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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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Nightmare Before Christmas – Snake and Spider Stew, Halloween Candy Canes, Sugar Cookies, Worm’s Wort Soup, Gingerbread Cookies, Hot Chocolate, and Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Quick links: Worm’s Wort Soup | Snake and Spider StewGingerbread Men | Halloween Candy Canes | Sugar Cookies | Hot Chocolate | Pineapple Upside-down Cake | Verdict

 

Welcome ghouls and goblins to the Halloween special of Disney Meals. We’re taking a break from our normal Walt Disney Studio’s animation and looking at Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas–a Halloween and Christmas classic. So go gather some spiders and severed limbs and get ready for some spooky treats!

 

Worm’s Wort Soup

Sally is some cook there. She makes the evil scientist his favorite, Worm’s Wort Soup. 

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Since Worm’s Wort doesn’t really exist and frog’s breath can’t really be considered and ingredient, I had to improvise. Now, something I found out is that wort is different than wart. Wart is the skin condition, but wort is a medicinal plant. So, I came up with my own green soup with plenty of Worts.

Worm's Wort Soup
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
27 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
27 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cups water
  2. 3 cubes chicken bouillon
  3. 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
  4. 1/4 cup fresh aloe (Worm's Wort)
  5. 4 tablespoons butter
  6. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 2 1/2 cups milk
  8. 1/2 cups cream
  9. 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  10. 1 tsp basil (frog's breath)
  11. 1 clove garlic
  12. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, bouillon, aloe and spinach.
  2. Bring to a boil, and cook until spinach is tender and aloe has dissipated.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add garlic
  5. Stir in flour, and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Gradually whisk in cream then milk.
  7. Season with minced onion, basil, salt, and pepper.
  8. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  9. Stir in spinach mixture.
  10. Serve with crushed bones or spider legs.
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Snake and Spider Stew

This might be Oogie Boogie’s favorite meal. After eating bugs for Lion King last week, I wanted to take a break. So no spiders or snakes. But here’s a chili-esque stew with meatball spiders and noodle snakes!

Snake and Spider Stew
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Medium Onions
  2. 2 tsp minced garlic
  3. 1 tbs olive oil
  4. 3 cans of black beans
  5. 1 can hot chili beans
  6. 1 can great northern beans
  7. 3 diced green peppers
  8. 2 cans of corn (drained)
  9. 2 cans petite dice tomatoes (lightly drained)
  10. 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinager
  11. 1 tbs dried oragano
  12. 3 tsp red chili peppers
  13. 2 tsp salt
  14. 2 tsp black pepper
  15. 1 tps paprika
  16. 1 tbs chili powder
  17. 2-3 tsp cumin
  18. 1 package meatballs
  19. pretzel sticks
  20. 1/2 package Bucatini
Instructions
  1. Mix all of it (besides the meatballs, pretzel sticks and bucatini) in the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours. Or cook on stove top until, heated thru, simmer for awhile to let flavors soak together.
  2. While that is cooking, prepare the meatballs.
  3. Break the pretzel sticks in half and jab them into the cooked meatballs. 4 to a side to make spider legs.
  4. Cook the bucatini in a pot of boiling water until mostly cooked through
  5. Drain
  6. 30 minutes before the stew is done, stir in the cooked bucatini, then place the meatball spiders on top.
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Gingerbread Men

During the making Christmas song we see little elves batch making gingerbread men. 

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Gingerbread Men
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Prep Time
4 hr 15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
4 hr 25 min
Prep Time
4 hr 15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
4 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups flour
  2. 2 teaspoons McCormick(R) Ginger, Ground
  3. 1 teaspoon McCormick(R) Cinnamon, Ground
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon McCormick(R) Nutmeg, Ground
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 3/4 cup butter, softened
  8. 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  9. 1/2 cup molasses
  10. 1 egg
  11. 1 teaspoon McCormick(R) Pure Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses, egg and vanilla;mix well.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
  5. Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface.
  9. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter.
  10. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  11. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown.
  12. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  13. Decorate cooled cookies as desired.
  14. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.
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Halloween Candy Canes

We also see some elves putting candy canes in stocking as well as a monster carrying a box of Halloween Candy Canes.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

It being halloween, we went with the halloween canes.  These were difficult to make….and burnt my hands. But it was fun.

