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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.
Pooh loves his honey. Here’s some honey!
- 1 Honey of Honey
- 3 Honeys with Honey
- Honey to taste
- Stick your hand in honey pot or bee hive
- EAT EAT EAT!
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.
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.
- 1 Box White Cake Mix
- 1 Can Strawberry Soda (12 oz)
- 1.5 containers Chocolate Frosting
- Place cake mix in the bowl. Don't add any of the ingredients mentioned on the box.
- Mix in strawberry soda
- Put into baking pans and bake as instructed on box
- Let cool and then frost with chocolate frosting
Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam
Along with the Hero Cake, there were some cookies with jam centers.
- 1 cup butter, no substitutes
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract or 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup jam, for the centers
- Cream butter and sugar
- Beat in extract
- Gradually blend in flour
- Cover and refrigerate for an hour
- Roll into one-inch balls and place one inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet
- With the end of a wooden spoon make a indention in the ball and fill with jam
- 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.
- Bake at 350 for 14 to 18 minute.
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.
But we made some wheat bread like rabbit and tried eating it with honey AND condensed milk
- 2 3⁄4 cups hot water
- 1⁄3 cup olive oil, any oil is fine
- 1⁄3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 tablespoon salt, Sea Salt is good
- 7 1⁄2 cups of 100% whole grain wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons dry active yeast
- Place the first five ingredients in the bowl and mix.
- 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.
- Add: 4 Cups of 100% Whole Grain Wheat Flour.
- 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.
- 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.
- Grease two bread pans with Crisco. You can also flour the pans to reduce sticking.
- Mix the dough again just enough to knock it down at least close to the original size.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
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.
- 1 cup butter, divided
- 2 cups fresh lima beans
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- 4 ears fresh corn kernels, cut from the cob
- 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.
- Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan heat tomatoes, sugar and remaining 1/2 cup butter.
- Cook until tomatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Stir tomatoes into lima beans and add corn; cook 10 minutes more.
[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.
- 1 Acorn Squash
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 2/3 cup cream
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 box penne (cooked)
- 2 Fresh Tomatoes
- 1 Summer Squash
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 lbs chicken (diced)
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- salt to taste
- 2-3 tbs butter
- Preheat oven to 350
- Cut Acorn squash in half
- Place squash halves in a baking dish
- Fill bottom of baking dish with about an inch of water
- Cook squash halves for an hour
- When the squash are done, scoop out of skin and place in blender or food processor with parmesan cheese, cream, milk and spices
- Blend and then transfer into pot and simmer on low
- While the Acorn squash is roasting, cut the summer squash into thin discs and dice the tomatoes.
- Place them in a bowl with olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper
- Shake the bowl up so the spices get evenly dispersed.
- Melt 1 tbs butter in a pan
- Brown the diced chicken
- After the chicken is cooked, add the rest of the butter to melt
- Add the tomatoes and summer squash, and balsamic vinegar
- Cover and cook on medium low for 30-45 minutes.
- Add the chicken and veggies to cooked penne and add the acorn squash alfredo on top.
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.
Honey – 15/10
Hero Cake – 8/10
Hero Cookies – 9/10
Wheat bread – 8/10
Succotash – 7.5/10
Squash Penne – 8.5/10