard

So before the song even starts, when Cogsworth is fighting against feeding Belle, he gets knocked into a custard-like substance.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

That brings us to our first recipe. Homemade Custard!

Cogsworth Custard
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 ml milk
  2. 50 ml heavy cream
  3. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 80 g caster sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 tablespoons flour
Instructions
  1. Combine milk and vanilla in a saucepan. Heat until it starts to softly boil.
  2. While the milk is heating, beat the eggs and sugar in a medium bowl until the mixture is a pale yellow.
  3. Add the flour and stir.
  4. Add the boiling milk and mix well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pot and cool over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens.
  6. Serve warm or place in refrigerator and serve chilled
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Soup Du Jour (French Potato Soup)

Now onto the song. The first food sung about is Soup du Jour, which actually means Soup of the Day.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

That means I got to pick any frenchy soup I wanted. I made a really really good Creamy French Potato Soup!

Soup Du Jour (French Potato Soup
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 c diced potatoes
  2. 1/2 c finely chopped green onions
  3. 1/2 c chopped parslay
  4. 4 Tbsp good olive oil
  5. 1 qt chicken broth, low salt
  6. 1 Tbsp salt
  7. 1/2 tsp pepper
  8. 2 c heavy cream
  9. 4 Tbsp all purpose flour
  10. 1 bay leaf
Instructions
  1. 1 Saute potatoes, onion and parslay in oil. Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until pototpes are tender and translucent.
  2. 2 Add stock, bay leaf and seasonings. Mix together cream and flour. Add to potatoes. Simmer 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. To serve:heat and garnish with chives.
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The Hors d’oeurves

The next couple of recipes are all on one plate. So I won’t provide separate pictures for the each recipe.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

The Grey Stuff (It’s Delicious)

Ok ok, we’re always asked if we have made the grey stuff. It is one of the most requested recipes on this blog. We finally have it for you. We took from what Be Our Guest restaurant makes in Disney World. I figure their recipe should be close, as they are official. So without further ado, here is the recipe for the Grey Stuff!

The Grey Stuff
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups milk
  2. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  3. 1 package (3.4 oz.) Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix
  4. 1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping at room temperature
  5. 3 tbsp Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  6. 15 Oreo cookies
Instructions
  1. Gently whisk the vanilla pudding, milk and heavy cream in a large bowl
  2. Chill mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes
  3. While chilling, place Oreos into a food processor or blender and blend until they are a dust.
  4. Mix the Oreo powder with the chilled pudding mixture
  5. Add the chocolate pudding mixture and stir.
  6. Carefully fold in the whipped topping until uniformly mixed
  7. Chill in refrigerator for 1+ hours.
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Crescent Rolls (sausage-filled and chocolate filled)

There are 2 different crescent rolls on the hors d’oeurve plate. One with a sausage inside and one with something else. I had no idea what that something else was, so I decided it was chocolate. This is a recipe for the crescent rolls. You may insert whatever you would like in the middle before you roll and cook them. Also, Pillsbury crescent rolls would be a good substitute if you don’t want to go through this lengthy process

Crescent Rolls with sausage or chocolate
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  2. 1/3 cup warm water
  3. 1/4 cup white sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 eggs
  6. 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
  7. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1/8 c butter (softened)
For Filling
  1. 15 lil-smokey sausages
  2. or 1/2 cup Nutella
Instructions
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Stir in sugar, salt, eggs, butter, and 1 cups of flour.
  3. Beat until smooth. Mix in remaining flour until smooth.
  4. Scrape dough from side of bowl.
  5. Knead dough, then cover it and let rise in a warm place until double (about 1 1/2 hours).
  6. Punch down dough.
  7. Roll into a 12-inch circle.
  8. Spread with butter.
  9. Cut into 10 to 15 wedge.
  10. Place filling inside of roll (whether it be sausage or nutella)
  11. Roll up the wedges starting with the wide end.
  12. Place rolls with point under on a greased baking sheet.
  13. Cover and let rise until double (about 1 hour).
  14. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 12-15 minute or until golden brown.
  15. Brush tops with butter when they come out of the oven.
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Cream Cheese Pesto Spread

The hors d’oeurve with the olive is probably something from the artist’s imagination. I decided to interpret it as a creamy pesto spread!

Creamy Pesto Spread
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Pesto
  2. 1 1/4 cup Cream Cheese
  3. 1 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until uniformly mixed.
  2. Place on crackers or bread and enjoy
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Salmon Pate

On the left side of the plate, there is a cracker with a pink blob on it. Some Disney Meals fans helped me sleuth that it was probably a salmon pate. 

Salmon Pate
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
17 min
Ingredients
  1. 150 g Salmon fillet
  2. A couple leaves of fresh parsley
  3. Salt and pepper to taste
  4. 1 tub of garden vegetable cream cheese
  5. 1 tbs lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Grill the salmon fillet, topped with fresh parsley and salt and pepper.
  2. Add cooked fillet to a food processor with cream cheese and lemon juice
  3. Blend until pureed.
  4. Serve on crackers
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Misc Hors d’oeurves

There are some Hors d’oeurves that don’t really have recipes.

  • On the right, presunto with cheese on top
  • On the right by the presunto, a cracker with red caviar
  • On the left, a mini-sandwich. I put Nutella in the middle

Beef Ragout

Some dishes begin to dance in front of Belle. The first is Beef Ragout.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Beef Ragout, I found out, is a French beef stew.