Halloween Candy Canes (Maple Rum Flavored)
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 cup light corn syrup
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  6. 1/4 tsp rum extract
  7. 1 tsp maple extract
  8. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  9. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  10. 2 drops red food coloring 6 drops yellow
Instructions
  1. Grease 2 large baking sheets with butter. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar and bring to a boil. Let boil, without stirring until a candy thermometer reads 280F.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in the extracts, nutmeg, cinnamon and food coloring
  4. Immediately pour onto prepared pans in 8x1 in strips. You have to be quick or else it will harden.
  5. Let stand until cool enough to touch (1-2 minutes). It will still be very hot so move fast and/or wear gloves.
  6. Work very quickly and roll each strip into a rod and curve the top for the cane. It helps to have 2-3 sets of hands helping.
  7. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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Oogie Boogie Sugar Cookie

Not really Oogie Boogie’s sugar cookies. The police man that keeps on getting calls has sugar cookies on the desk.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

But sugar cookies can be halloweenish too.

Oogie Boogie Sugar Cookie
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 cup butter, softened
  5. 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks. Let cool completely before frosting.
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Radio Broadcaster’s Hot Chocolate 

He also has some hot chocolate sitting on his desk.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

I made some very yummy homemade hot chocolate
 

Hot Chocolate
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  2. 3/4 cup white sugar
  3. 1 pinch salt
  4. 1/3 cup boiling water
  5. 3 1/2 cups milk
  6. 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
Instructions
  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan.
  2. Blend in the boiling water.
  3. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir.
  4. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.
  5. Watch that it doesn't scorch.
  6. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and the half-and-half and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
  7. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.
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Pineapple Upside-down Cake

At the very end, Santa saves Christmas and brings a yummy Pineapple Upside Down cake. MMM
 

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

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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This is Halloween?

All the food was really good. Some good Halloween dishes. I really loved the Hot Chocolate, sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies. But it was all very yummy.

Verdict:

Worm’s Wort Soup – 7/10

Snake and Spider Stew – 8/10

Gingerbread Men – 9/10

Halloween Candy Canes – 6.75/10

Sugar Cookies – 9/10

Hot Chocolate – 9/10

Pineapple Upside-down Cake – 9.5/10

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Beauty and the Beast [Week 4] – Tourin, Roasted Artichoke, Tiramisu, Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache, and Green Jello Salad

Quick links: Tourin | Roasted ArtichokeTiramisu | Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache | Green Jello Salad | Verdict

 

It’s a sad day, the last day of our Beauty and The Beast extravaganza. This week, all the food comes from Tale as Old as Time. 

We are skipping the scene where the Beast scarfs down porridge
(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

because we already have a good porridge recipe from Cinderella.  But regardless, check out the delicious food from the last week of Beauty and the Beast

 

Tourin

In contrast to the messy porridge meal, the Beast learned manners in a Tale as Old as Time.

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(Credit: Disney)

I looked into some french soups and found Tourin, a french garlic soup. It was pretty good.

Fancy Tourin
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 25g butter
  2. 1 onion, finely chopped
  3. 10 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  4. sprig of thyme
  5. 150ml crème fraiche
  6. White Wine
  7. Salt
For the garlic garnish
  1. 10ml olive oil
  2. 1 clove garlic, finely sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a large, heavy-based saucepan set over a medium heat. Sweat the onion with some salt for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the roughly chopped garlic cloves and the thyme and sweat for 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly making sure the garlic doesn't colour.
  2. Add 1.4ltrs of boiling water to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, then add the crème fraîche and whisk well. Remove the soup from the heat and discard the thyme sprig. Use a stick blender to purée the soup until smooth.
  3. Return to the heat and adjust to taste using the white wine vinegar and salt. Keep the heat over a low heat as you prepare the garlic garnish; heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a moderate heat. Fry the sliced garlic until golden brown, then remove to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain.
  4. Ladle the soup into soup bowls and garnish with the fried garlic and some black pepper before serving.
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Roasted Artichoke

On the table, when the beast is eating soup, there sits a pile of artichokes.

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(Credit: Disney)

I never really liked artichoke, but this recipe was good.

