Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Fish Fingers" & Custard (Doctor Who)

Here's a whole new take on 
The Doctor's Fish Fingers & Custard!
These "fish fingers" are actually
modified cake balls
shaped to look like fish sticks
and served in creamy custard.
This is sure to be a hit at your next
Doctor Who watch party.
Enjoy!

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"Fish Fingers" & Custard
*makes 5 dozen (2") cake sticks


Ingredients:

1 white or yellow cake, baked and cooled
1 (16 ounce) tub store-bought frosting in vanilla or white chocolate
16 full-size sheets of graham crackers
32 ounces of vanilla almond bark or white chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vegetable shortening (or oil) or coconut oil

Directions:

Bake cake and let cool (I usually do this the night before). Place cake into a large bowl and begin to break it up with a spoon or spatula. Do this until you have tiny crumbs.

Add in the tub of frosting. Mix until well incorporated. You should now have a tacky/sticky dough. Place the entire bowl of dough into your freezer for 10-15 minutes to let it firm up.

After it is firm enough so you can handle it, begin making a 1" ball. Now rock the ball back and forth in your hands to make a 2" snake (it's best to watch the above video to see how this is done). Place the snake onto a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and square the ends with your fingers and flatten the top until you have what resembles a fish stick. Do this for all the dough. You should get about 60 fish sticks. Place the cookie sheet into your freezer for about 15-20 minutes to let them firm up.

While the fish sticks are in the freezer begin preparing your "breading". Break your graham crackers into a food processor and process. Or, place them into a gallon-size baggie and smash them with a rolling pin or can of vegetables. Do this until you have a fine sandy texture. Pour the crumbs onto a plate.

Now it's time to melt the coating. Place your bricks of almond bark in either a: chocolate melter, microwave-safe bowl, or saucepan. Add in the vegetable shortening or coconut oil. Heat until melted.

Remove the fish sticks from freezer and begin dipping them (one at a time) into the melted coating with a fork. Shake off any excess and then place them into the graham cracker crumbs. Bury them and pat them. Give it a second to adhere. Now shake off any excess crumbs and place the fish finger on a wax paper-lined plate. Do this for all fish fingers. Let them set on the plate to harden.


Custard:
*makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding (or Angel Delight for those in the UK)
2 cups cold whole or 2% milk

Directions:

Mix both ingredients in a bowl with a whisk for 2 minutes. Pour into individual size serving cups (I like to use clear punch cups) and place them into the fridge to set for 5 minutes.

After they have set, place 2 "Fish Fingers" into each cup of custard. Enjoy while watching the Doctor Who episode: "The Eleventh Hour". :D


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Minny's Chocolate Pie Recipe (The Help)

Recreate Minny's Chocolate Pie
from the book/movie "The Help".
Minus her "special ingredient", of course. ;)


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Minny's Chocolate Pie
*makes 1 (9 or 10") pie

Ingredients:

1 pre-made refrigerated pie crust (or you can make your own)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup evaporated milk, chilled
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (from Mexico, preferably)
whipped cream
aluminum foil



Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Unroll pie crust into pie pan. Flute edges with fingers. (Watch above video to see how this is done.) Poke holes in bottom and sides with a fork. Set the pie pan on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. 

While crust is in oven, prepare filling. Dump sugar and cocoa into large bowl. Stir with a whisk until all lumps are gone and you have a find sand texture. Add melted butter. Now add chilled evaporated milk and stir well. This will cool down the butter. If you skip this step and add the eggs without first adding the chilled milk, you will get scrambled eggs, so please keep it in this order. 

Now mix in the eggs. Stir in the salt and vanilla. Whisk another 2 minutes until you have a smooth textured batter.


Remove the pie shell from the oven and pour in the filling. Take strips of aluminum foil and cover just the pie crust edges to prevent them from burning. (Watch the above video to see how this is done.) Return the pie to the oven and bake an additional 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.