Beef Ragout
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
  2. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  4. 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes
  5. 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
  6. 4 carrots, chopped
  7. 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  8. 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  9. 2 tablespoons Dijon-style prepared mustard
Instructions
  1. Combine meat and flour in a large plastic food storage bag and toss to coat evenly.
  2. In a 6 quart saucepan brown meat in hot vegetable oil.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. Add diced tomatoes, beef broth, carrots, potatoes and thyme.
  5. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover; and simmer for 1 hour or until beef is tender.
  6. Blend in mustard and serve.
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Cheese Souffle

The next dancing dish is a Cheese Souffle.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I was SUUUUPER nervous about making this. I had never made a souffle before and I had always heard how hard it is.  And….well it is hard. I messed up and accidentally put in too many eggs. But surprisingly, it turned out great. 

Cheese Souffle
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
  2. 1 cup milk, whole
  3. 2 1⁄2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, unbleached
  5. 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
  6. 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  8. 4 large egg yolks
  9. 5 large egg whites
  10. 1 cup gruyere cheese, packed coarsely (about 4 ounces) (can substitute for swiss cheese)
Instructions
  1. Position rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
  2. Butter 6-cup (1-1/2 quart) souffle dish.
  3. Add Parmesan cheese and tilt dish, coating bottom and sides.
  4. Warm milk in heavy small saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming.
  5. Meanwhile, melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Add flour and whisk until mixture begins to foam and loses raw taste, about 3 minutes; do not allow mixture to brown).
  7. Remove saucepan from heat; let stand 1 minute.
  8. Pour in warm milk, whisking constantly until very thick, 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat; whisk in paprika, salt, and nutmeg.
  10. Add egg yolks 1 at a time, whisking to blend after each addition.
  11. Scrape souffle base into large bowl.
  12. Cool to lukewarm. DO AHEAD; can be made 2 hours ahead.
  13. Cover and let stand at room temperature.
  14. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in another large bowl until stiff but not dry.
  15. Fold 1/4 of whites into lukewarm or room temperature souffle base to lighten.
  16. Fold in remaining whites in 2 additions while gradually sprinkling in Gruyere cheese.
  17. Transfer batter to prepared dish.
  18. Place dish in oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  19. Bake until souffle is puffed and golden brown on top and center moves only slightly when dish is shaken gently, about 25 minutes (do not open oven door during first 20 minutes).
  20. Serve immediately.
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Berry Pie

She picks the cherry off a pie. 

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We just made a mini pie for this.

Berry Pie
Full berry pie
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pie crust
  2. Pie dough for the top of pie
  3. 5 cups blackberries (or mixed berries)
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. Blueberries and cherry to top
Instructions
  1. Place the berries into the prepared pie tin.
  2. Heat water to a boil
  3. Reduce heat and add sugar and stir until thickened
  4. Pour sugar water mixture over berries
  5. Place flattened pie dough on top of pie
  6. Cut slits in top of pie for ventilation.
  7. Cook for 30 minutes or until the pie is a golden brown
  8. Top with berries and a cherry
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Pie (en flambe)

So it is a little bit unclear of what is en flambe. I took to assume that pie and pudding are joint and en flambe, even though Lumiere only flambes the pie. 

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Here’s the recipe for the box pie

 

Blueberry Box Pie en Flambe
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pints blueberries (4 cups)
  2. 3⁄4 cup sugar
  3. 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  4. 3 tablespoons water
  5. 1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
  6. 1 tsp lemon juice
  7. 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
  8. 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
  9. 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
  10. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  11. 1 egg, well beaten with
  12. 1 pinch salt, for egg washing top of pie
  13. 2 tablespoons sugar, for top of pie
  14. 2 boxes of pie dough mix
  15. 2 tbs rum
Instructions
  1. Combine 1 cup berries with 3/4 cup sugar in pan.
  2. Simmer on low heat until sugar is melted and mixture is very liquid; about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine cornstarch and water in bowl.
  4. Add to pan with blueberries.
  5. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to full boil and is clear and thick.
  6. Pour hot mixture into large bowl.Cool until warm.
  7. Fold in remaining 3 cups of blueberries, lemon rind, lemon juice, cream of tartar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Prepare the pie dough as directed.
  10. In a box-shaped dish (we used a 9x7 bread pan), line with pie dough.
  11. Add the filling to the dish.
  12. Add top crust and brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar.
  13. Preheat oven to 400°F but reduce heat to 375°F when you put pie in oven. Bake about 40 minutes. Check pie halfway through baking; cover edges with a strip of foil if edges are getting too brown.
For Flambe
  1. In a heatproof container, pour 4 tbs rum.
  2. With a long match, immediately light rum on fire.
  3. Let burn for a bit and then pour onto the pudding.
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Pudding (en flambe)

We made a video of flambe-ing the pie and pudding.

And here’s the recipe for the mousse/pudding

 

Pudding en Flambe
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
  2. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  3. 3 eggs, separated*
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  5. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  6. 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 2 tbs Rum for flambe
Instructions
  1. Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double boiler).
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  4. Add the egg yolks to the chocolate, 1 by 1, beating with a whisk until incorporated.
  5. Set aside.
  6. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy.
  7. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat.
  8. Gradually whisk in 1/4 cup sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  9. Beat heavy cream in a chilled bowl until it begins to foam and thicken up. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and vanilla. Continue to whip the cream until it holds soft peaks.
  10. Gradually and gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it.
  11. Then, delicately fold in the whipped cream.
  12. Take care not over work the mousse.
  13. Divide mousse into 4 individual glasses.
  14. Cover and chill for several hours.
For Flambe
  1. In a heatproof container, pour 2 tbs rum.
  2. With a long match, immediately light rum on fire.
  3. Let burn for a bit and then pour onto the pudding.
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Will it be a Dinner that’s Never Second Best?

