Final Fantasy XI – Moogle Pie

Moogle PieIt must be a sin to be a cooking blog called “Moogle Pie” without having made a Moogle pie. FFXI was one of the only MMOs I embarrassingly put way too much time into (I was a pretty amazing BLM and WHM, totally not bragging). And although there’s little reward for playing an MMO, what I gained in friendship made everything worth the effort. This is also where I was introduced to Moogle Pie, a rarer uncommonly crafted food consumable that was a bit more of a novelty item than actually any real use.

In-game screenshot of Moogle Pie.

In-game screenshot of Moogle Pie.

Moogles, as many familiar with the Final Fantasy series may know, are small winged creatures touting various responsibilities depending on what game you happen to be playing. But, usually it’s to help rather than hurt. I can’t imagine that they could have created something this yummy with their doughy paws though. They must have used a great Instagram filter.

Fun Fact: Moogles also appear in franchises other than Final Fantasy;
Kingdom Hearts, Mario Sports Mix and Secret of Mana also feature this loveable mascot.

Ingredients

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced

Directions

Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and water; bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer 5 minutes. Do not let boil or burn.

Meanwhile, roll out half of the crust on a floured surface until about half a centimeter thickness, into the shape of a large oval. Fill center with apples, mounded slightly down the center of the pastry. Gently spoon half of the sugar and butter liquid over the apples.

To plait pastry, cut 1 inch wide strips on either side of the apple mixture and make sure they’re nearly long enough to reach the other side of the apple mixture. Fold each strip of pastry to the other side, alternating sides.

If desired, brush an egg wash over your Moogle pie and sprinkle a little sugar on top. I personally think this makes it look nicer, but it’s personal preference. Bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Fun Fact: Square Enix’s cafe Artnia serves pancakes with a Moogle motif. Cute AND tasty.


No spells involved, but still tastes magical!

No spells involved, but still tastes magical!


DIFFICULTY: TWO MOOGLES
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Kingdom Hearts – Sea Salt Ice Cream

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With summer upon us here in sunny New Zealand (Sorry to all those in the northern hemisphere), it’s time to break out the shorts, kick back and enjoy some ice cream. Kingdom Hearts I & II was one of the first games my husband and I played together, so I guess you could say it’s among one of my favorite game series. And what’s not to like? It’s a beautiful marriage between Disney and Final Fantasy, very much like the sweet and salty combination in Sea Salt Ice cream. I had made sea salt ice cream before, and since then it’s become a summer staple.

Sora and Roxas enjoying their ice creams

Sora and Roxas enjoying their ice creams

After KH 3 was announced and the HD rerelease came out, the cravings for a salty sweet treat creeped back into my stomach. So perhaps you could also enjoy your summer vacation with these sweet treats.

Fun Fact: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch boasts its own version of a Salted Ice Cream treat. Though the icon is strongly reminiscent of mint chocolate chip.

Sea Salt Ice Cream:
4 egg yolks
2 cups evaporated milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup heavy whipping cream
sea salt to taste
blue food coloring (optional)
Green food coloring (optional)
ice pop molds (optional)

Directions:
[disclaimer] I did not use an ice cream maker. If using molds keep checking ice cream to make sure mixture isn’t separating or doing anything strange. If so, just give it a quick mix until frozen solid.ice cream moulds

• Mix the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and creamy.
• In a medium saucepan bring evaporated milk to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
• Slowly pour hot milk into yolk/sugar mixture and mix well. Warning: make sure to temper the yolks, this means only add a little of the milk mixture until the yolks are the same temperature. You don’t want your yolks to cook!
• Pour milk/yolk/sugar mixture back into saucepan and heat on medium until a custard consistency is achieved. Do not boil.
• Put mixture in fridge to cool.
• In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form.
• Once the custard has cooled, add whipped cream, vanilla and coloring to mixture.
• Add sea salt (keeping adding salt until it tastes salty sweet, it’s up to you).
• Freeze. If you wish, get some ice pop molds. Other websites suggest spraying a bit of PAM inside the molds so that the ice cream comes out easily, but I never do this. It’s easy enough to run the mold under a hot water tap for a few seconds then pull the ice cream out. Also, if you have no molds, ice cube trays or cake pans work just fine. Cover while freezing.

All that’s left to do now is find a nearby clock tower to enjoy your very own Sea Salt Ice cream.

Fun Fact: Series creator Tetsuya Nomura originally had sea salt ice cream on a trip to Tokyo DisneySea. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to include it in Kingdom Hearts II, using it as a treat that kids would typically enjoy during summer vacation.

DIFFICULTY: TWO MOOGLES
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