When pie is done baking, carefully remove the tin foil. Let it cool on counter and then let it chill in fridge 2-3 hours. Top the center with a large dollop of whipped cream before serving. Enjoy!!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Regina's Apple Turnover (Once Upon a Time)

This is a recreation of the apple turnover (minus the poison)
Regina/The Evil Queen makes for Emma Swan
during season one of ABC's Once Upon a Time.
It's incredibly easy to make with: refrigerated dough,
Granny Smith apples and a few other ingredients.
Enjoy!


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Regina's Apple Turnover
*makes 2 HUGE turnovers

Ingredients:

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup light brown sugar
8 count refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 tablespoons butter, melted (for brushing tops)
granulated sugar, for sprinkling


Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.

Wash, peel and slice apples. Place into a bowl. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and toss to coat. Set aside.

Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in a medium-size saucepan. Stir in brown sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour over apple slices and gently stir until evenly coated. Set aside.

Unroll dough on a floured surface (counter). Lay it flat and separate down the middle seam/perforation. You should now have a sheet of 4 crescents (still attached). Set the other sheet aside for the second turnover. It's best to watch the above video to see how this looks. Sprinkle the sheet with flour as well as your rolling pin. Roll the sheet out until it's 8 x 10". Fold the top corner down to make a triangle. Cut off the bottom excess (it's best to watch the above video to see how this is done). Open it again and now it should be a perfect square.

Place the square on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Begin filling it with half the apples. Fold the top half back over to make a triangle. Seal the edges with a fork. Repeat the steps for the second turnover.

Brush the tops of both turnovers with the melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar. 

Place into preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 F degrees until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool a few minuted before transferring to a serving platter. Enjoy while watching a OUAT marathon!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mail-a-palooza Monday! Ep.1 (Will-E, Batpig, and Chocolat)

In case you missed it, here's our first episode of "Mail-a-palooza Monday". This is our show between shows where I read some e-mails, answer viewer questions, chat a bit, show you something new for the "Let's Eat Fiction" Kitchen and then reveal what book, movie or TV show the next recipe comes from. Click below to check it out:

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Over the Rainbow" Cupcakes Recipe

These colorful cupcakes are inspired by 
the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz".
They have a moist, rainbow cake
topped with a ruby red buttercream icing
giving you a treat both inside and out.


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"Over the Rainbow" Cupcakes Recipe
*makes 1 dozen standard-size cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 boxed white cake mix
3 egg whites
vegetable oil (see back of box for amount)
water (see back of box for amount)
gel food coloring tubes (red, blue, green & yellow)
cupcake liners
decorative cupcake picks (optional)

Directions:

Mix cupcake batter according to package directions. Pour into 4 bowls. Add 1/3 of each color gel tube into each bowl. You should now have 4 bowls of different color batter (red, blue, green & yellow). 

Place cupcake liners in pan. Begin spooning 2 teaspoons of green batter into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Next, add 2 teaspoons of the blue batter on top of the green. Follow up with the red and then, finally, the yellow. There is no need to swirl or smooth the batter.

Place the cupcakes into a preheated oven and bake at 350(F) degrees for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.



Icing Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup all-vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
red gel food coloring (use the remainder of the tube)
red sugar crystals/sprinkles


Directions:

Place softened butter, shortening and vanilla into mixing bowl and mix on medium-high until creamy. Add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. The icing will be dry and crumbly now. Add the milk and mix on high until light and creamy. Stir in the red food coloring.

Spoon into gallon-size plastic bag (or icing bag) and cut a 1/2" off one corner. Now you have a homemade cake decorating bag. Take one of the cooled cupcakes and squeeze a circle of icing around the perimeter. Swirl again and again until the top of the cupcake is completely covered. Now, immediately douse with red sugar crystals/sprinkles. Finish off by inserting your decorative pick in the center of the cupcake. That's it! You're done! Now, pop The Wizard of Oz into your DVD and enjoy!