Oh man, this was amazing. The grey stuff really was the best. Everyone that tried it raved about it. There really wasn’t a bad food out of all of this.

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Verdict:

Custard – 8.5/10

French Potato Soup – 9.5/10

The Grey Stuff – 10/10

Crescent Rolls (sausage filled) – 7/10

Crescent Rolls (chocolate filled) 6.5/10

Cream Cheese Pesto Spread – 7/10

Salmon Pate – 7/10

Presunto with Cheese – 7/10

Red Caviar on Cracker – 6/10

Sandwich with Nutella – 6/10

Beef Ragout – 7/10

Cheese Souffle – 8.5/10

Berry Pie – 8/10

Blueberry Box Pie En Flambe – 8/10

Chocolate Pudding (mousse) en Flambe – 8.5/10

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Beauty and the Beast [Week 1] – Baker’s bread (Pumpkin bread, French Rolls and Baguettes), Pink French Yogurt Cake, Raw Eggs, and [ginger] beer

Quick links: Pumpkin Bread | RollsBaguette | Cake | [Ginger] Beer | Eggs and the rest | Verdict

 

Bonjour! So this week is Beauty and the Beast. Lucky for you and us, there are TONS of foods shown in this movie. So instead of just one week dedicated to the movie, you get FOUR! This week covers from the start until Be Our Guest. Be Our Guest itself will be divided into two weeks and then we’ll do one of Be Our Guest and onward. So now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair as Disney Meals proudly presents – Beauty and the Beast!

 

Baker’s Pumpkin Bread

There are a lot of different foods shown in the Bonjour song. The first lyric when you actually get into the song is “There goes the baker with his tray like always. The same old bread and rolls to sell.”  

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We have made normal bread in other posts, so we decided to make some pumpkin bread. There is a man in the town that is lugging around pumpkins, so it’s not a far stretch that the baker could be carrying pumpkin bread. (Plus, we just really like pumpkin bread)

Baker's Pumpkin Bread
Serves 24
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 1 cup vegetable oil
  4. 2/3 cup water
  5. 3 cups white sugar
  6. 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  9. 2 tsp lemon juice
  10. 1 tsp rum
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  12. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  13. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  14. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans or 1 9x4 inch pan and then 6 cup cakes.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, rum, lemon juice, oil, water and sugar until well blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
  6. Pour into the prepared pans.
  7. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven.
  8. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
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Baker’s Rolls

The baker also has rolls.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

So we made some yummy french rolls that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside

 

Baker's Rolls to Sell
Serves 4
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Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Prep Time
2 hr 30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  2. 1 teaspoon of salt
  3. 1 package of active dry yeast
  4. 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  5. 3/4 cup of lukewarm water that is divided
  6. 1/2 cup of lukewarm milk
Instructions
  1. Sift the flour and salt in a bowl and then set aside.
  2. Mix 1/4 cup of water with yeast and stir until it has dissolved.
  3. Mix in the sugar and let stand for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Make a well in the flour and pour the yeast mixture in.
  5. Add the milk and 1/4 cup water and mix together.
  6. Add the rest of the water slowly until dough is soft and moist.
  7. Knead for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Place in oiled bowl and cover it with a damp towel.
  9. Let rise for about 2 hours.
  10. Place dough on floured surface and punch down.
  11. Cover it again and then let it rest for about 5 minutes.
  12. Divide it into 10 pieces.
  13. Roll each piece into oval shape and then place on a baking sheet.
  14. Cover with damp towel and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  15. Slice a slit down the center (vertically) on each roll.
  16. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  17. While rolls are at rest, place a dish that is oven proof and with about 1 1/3 inch of water in it in the lower part of the oven and heat it to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  18. Bake the rolls for about 15 minutes and then let cool down. Serve.
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Marie the Baguettes!

Now, the movie doesn’t actually show the baguettes, but I love the line the baker says. “That’s nice. MARIE, the baguettes! Hurry up!”  So we made some baguettes.  They were similar to the rolls, but I think this recipe is better.

 

Marie, The Baguettes!
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup water
  2. 1/4 cup milk
  3. 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  4. 1 tablespoon white sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 package yeast
  7. 1 egg yolk
  8. 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Sift the flour and salt in a bowl and then set aside.
  2. Mix 1/4 cup of water with yeast and stir until it has dissolved.
  3. Mix in the sugar and let stand for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Make a well in the flour and pour the yeast mixture in.
  5. Add the milk and rest of the water and mix together
  6. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides.
  7. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
  8. Punch down dough.
  9. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 16x12 inch rectangle.
  10. Cut dough in half, creating two 8x12 inch rectangles.
  11. Roll up each half of dough tightly, beginning at 12 inch side, pounding out any air bubbles as you go.
  12. Roll gently back and forth to taper end. It might help to have damp hands.
  13. Place 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  14. Make deep diagonal slashes across loaves every 2 inches, or make one lengthwise slash on each loaf.
  15. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
  16. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  17. Mix egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water; brush over tops of loaves.
  18. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown
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Pink French Yogurt Cake

In the song we also see the baker walking around with a pink cake.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I decided to make some French Yogurt cake and frost it with pink cream cheese frosting. Even though I accidentally overcooked it a bit, it turned out really well and tasty. 