Roasted Artichoke
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 large whole artichokes, top 1 inch and stems removed
  2. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  3. 1/4 cup olive oil
  4. 4 cloves garlic, cloves peeled and crushed
  5. Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Place artichokes stem-side down in a bowl and drizzle with lemon juice.
  3. Slightly separate the artichoke leaves with your hands.
  4. Insert a knife blade into the center of each artichoke to create a garlic clove-size space.
  5. Drizzle each artichoke with olive oil.
  6. Press 1 clove of garlic into the center of each artichoke and season with salt.
  7. Tightly wrap each artichoke twice with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  8. Place in baking dish and bake in the preheated oven until sizzling, about 1 hour 20 minutes
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Tiramisu

You can hardly see this, but it looks like there is a glass with a tiramisu in the back of the table. 

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(Credit: Disney)

I’ve never made Tiramisu. but I had a good time making it.

Tiramisu
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 100 g Mascarpone cheese
  2. 1 eggs size large
  3. 1 tbsp sugar
  4. 4 savoiardi/ladyfingers
  5. 1/2 tsp rum extract
  6. 1 tbsp milk
  7. 1 tsp cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 tsp sugar (to top, optional)
  9. 2 pirouette sticks (optional)
Instructions
  1. Separate the egg whites from the yolks and put them in 2 separate bowls. Mix the yolks with the sugar in one bowl. Stir in the Mascarpone cheese, one spoonful at a time, incorporating well.
  2. In the other bowl, beat the egg whites to form stiff peaks using an electric mixer. Then, add the beaten whites to the yolk-mascarpone mix, blending gently. The cream is ready. Set aside.
  3. Pour the rum extract and the milk into a small dish, then lightly dip the biscuits. Place them in the individual small serving bowls or cups (about 250 ml). Cover the biscuits with the cream. Sprinkle the cocoa powder (and sugar) on top.
  4. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Leave overnight in the refrigerator for best results. Serve cold.
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Bundt cake with Chocolate Ganache

This is the centerpiece of today’s cook. Man, it was delicious.

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(Credit: Disney)

 

Yellow Bundt cake with Chocolate Ganache
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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
For the cake
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 3 large eggs
  4. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Ganache
  1. 9 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  2. 1 cup heavy cream
  3. 2 tsp rum (flambe'd to burn off the alcohol)
  4. 1 tsp molasses
Instructions
  1. Take the butter out of the fridge to soften and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare the bundt pan by greasing it thoroughly with butter or baking spray. You can also flour it, if you want, although this isn't strictly necessary.
  3. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat the softened butter and sugar together until fluffy and light
  4. Add the eggs and beat until fully incorporated and light.
  5. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, and finally the milk and vanilla.
  6. Beat everything together on low for 30 seconds, then high for 3 minutes.
  7. Immediately pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool on wire racks for at least 15 minutes, then flip each pan over onto the rack and tap gently all over. Lift the pan slightly. If the cake doesn't feel like it's falling out smoothly, lay a slightly damp kitchen towel over the pan and tap again. If necessary, let the cakes cool more. If they have been baked thoroughly, however, they should fall right out of the pans once they've cooled a little and the sides of the cake have shrunk back from the pan.
For the Ganache
  1. Place the chocolate into a medium bowl.
  2. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  3. Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot. When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth. Stir in the rum and molasses if desired.
  4. Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over a cake.
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Green Jello Salad

Last but not least, is the green jello salad on the table. 

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Theres also a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. You can find the recipe for that in the Pinocchio cook

Green Jello Salad
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
12 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
12 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1⁄4 cups water
  2. 3 (3 ounce) boxes lime gelatin
  3. 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple
  4. 8 ounces brick cream cheese, softened
  5. 1⁄2 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Dissolve gelatin in 2 1/4 cup boiling water.
  2. Drain pineapple and add 1/4 cup of the pineapple liquid to the gelatin mixture.
  3. Add pineapple to gelatin.
  4. Pour into 9 x 13 glass casserole and refrigerate until soft set.
  5. Mix the softened cream cheese and milk together until combined.
  6. Add the nuts to cheese/milk mixture.
  7. Mix the jello mixture and cream cheese mixture together.
  8. Refrigerate overnight and cut into squares to serve.
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Will it be a meal as old as time?