 

Pink French Yogurt Cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. nonstick vegetable oil spray
  2. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  7. 3/4 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
  8. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
  12. 1 can cream-cheese frosting (can dye pink with red food coloring)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat a 9" circular cake pan with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Dust with flour; tap out excess.
  3. Whisk 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Using your fingers, rub 1 cup sugar with 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest in a large bowl until sugar is moist.
  5. Add 3/4 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 large eggs, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; whisk to blend.
  6. Fold in dry ingredients just to blend.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top.
  8. Bake until top of cake is golden brown and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes.
  9. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert onto rack; let cool completely.
  10. Frost with cream cheese frosting
Notes
  1. Can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature. Makes 1 layer of cake. For a 2 layer cake, double recipe.
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[Ginger] Beer

As it is normal for Disney movies, there is lots of alcohol. So when Gaston is in the tavern, and everyone is singing about how great he is, there is a lot of beer shown.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

So we decided to make some ginger beer! It turned out well!

[Ginger] Beer
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
24 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
24 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. About 1/4 pound ginger, peeled
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  4. 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  5. About 2 quarts water
Instructions
  1. Grate enough ginger using fine grater to measure 3 1/2 tablespoons, then put in a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl to collect juice, pressing on solids and then discarding. I also found that putting the ginger in a coffee filter or a teabag and let it steep in 1 cup of hot water for 15 minutes does the job too.
  2. Place funnel in neck of bottle and pour in 3 tablespoons ginger juice (reserve any remaining for another use).
  3. Add sugar, lemon juice, yeast, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Fill bottle with water, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of space at top.
  5. Remove funnel and screw cap on tightly.
  6. Gently shake bottle to dissolve sugar.
  7. Let stand at room temperature until plastic feels hard and no longer indents when squeezed, 24 to 36 hours.
  8. Chill ginger beer until very cold.
Notes
  1. Ginger beer keeps, chilled, 1 week.
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5 Dozen Eggs, and the rest

Now for the fun part. Gaston eats 5 dozen eggs now that he is grown.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I had never eaten raw eggs plain. So I ate some rocky style. It actually wasn’t that bad.

Back to the Bonjour song, A sheep eats a corner of Belle’s book.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

So I ate some paper for good measure.

There is also a wedding cake shown for Gaston’s failed proposal.

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(Credit: Disney)

You can refer to Lady and the Tramp for a good Wedding Cake recipe.  There is also some wine shown in the tavern. You can check out Fantasia for that.


Will it Make you the Size of a Barge?

So everything was really good. The baguette was better than the french rolls. The pumpkin bread is delicious especially with a little butter on it. The cake, although overcooked was really really good and would probably be even better if it were cooked right, and the ginger beer wasn’t all that bad!

 

Verdict:

Pumpkin Bread – 9/10

French Rolls – 7/10

Baguette – 8/10

Pink Yogurt Cake – 9/10

Ginger Beer – 6/10 first sip 7/10 once you get used to it

Eggs – 5/10

Paper – 5/10

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The Rescuers – Moonshine and Gingersnaps

Quick links: Luke’s Moonshine (non-alcoholic) | Penny’s Gingersnaps |  Verdict

It had been a LOOOONG time since I had seen The Rescuer’s. One of my favorite Disney movies as a kid was The Rescuer’s Down Under, but I never had a huge affinity toward the original Rescuer’s movie. Watching it again made me like it a bit more. It was a very charming movie. It’s also on Netflix right now if you want to [re]watch it.

 

Luke’s Moonshine (Non-Alcoholic)

Louisiana Muskrats make the best moonshine. That’s a well-known fact. And if it weren’t for Luke’s moonshine, Evinrude the dragonfly would have failed. Luke’s moonshine actually helped out a few people. Giving them insane energy with a spicy kick.

Keeping with this family-friendly blog, I tried to find a good base to start off with for making a non-alcoholic moonshine that would produce the desired effects of Luke’s moonshine. Through my searching, I found a recipe based on one of my absolute favorite non-disney franchises, Harry Potter. Firewhiskey. I found a recipe and tried making it. It didn’t turn out the greatest. I modified it to fit more of a Rescuer’s theme. This recipe will definitely take some reworking though.

Luke's Moonshine (Non-Alcoholic)
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
12 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
12 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale
  2. 3 (1 inch) pieces fresh ginger root
  3. 1/2 cup cinnamon red hot candies
  4. 2 cinnamon sticks, or more to taste
  5. 2 habanero (or cayenne) peppers, cut into large pieces
  6. 1 tsp Louisiana Hot Sauce
  7. 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  8. 1 can Red Bull
  9. 1 Package Kool-aid (I used grape)
  10. 8 cups water
  11. 1 cup sugar
  12. A few drops of red food coloring
Instructions
  1. Combine the ginger ale, ginger, red hot candies, hot sauce, chili powder and cinnamon sticks in a large container (I used a milk jug)
  2. Refrigerate until the candies dissolve completely, 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Mix the Kool-aid as directed with the water and sugar (I used less water for a stronger flavor). Set aside.
  4. Add the habanero (cayenne) peppers, Red Bull, and 2 cups of the Kool-aid mixture to the ginger ale mixture for 4 hours or desired time.
  5. Remove and discard peppers.
  6. Serve in small glasses.
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Penny’s Gingersnaps

The first food we see is when Penny is in the orphanage in Rufus’s flashback. Penny feeds Rufus a gingersnap. 

He licks it and thinks its a catnip snap. We might have to make those sometime too, for all you cat-lovers out there.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We’ve made some delicious (one of our favorite recipes) gingersnaps before in our Sleeping Beauty post. Here’s the recipe.

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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Will your Eyes Spiral and your Mouth Smoke?

The firewhiskey was kinda disappointing. I was hoping for something a lot tastier…or at least with more of a kick. 

The gingersnaps were great, as always. I highly recommend those.

Verdict:

Moonshine – 5/10
Gingersnaps – 10/10

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The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh – Honey, Hero Cake, Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam, Succotash, Wheat Bread, [BONUS] Squash Alfredo Penne

Quick links: Honey! | Hero Cake | Hero Cookies | Wheat Bread | Succotash | Squash Alfredo | Verdict

 


 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

We’re upgrading to a custom domain! Starting this week, the blog will now live here: http://disneymeals.me! I’ll have a link from the old site to the new site next week too if you forget. Also, with that change, over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be giving the site a visual facelift. So keep on checking back for the shiny new upgrades. Now onto the post


 

 
I’m so rumbly in my tumbly. Time to munch an early luncheon. Haha. I had forgotten how clever and witty Winnie the Pooh was. I was smiling the whole time and it really brightened my wife’s mood. Of course, when you think of Pooh bear, you automatically think of honey. I love honey. So this week was amazing for me.

 

Honey!!!!!

Pooh loves his honey. Here’s some honey!

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

HONEY!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Honey of Honey
  2. 3 Honeys with Honey
  3. Honey to taste
Instructions
  1. Stick your hand in honey pot or bee hive
  2. EAT EAT EAT!
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Pooh’s Hero Cake

At the end of the flood, Pooh erroneously gets made into a hero for eating honey out of a pot while he floated down the river. Graciously, Pooh let little Piglet  join in later in the movie. Even though Piglet was the real hero.  It amazes me how loving and unassuming all the characters are.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

 

My wife wanted to try this soda cake recipe. Since we don’t really know what kind of cake Christopher Robin and friends are eating (other than it was pink with chocolate frosting), we decided to make it.

Pooh's Hero Cake
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Box White Cake Mix
  2. 1 Can Strawberry Soda (12 oz)
  3. 1.5 containers Chocolate Frosting
Instructions
  1. Place cake mix in the bowl. Don't add any of the ingredients mentioned on the box.
  2. Mix in strawberry soda
  3. Put into baking pans and bake as instructed on box
  4. Let cool and then frost with chocolate frosting
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Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam

Along with the Hero Cake, there were some cookies with jam centers.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Piglet Hero Cookies with Jam
Serves 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
14 min
Total Time
34 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
14 min
Total Time
34 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter, no substitutes
  2. 2⁄3 cup sugar
  3. 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract or 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1⁄2 cup jam, for the centers
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Beat in extract
  3. Gradually blend in flour
  4. Cover and refrigerate for an hour
  5. Roll into one-inch balls and place one inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet
  6. With the end of a wooden spoon make a indention in the ball and fill with jam
  7. I have used Variety of jams and jellies Raspberry being the best! but Apricot is yummmie too, along with apple, blackberry, blueberry the possibilities are endless.
  8. Bake at 350 for 14 to 18 minute.
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Rabbit’s Wheat Bread

Pooh invades Rabbit’s house to get something to eat. Rabbit offers Pooh some bread with condensed milk or honey. Pooh responds “Honey please, but no bread” Oh silly bear.

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(Credit: Disney)

But we made some wheat bread like rabbit and tried eating it with honey AND condensed milk

Rabbit's Wheat Bread
Serves 24
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
2 hr 45 min
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
2 hr 45 min
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 3⁄4 cups hot water
  2. 1⁄3 cup olive oil, any oil is fine
  3. 1⁄3 cup honey
  4. 2 tablespoons molasses
  5. 1 tablespoon salt, Sea Salt is good
  6. 7 1⁄2 cups of 100% whole grain wheat flour
  7. 2 tablespoons dry active yeast
Instructions
  1. Place the first five ingredients in the bowl and mix.
  2. Add: 2 Cups 100% Whole Grain Wheat Flour. (to cool the water and end up with warm dough) Mix then add 2 Tbs of Dry Active Yeast. If your not sure about your yeast proof it in a little warm water first.
  3. Add: 4 Cups of 100% Whole Grain Wheat Flour.
  4. Mix until the consistency is some what even. Then continue to slowly add flour 1/2 Cup at a time until the dough quits sticking to the sides of the bowl. It should be tacky to the touch. The trick is to have enough consistency to stand up with the least amount of flour so the bread will be fluffy. It will most likely be 6 1/2 cups but in any case do not exceed 7 1/2 cups of wheat flour. You can trade one cup of wheat flour for one cup of all purpose white if you wish. Don't over mix or the bread will be tough.
  5. When your dough is finished, leave it in the mixer, cover the bowl and let it rise for about 30-45 minutes. The dough will be larger but it doesn't need to double.
  6. Grease two bread pans with Crisco. You can also flour the pans to reduce sticking.
  7. Mix the dough again just enough to knock it down at least close to the original size.
  8. Drop the dough on a floured surface so you can work the dough and shape it. Shape it with your hands to make a nice ball getting enough flour on it so it isn't sticky. Divide the ball in half and do it again. Shape the loaves by turning the dough under it's self over and over. When the dough is shaped the sides and ends will be sealed and all you will see is a nice oblong shaped loaf with smooth sides and top. Drop the loaves in your bread pans and let them rise until almost doubled. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 36 minutes. If you forgot to preheat 41 minutes. (gas oven).
  9. When done turn the bread out of the pan to a rack to cool. You can eat it right away (a great time for real butter) don't wrap it until completely cooled. (Condensation will make it soggy) Put in tinfoil to store on the counter. If you put it in the refrigerator it will turn into a brick. Enjoy.
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Gopher’s Ssssssssuccotash