Sadly, the Tourin and the artichoke weren’t that great. But the Bundt cake might be one of the best we’ve made. The tiramisu was delicious too!

Verdict:

Tourin – 6.75/10

Roasted Artichoke – 6.75/10

Tiramisu – 9/10

Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache – 9.75/10

Green Jello Salad – 7.5/10

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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. 

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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. 

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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.”  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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So I ate some paper for good measure.

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

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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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Oliver and Company – New York Hot Dogs, Cat Food Concoction, Chocolates for Dogs, Pink Champagne Cake

Quick links: New York Hot Dogs | Cat Food ConcoctionChocolates for Dogs | Pink Champagne Cake | Verdict

 

Fire up some Billy Joel and get ready for some NYC action. I actually really like Oliver and Company, even though it is one of Disney’s lowest rated films. It also has really great food, especially if you’re a cat or dog! 
There is some food in the movie that we didn’t make because it was featured in other movies. For the bread recipe when they steal bread from a truck,
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see Stromboli’s French Bread from Pinocchio.
For the dog biscuits that they give Fagin,
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see the Kanine Krunchie recipe from 101 Dalmatians

 

Stolen NYC Hot Dogs

Dodger is one sly dog. He tricks Oliver distract the hot dog cart guy and in turn steals the yummy hot dogs.

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To make this more authentic, I recommend using Sabrett Hot Dogs. If you can’t come by those, at least use all beef franks.

NYC Hot Dogs
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-8 All Beef Hot Dogs
  2. 4-8 Hot Dog Buns
  3. Mustard
  4. Any other toppings
Instructions
  1. Boil a pot of water
  2. After it has reached boiling point, put the dogs in the pot and take it off the heat.
  3. Cover the pot and let the dogs steam for 6-8 minutes
  4. Place toppings on.
Notes
  1. If you have a steamer, you may use that to steam the buns.
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Jenny’s Cat Food Concoction

If you have a cat, you’ll love this recipe. When Jenny first gets Oliver, she brings him back to her giant house and makes a who-know-what concoction to give to him.

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You see some sort of cereal or bran, eggs, and a bunch of messy dishes. Fortunately, when I made it, I didn’t make as big of mess as she did.

Jenny's Cat Food Concoction
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can mackerel
  2. 1 egg yolk
  3. 1/3 cup oats
  4. 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  5. 1 bag of cat treats
  6. 1/4 cup whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Mix oats and evaporated in bowl.
  2. Once mixed, add egg and mackerel
  3. Add Cat treats and mix until blended
  4. Top with whipped cream (or don't)
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Chocolates for Dogs

I know, I know, chocolate is really bad for dogs. But we see Georgette eating chocolates from a heart-shaped box and doing yoga.

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I searched and found that Carob, a chocolate substitute, and its cleared by ASPCA as non-toxic for dogs. So we made some molded chocolates filled with peanut butter. Our dog loved them!  We also made some milk-chocolate candies for us too 🙂

Chocolates for Dogs
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 Bag Carob
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. 3 tbs peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Heat up the milk over a very low heat
  2. Add the carob chips a little bit at a time
  3. Stir vigorously with wooden spoon.
  4. Once all the chips are added, you might need to add a couple more splashes of milk until the carob is creamy
  5. Let the carob cool a bit
  6. Fill candy mold 1/2-3/4 way full with the carob
  7. Place peanut butter in a pastry bag (or a plastic bag with its corner cut)
  8. Squeeze a little dab of peanut butter on top of the carob in each mold. About the size of a big pea.
  9. Cover the peanut butter and fill rest of mold with carob
  10. Place in freezer for about an hour or until the carob solidifies. You may also place in fridge, but wait longer for the solidification.
Notes
  1. You might need to hold the pan off the stove a bit if it gets too hot and you start to smell it burn.
  2. For milk chocolate, melt the milk chocolate in a microwave on a low heat, stirring every 30 seconds, or melt in a double boiler. Follow the rest of the instructions. You may place anything you wish in the middle of the chocolates. I put in Nutella and raspberry jam.
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Pink Champagne Cake

At the end of the movie, everything is good and every is around Jenny as they celebrate her birthday.