Pooh gets fat and gets stuck in Rabbit’s hole. Gopher is hired to get him out. In the middle of the night he appears with a mighty fine lunch. Summer squash, Summer salad, succotash, and honey.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Since summer squash and summer salad are pretty straightforward, and we already covered honey, we made some succotash. I had never really known what it was. It actually is a pretty tasty side.

Gopher's Ssssssuccotash
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter, divided
  2. 2 cups fresh lima beans
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 4 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  5. 2 teaspoons white sugar
  6. 4 ears fresh corn kernels, cut from the cob
Instructions
  1. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in lima beans and salt, and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan heat tomatoes, sugar and remaining 1/2 cup butter.
  3. Cook until tomatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Stir tomatoes into lima beans and add corn; cook 10 minutes more.
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[BONUS] Squash Alfredo Penne

So since lots of veggies are shown in Winnie the Pooh (like the summer squash and some from rabbit’s garden), I decided to make a nice pasta dish that incorporated many of the dishes.

This is a 100% original Disney Meals Recipe.

Squash Alfredo Penne
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
For the sauce
  1. 1 Acorn Squash
  2. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  3. 2/3 cup cream
  4. 1/3 cup milk
  5. 1/2 tsp basil
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
For the rest
  1. 1/2 box penne (cooked)
  2. 2 Fresh Tomatoes
  3. 1 Summer Squash
  4. 1 tsp thyme
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp pepper
  7. 1 tbs olive oil
  8. 1 lbs chicken (diced)
  9. 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  10. salt to taste
  11. 2-3 tbs butter
For the sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cut Acorn squash in half
  3. Place squash halves in a baking dish
  4. Fill bottom of baking dish with about an inch of water
  5. Cook squash halves for an hour
  6. When the squash are done, scoop out of skin and place in blender or food processor with parmesan cheese, cream, milk and spices
  7. Blend and then transfer into pot and simmer on low
For the rest
  1. While the Acorn squash is roasting, cut the summer squash into thin discs and dice the tomatoes.
  2. Place them in a bowl with olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper
  3. Shake the bowl up so the spices get evenly dispersed.
  4. Melt 1 tbs butter in a pan
  5. Brown the diced chicken
  6. After the chicken is cooked, add the rest of the butter to melt
  7. Add the tomatoes and summer squash, and balsamic vinegar
  8. Cover and cook on medium low for 30-45 minutes.
  9. Add the chicken and veggies to cooked penne and add the acorn squash alfredo on top.
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Will it Stop the Rumbly in your Tumbly?

I love Winnie the Pooh. The show was so great and the food was tasty. I could probably just eat all the honey just like him. The cake had a nice twist. The bread was nice and moist and tasted great with honey and not as good with condensed milk, but still good. The cookies were nibbly numbly. The succotash was something I didn’t expect. It made for a great side. I might make it more often.

Verdict:

Honey – 15/10
Hero Cake – 8/10
Hero Cookies – 9/10
Wheat bread – 8/10
Succotash – 7.5/10
Squash Penne – 8.5/10
 

 

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Alice in Wonderland – Drink Me (Layered Drink), Eat Me (Sugar Cookies), Bread and Butterflies, Oysters on the Half-shell, Unbirthday Cake, Edible Plate, Mushroom

Quick links: Drink Me | Eat Me | Bread and Butterfly | Oysters | Unbirthday Cake | Edible Plate | Mushroom | Verdict

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I’ve always wanted to eat a plate. This was my chance. There is tons of crazy food in Alice in Wonderland. And the best part is that, since it takes place in a “wonderland” there is no wrong way to make the food.  It was great fun experimenting how to do the Drink Me and finding a way to make an edible plate. Now, before you ask, we didn’t eat a clock. That is one of the most memorable things in the movie, but since it wasn’t prepared as a food, we didn’t make it. Sorry 🙁

I forgot how entertaining Alice in Wonderland is too. The last time I had watched it, I was a little kid and half the movie went right over my head while the other half scared me. Watching it as an adult was much more enjoyable.

Drink Me (Cherry Tart, Custard, Pineapple, Roast Turkey Drink)

So you fall down a rabbit hole and land in a mysterious place? What is the first thing you do? Well drink a strange drink sitting on a table of course.

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(Credit: Disney)

She even examines it and notes that it might be poison, but downs it anyway.

Well it never really shows what is inside the “Drink Me” bottle, but she describes the flavors. At first it tastes like cherry tart, and then like custard, then pineapple, then roast turkey. That meant I got to make a multi-layered drink!

Drink Me

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:

Cherry Tart

1 pound red cherries
2 pounds sugar
1/2 pint water
3 bottles carbonated water (soda)

 

Custard

1.2 cups milk
1/4 cups cream
4 eggs yolks
2 Tbs sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pineapple

1 can Pineapple
1/4 c Sugar
1 tsp Lemon Juice

Roast Turkey

1/2 c Turkey
1/4 c Gravy
2 Tbs Cranberry Sauce
1/2 c Water
1/8 tsp Chicken Bouillon
Salt to Taste

Cherry Tart

  1. Put the clean, seedless cherries and sugar in a saucepan. If you want your cherries on the super-tart side, add less sugar.
  2. Cover the pan and leave at room temperature for 2 hours. The cherries need time to soak up the sweetness of the sugar. It’ll be so tangy that you’ll need the water to dilute it later.
  3. Add the 1/2 pint of water and stir until all the sugar dissolves. You’re looking for one mostly uniform consistency (the cherry chunks will keep it from being entirely uniform).
  4. Bring the contents up to a boil.
  5. Then reduce the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes. It should maintain a light bubble the entire time, reducing the liquid and turning almost syrupy.
  6. When finished, strain the mixture.
  7. Squeeze all the moisture from the cherries into a separate saucepan. Don’t just strain it — really squeeze out all the juices. Simmer the strained liquid until it thickens like maple syrup.
  8. Then take the pan off, let it cool to room temperature and move it to a sealed vessel for storage in a refrigerator
  9. Put one or two spoons of it into a glass of soda water. Sparkling water (or even just water) works, too.
  10. Feel free to experiment with the ratio to find your personal taste. It may take a try or two — but once you find the right combination, it’ll be easy.

Custard

  1. Bring milk and cream to a simmer slowly on low heat.
  2. Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together, add the egg yolks, combine well.
  3. Slowly whisk the warm milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Add vanilla. Return to the saucepan and stir gently until thickened. Serve hot, or cool to use as a layer in trifles, or fill tart pans.
  4. Tip. If using it hot, it can be kept warm in a jug set in a pan of hot water with a bit of cling film on top to prevent a skin forming.

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Pineapple

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend
  3. Chill

Roast Turkey

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend
  3. The mixture should be thick, but still able to move when you tilt the container.

Layering

There are a couple ways to layer the drinks. The first way is the way I used for the tube. Tilt the container pour each of the liquids, starting with the bottom-most liquid, slowly into the container. The contents should slide down the side of the container and rest on top of each other.

For more open-faced containers, you can use the spoon method. Pour the first liquid into the bottom of the container. Then place a spoon upside-down and at an angle, so the tip of the spoon is resting just above the bottom layer, and pour the second layer onto the spoon slowly. Move the spoon to cover the whole first layer.

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Eat Me Sugar Cookies

After she foolishly drinks the luckily-not-poisoned, but enlarging drink, she goes on and eats some strange cookies that appear out of no where in the hopes that she will shrink back down.

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These look like regular sugar cookies. We found a great recipe and whipped some up.

Eat Me Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: 4 dozen
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons buttermilk
sprinkles or colored sugar for decorating
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet.
  4. Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and place on a ungreased cookie sheet. With a brush or fingers, moisten the top of each cookie with the remaining buttermilk and slightly flatten the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with raw sugar or colored sprinkles.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.

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Bread and Butterflies

Ok, so this one is a little out of place. I’m combining two recipes. In the Walrus and the Carpenter section, the Carpenter makes some bread to go with the oysters,

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and later on, we see some wonderful, punny creatures, bread and butterflies. So here is the recipe for the bread, and then how to make the bread and butterflies. We weren’t exactly successful in making the bread and butterflies, but it was fun to try.

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Bread and Butterflies

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
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Ingredients:
4 cups white flour plus extra for dusting
7 grams fast-action dried yeast (one packet)
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups lukewarm water (give or take a little)
a little oil for greasing
  1. Make the dough by tipping the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and making a well in the middle.
  2. Pour in most of the water and use your fingers or a wooden spoon to mix the flour and water together until combined to a slightly wet, pillowy, workable dough – add a splash more water if necessary.
  3. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 10 mins until smooth and elastic.
  4. This can also be done in a tabletop mixer with a dough hook.
  5. Place the dough in a clean oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise until doubled in size.
  6. Heat oven to 430F/220C/fan 200C/gas 7.
  7. Knock back the dough by tipping it back onto a floured surface and pushing the air out.
  8. Mould the dough into a football ball shape that will fit a 900g loaf tin and place in the tin.
  9. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 30 mins.
  10. Dust the top of the loaf with a little more flour and slash the top with a sharp knife if you want.
  11. Bake the bread for 15 mins, then reduce the heat to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and continue to bake for 30 mins until the loaf sounds hollow when removed from the tin and tapped on the base.
  12. Leave the bread on a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. The loaf will stay fresh in an airtight container for 3 days or can be frozen for 1 month

Bread and Butterfly

  1. Get a pipe cleaner and fold it in half.
  2. Twist the ends together, but leave them seperated a bit to make antenna.
  3. Take a piece of bread and roll it over the pipe cleaner.
  4. Wet the edge of the bed so it sticks to itself in the roll.
  5. Slice 2 more pieces of bread for wings.
  6. Stick toothpicks in the bottom of the bread.
  7. Stick the wings into the body.
  8. Put honey at the top of the body and attach 2 googley eyes.
  9. Spread butter on the wings.