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Being super rich, she probably had a fancy cake (even though you only see a generic pink cake). How do you make a fancy cake? With champagne of course! This is a somewhat difficult and time consuming recipe. Just a head’s up.

There is also chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream shown in the movie. This cake pair well with Neapolitan ice cream! So pick some of that up from the store.

Pink Champagne Cake
Serves 10
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
For the Champagne Reduction
  1. 2 cups (480 ml) champagne, pink champagne or sparkling wine
For the Champagne Velvet Layer Cake
  1. 2½ cups (280 grams) sifted Self-Rising Flour
  2. 2 cups (400 grams) granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup (1 stick/113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  4. ¼ cup (48 grams) shortening
  5. ¼ cup (56 grams) vegetable oil
  6. ½ cup (120 ml) champagne reduction
  7. ½ cup (120 ml) buttermilk, at room temperature
  8. ¾ cup (180 grams) egg whites (about 6), at room temperature
  9. ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure almond extract
  10. ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  11. Extra flour and shortening to prepare cake pans
  12. 1 cup raspberry jam
  13. 2 containers of buttercream frosting
  14. Red food coloring to dye the frosting
Prepare the Champagne Reduction
  1. In a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, bring champagne to a boil.
  2. Boil until reduced to ½ cup, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; set aside to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, arrange oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  5. Grease three 8-inch round with shortening or oil.
  6. Line bottoms with parchment or wax paper cut to fit the size of pans.
  7. Grease paper linings and dust lined pans with flour, tapping out the excess.
  8. Set aside.
Prepare the Champagne Velvet Layer Cake
  1. Mix self-rising flour and sugar until well combined and aerated.
  2. Add butter, shortening and oil and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Mixture will be very thick.
  4. In a 2-cup glass liquid measuring cup, whisk together champagne reduction, buttermilk, egg whites and extracts using a fork until well blended.
  5. Slowly add half of the liquid mixture to the batter and mix.
  6. Then beat until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add remaining liquid mixture and beat just until smooth and thoroughly combined, again scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary.
  8. Using rubber spatula, scrape and pour batter into prepared pans dividing evenly (a little over 2 cups of batter per cake pan).
  9. Smooth tops evenly with rubber spatula and then rap each pan on counter surface 2 to 3 times to expel any air bubbles. This step will create a nice level cake.
  10. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  11. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
  12. Run thin metal spatula around edges of each cake to loosen, then invert onto wire rack and peel away parchment or wax paper.
  13. Turn right side up onto wire racks (using an additional rack to flip) and cool completely or wrap while still warm to retain moisture.
  14. Wrap each cake layer tightly in plastic food wrap and keep at room temperature until ready to fill and frost.
To Assemble, Frost and Fill the Cake
  1. Mix a couple drops of food coloring into the frosting to turn it into a nice pink color.
  2. Use a scant ¾ cup frosting between each layer.
  3. After frosting each the bottom and middle layer, pipe a simple ¼-inch border of buttercream around the perimeter of the cake to act as a dam to prevent the filling from going over the edge of the cake layer.
  4. Following this, lightly spoon about 4 tablespoons of the Raspberry Filling on top of the buttercream in the center. Using a small angled metal spatula, carefully spread the filling outward to the dam border of buttercream.
  5. Carefully place the next cake layer on top and press down gently.
  6. Proceed to frost the cake as desired with remaining buttercream.
To Make a Rose Cake with “Rose Swirls”
  1. Use a scant ¾ cup frosting between each layer and then proceed to frost the cake with a “crumb coat” or thin coat, but not too thin.
  2. The cake should have good coverage and you should not see the cake peeking through the frosting.
  3. Next, assemble your pastry bag with coupler and tip.
  4. Fill pastry bag and twist closed.
  5. Make sure your hands are not too warm or your buttercream will get too soft. You are now ready to pipe roses!
  6. To pipe roses, start at the bottom and work around the cake to complete a full circle of roses. T
  7. o pipe each rose, start in the center of where you want your rose to be. T
  8. hen pipe in a circular fashion counter-clockwise going around the center point once or twice depending on the size of roses you desire.
  9. The roses don’t need to be perfect!
  10. This is what is so great about piping swirled roses as they look lovely shabby and chic.
  11. It is best to end in the same place each time and I like to end at the top right side of each rose.
  12. Once you complete the first row around the cake, continue with the next row and then the top. To fill in any gaps, I like to pipe small stars or flourishes that contour the rose swirls. Rose Cakes are the best. So simple, but so stunning!
Adapted from http://wickedgoodkitchen.com/pink-champagne-velvet-layer-cake/
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Source: http://wickedgoodkitchen.com/pink-champagne-velvet-layer-cake/ 

Will it make you get the Street Saviore Faire?