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Little Oysters on a Half-shell

The Walrus and the Carpenter is a pretty messed up story. They eat little baby oysters. Now, people do that all the time, but these were cute anthropomorphic little oysters. The carpenter goes into what he’s putting into the sauce to eat with the oysters. It turns out he was probably describing a mignonette. So I found a good recipe and made it with the raw oysters. Both me and my wife aren’t fond of oysters, but we stomached them anyway.

Little Oysters on a Half-shell

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Oysters

10-20 Oysters
Crushed Ice or rock salt

Mignonette

1 tablespoon coarsely ground white or black peppercorn (vary amount according to taste)
1/2 cup white wine vinegar (I used red, but white would be more accurate)
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots or sweet onions
1 tsp Ground mustard seed
salt to taste

 

 

 

 

Oysters

  1. Clean the oysters really well under running water with a course brush. Dirt is everywhere, so be sure to scrub, especially around the hinge
  2. Insert a butter knife as far into the hinge as possible.
  3. Rock the knife gently up and down as you push the knife further into the oyster
  4. The oyster will finally open.
  5. Detach it from the top and bottom of the shell, but leave it in the bottom.
  6. Place in crushed ice or rock salt.

Mignonette

  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Chill for at least an hour.
  3. Serve with the Oysters


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A Mad Unbirthday Cake

This was another fun recipe. When Alice meets the Mad Hatter, he gives her an unbirthday cake.

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(Credit: Disney)

We know what the outside looks like, but there was no way of knowing what the inside was because it explodes into a firework. So, it being wonderland, we had to do something interesting, so we made a multicolored cake!

A Mad Unbirthday Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1 box white (vanilla) cake mix
food coloring
2 cartons pink frosting
water **according to cake package
egg white **according to cake package
oil **according to cake package
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, add vanilla and milk.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Separate into 3 bowls.
  4. Dye each bowlful a different color.
  5. Pour batter into three 9″ cake pans that have been greased and floured.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely.
  8. Cut into cakes with 3″ and 6″ rings starting in the center (this will make it look like a target).
  9. Take the largest ring of one color, the 6″ ring of another color, and the 3″ center piece of the last color and put them together.
  10. This creates a new bottom layer.
  11. Frost.
  12. Continue to do this for all 3 layers.
  13. When you cut into the cake it will make a checkered pattern.
  14. Use pink frosting and white icing. Put one “trick” candle on top.
  15. Merry Unbirthday!

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Edible White Chocolate Plate

Another fun recipe. We see the mad hatter dip his saucer into his tea and take a bite out of it.

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(Credit: Disney)

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(Credit: Disney)

Now, I wasn’t too keen on ingesting glass, so I decided to make an edible saucer. I went through a few different possibilities. I thought about making sugar glass, but I wasn’t sure how to make it white. Then I thought, why not make it out of white chocolate, that’s already white.

I found a tutorial on how to make a mold. And made one for a plate. Note: I didn’t use nearly enough silicone. I would say use between 20-30 oz, not 10 like I did.

Edible White Chocolate Plate

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Hard
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Ingredients:
1 Package white chocolate chips
 3 10oz tubes Silicone
1/2 c dish soap
 64 oz water
  1. Follow the instructions here to make a mold of a plate
  2. Melt the white chocolate chips either in the microwave, on the stove or double boiler.
  3. Pour the melted white chocolate into the mold.
  4. Chill for 1-2 hrs
  5. Remove from mold and there you have your saucer..

 

 

 

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Mushroom to Help you Grow Big and Strong

Another thing Alice eats on the trust of others. The caterpillar just tells her to eat a mushroom when around 50% are inedible, 20% are toxic and 1% are deadly (Not sure if this is a credible source).

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(Credit: Disney)

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(Credit: Disney)

But lucky Alice, she didn’t die, just grew really big again.

Mushroom to Help you Grow Big and Strong

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Get a mushroom. Steam it in a steamer. Eat it. (You can put some salt or something on it)

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Will it Send you Down the Rabbit Hole?

Not the absolute tastiest movie, but one of the funnest cooks. I loved being able to try and figure out the different ways to make some of the stuff.

The Drink Me was interesting. It was fun being able to go through all the flavors. The cake and the cookies were probably the best part.

If you like oysters, then maybe you’ll like the oysters and mignonette, I dunno.

The edible plate was a good idea in concept, but for some reason, I couldn’t get the chocolate to melt right and I didn’t have enough silicone to make a full plate mold. If I had gotten it melted right, and had more silicone, I think it would have turned out better

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Verdict:

Drink Me – 7/10 (Cherry) 8/10 (Custard) 8/10 (Pineapple) 4/10 (Roast Turkey)

Eat Me Sugar Cookies – 9/10

Bread and Butterfly – 7/10

Oysters – 5/10 (Raw Oysters), 3/10 (Boiled Oysters) 7/10 (Mignonette)

Unbirthday Cake – 9/10

Edible Plate – 6/10

Mushroom – 6/10 (Would be better with seasoning)

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Saludos Amigos/Three Caballeros – Peruvian bread, Argentinian Asado (Steak and Sausage), Mate, Lemonade, Bahian Cookies (Quindins and Cocadas), and Cachaça

Quick links: Bread | Asado | Mate | Cachaça | Lemonade | Cocada | Quindins | Verdict [twitter-follow screen_name=’DisneyMeals’] Even being a huge Disney fanatic, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Saludos Amigos or Three Caballeros. Maybe I watched them when I was really small at my grandparent’s house, but I’m not sure. It seems pretty common that these two movies get overlooked, that’s…
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