Overall, this was a really good haul. Hot Dogs were great, the cake was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had, and if you were a cat, I’m sure you’d love the concoction. The dog chocolates were pretty disgusting for humans. I don’t really like carob. But my dog loved them. But the milk chocolate candies were amazing.

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Verdict:

Hot Dogs – 7/10

Jenny’s Concoction – 3/10 (for humans) 10/10 (for cats)

Dog Chocolates – 3/10 (for humans) 10/10 (for dogs)  Human Chocolates – 10/10

Pink Champagne Cakes – 10/10

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The Great Mouse Detective – Tea and Crumpets, (Root) Beer

Quick links: Tea and Crumpets | (Root) Beer | Verdict

 

Disney’s take on Sherlock Holmes may not Bendaduck Cumberbottom worthy, but it’s still great. We have the classic British tea and crumpets shown as well as some beer (which isn’t uncommon in Disney). However, I decided to skip eating a mouse like Ratigan’s cat does.

 

Cheese Crumpets for Toby

Crumpets are usually pan fried and not baked. However Mrs. Judson makes cheese crumpets that resemble muffins.

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They also show lots of tea. I don’t drink tea, but if you want to make proper English tea, check out this site. 

When I made the crumpets, I actually missed the fact that they were cheese crumpets. But I’m sure if you add a cup of grated cheddar, it’d turn out great. However, even without the cheese, they were great.

Crumpets for Toby
Serves 24
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg active yeast
  2. 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  3. 1 tsp sugar
  4. 1 1/2 cup warm milk
  5. 2 tbsp butter
  6. 2 tsp sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. grated rind of an orange or lemon
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 3 1/2 cup sifted flour
  11. 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak yeast and first amount of sugar in warm water until frothy (15 minutes).
  2. Add butter, second amount of sugar, salt and orange rind to warm milk and stir.
  3. Add this to the yeast water. Beat, then add the eggs and flour. Add cheese if desired.
  4. Beat until batter is smooth.
  5. Rise for 15 minutes.
  6. Preheat over to 400 °F.
  7. Grease muffin pans.
  8. Fill the greased pans about 2/3 full and bake for 15 minutes or longer, until done.
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(Root) Beer

All of Ratigan’s supporters drink beer. They even try to poison Basil and Dawson’s beers.

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Of course, we’re keeping this a kid friendly blog, so we decided to make Root Beer! BUUUUUUUUUT, we hit a snag. First, I didn’t realize how hard it was to get dry ice where I live. Then I found a recipe to make Root Beer with yeast. So I went and got yeast and I was going to get root beer extract, but I couldn’t find any root beer extract! I didn’t have enough time to go somewhere else, so I wasn’t able to make the root beer. I’m sorry if I let you guys down. But here’s a recipe.

(Root) Beer
Serves 80
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
48 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
48 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces McCormick® Root Beer Concentrate
  2. 5 pounds sugar
  3. 5 gallons lukewarm spring water, (approximately 95°F)
  4. 1 package (1/4 ounce/7 g) dry active yeast
  5. 1 cup pre-boiled water, (cooled to 85° to 95°F)
Instructions
  1. Clean and sanitize all bottling equipment according to information below. Shake Root Beer Concentrate well. Mix with sugar in a large container. (DO NOT USE ALUMINUM). Stir in spring water.
  2. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup pre-boiled water. Allow yeast to dissolve undisturbed 10 to 15 minutes. Add to sugar mixture and stir well.
  3. Bottle immediately into plastic bottles, leaving 2-inch space at top of bottle. Cap tightly. Store each bottle on its side in a warm place (70° to 80°F) for 1 to 2 days, then store upright in refrigerator at 40° to 45°F for additional 3 to 4 days. Keep refrigerated and consume within 7 to 8 days.
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 Source: http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Beverages-****tails/Homemade-Root-Beer

 


Is it Elementary my Dear Dawson?

So the crumpets were really good. I’d definitely have them again. English know how to make food.

Verdict:

Crumpets – 7/10

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Fox and The Hound – Fresh-from-the-Cow Milk, Raspberry Jam, Foxy Birthday Cake

Quick links: Fresh Cow Milk | Raspberry Jam | Foxy Birthday Cake | Verdict

 
I swear I didn’t cry when the widow drove Tod out to leave him in the forest. I was cutting onions…cuz this is a food blog. No crying here, just onions. Man, this movie is good, and so sad. It could be because dogs and foxes are so cute. There wasn’t too much food in the movie, but the highlight was the widow’s raspberry jam!

 

Fresh-from-the-Cow Milk

There are a few times where fresh milk is shown.

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There really isn’t a recipe besides buying a cow, and milking it. But we wanted to experience what Tod experienced. Selling raw milk is illegal here, except if the milk is sold directly from the farm. So we drove 1.5 hrs outside the city to a dairy farm and got a gallon. Man, it was delicious. So rich and creamy. Some people even claim it’s better for you. So if you’re in an area where you can get some fresh milk, I highly recommend it.

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Widow’s Raspberry Jam

When Tod is getting chased by Amos Slade, we see the widow cooking something on the stove.

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We’re not sure exactly what it is, other than it is some red substance in a pot. I figure, why not make some raspberry jam. It makes sense that the widow would be making something like that.

I had no idea that making raspberry jam was so easy! It turned out delicious.

Widow's Raspberry Jam
Yields 6
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups mashed raspberries
  2. 4 cups sugar
  3. 2 Tbs Lemon Juice
Instructions
  1. Place raspberries in a large pot
  2. Using a potato masher, mash the raspberries
  3. Heat the raspberries on high until they reach a full boil
  4. Boil for 2 minutes
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Add the sugar and lemon juice
  7. Place back on stove and bring to boil again
  8. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly
  9. Remove from heat
  10. For a thicker jam, beat with an electric beater for 4 minutes
  11. Pour in jars and refrigerate.
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Tod’s Birthday Cake

In the saddest part of the movie…that I definitely didn’t cry in…the widow is driving Tod away. She looks at a photo of him on his birthday with a big ol’ cake.

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We have experience making treats for dogs from the 101 Dalmations post, so we decided to make a doggie cake because foxes and dogs are pretty similar, right?

Our dog loved the cake.

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Tod's Birthday Cake
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
For the Cake
  1. 1 egg
  2. 1/4 cup peanut butter
  3. 1/4 cup cooking oil
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/3 cup honey
  6. 1 cup shredded carrots
  7. 4 pieces bacon (save grease for frosting)
  8. 1 cup whole wheat or white flour
  9. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
For the frosting
  1. 1 package of cream cheese
  2. 1/3 cup peanut butter
  3. bacon grease from cooked bacon
  4. 1 tbs milk
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 6 cup ring mold.
  2. Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey, if desired, in a large bowl; blend well. Stir in the carrots and bacon, mix thoroughly.
  3. Sift together the flour and baking soda and fold into the mixture.
  4. Spoon cake batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  6. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes; then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
For the frosting
  1. Place package of cream cheese in bowl
  2. Add in the peanut butter, bacon grease, and milk
  3. Beat with electric beater until smooth.
  4. You may add veggie oil to thin it out or corn starch to thicken it up as desired
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Will it Make us Best of Friends?

The milk was amazing. The raspberry jam might be one of my favorite recipes. We tried it on crepes that day too and it was divine. Our dog loved the foxy cake (and it wasn’t HORRIBLE for human consumption).

Now go watch Fox and the Hound. It’s on Netflix. 

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Verdict:

Milk – 7/10
Raspberry Jam – 10/10
Foxy Cake – OHMYGOSHFOOD!/10 for dogs, 5/10 for humans

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101 Dalmatians – Kanine Krunchies, Bologna Sandwich, Baked Beans from a Can

Get your puppies together and check out some dog-centric recipes from 101 Dalmatians.