Rice Crispie Bombs – The Legend of Zelda series

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Hyrule is a pretty weird place. Money and health lie around in the grass. People leave active bombs around their house in clay pots. Don’t even get me started on that ocarina, have you ever tried to play one of those? Impossible!
That’s not to refute that Legend of Zelda games are an absolute blast to play. Bombs, although usually inaccurate and slow, will always be my favorite item. To me there was nothing more satisfying than say, throwing a bomb into a boss’ mouth to have it all end terribly for the brute. I almost feel sorry for them.

I made these bombs out of rice crispies, a touch of royal icing and used licorice for the “fuse”. If you’re interested in making them I included the recipe below, although its not very involved. They’re pretty fun to make and make a fun snack for kids.

Fun Fact: The famous Fairy Fountain theme used in many Zelda games was actually first used as the overworld theme for the Water Land level in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Ingredients

Bomb's Away

Bomb’s Away


3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package regular marshmallows
6 cups rice cereal
Black dye
Blue dye
Grey royal icing
Red Licorice

Directions:
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add rice cereal and black/blue dye. I used a 5/2 ratio of black to blue. Stir until well coated. Wait until slightly cool then roll into 2 inch balls. Decorate with royal icing and licorice fuses.

Fun fact: Fans have always noted how different the story of Link’s Awakening is from other Zelda titles. That’s because despite the Zelda skin, it’s more of a sequel to a little-known Japan-only title, The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls, than Link to the Past.

DIFFICULTY: ONE MOOGLE
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Peanut cheese bar – Earthbound (Mother 2)

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The Mother/Earthbound series of games stink! No, but really they’re just a fun, quirky culmination of both child and adult themes ranging from oh-so-silly to deadly serious. It’s almost as if the creators set out to make the player feel every single emotion in one easy to play video game. I laughed, I cried, I raged at trying to get a perfect rhythm chain each battle. It’s a super charming world in which it tries to replicate what I imagine would be a foreigners take on what America looked like if they had never visited.

And what’s better is that the intentionally kooky interpretation of western food churns out an array of wacky items. Hot Dog Sushi and Strawberry Tofu make an appearance in these games, just to list just a couple of the weirdest consumables (I later looked up “Hot Dog Sushi” and apparently it’s a ‘thing’ in Hawaii).

When eaten, you recover about 100 HP

When eaten, you recover about 100 HP


A Peanut Cheese Bar is also a treat Ness and the gang enjoy. However, before you take the bars name at face value, I must remind you that cheese can be sweet, ie cheesecake. Its not a gross cheddar cheese concoction (Although I’ve also seen that cheese and peanut butter sandwiches are enjoyed by Americans). So to pay my respect to a game I love, I made Peanut “Cheese” Bars myself. These feature a pretzel crust and a frozen peanut butter cheesecake filling. Enjoy!

Fun Fact: “This Game Stinks!” was the slogan for Earthbound. This is referring to the scratch and sniff stickers featured in the games manual.

Ingredients:

Crust
3/4 cup margarine, softened
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 cups crushed pretzels

Filling
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 (5 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whipped cream

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix together margarine, sugar and pretzels. Press the mixture into a 9×13 inch baking pan. Chill for 10-15 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into prepared tin. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm. This must always remain frozen! (Serves up to 12 as it is very filling).

Fun Fact: There are hundreds of pop culture references in Mother. A whopping 14 confirmed references are dedicated to The Beatles alone, including the bonus alternative names of the main characters themselves.

DIFFICULTY: ONE MOOGLE
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Bowl Of Grilled Bananas with Passionfruit Sauce – Guild Wars II

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Although my journey into the world of MMOs ended at Final Fantasy XI, I can’t lie about the few times I would occasionally divert to other MMORPGs. FFXI was the gateway drug into Runescape, Everquest, Rift and Guild Wars II (shockingly enough, never World of Warcraft). And, although time spent with these games were fleeting, I can still remember what a huge role crafting played in the day to day continuation of these online experiences.

Obviously my favorite craft was cooking, and looking back at this particular recipe is so laughable, all you need are a banana, a bottle of Passionfruit sauce and presto! Magic happens before your very eyes. If only it were that easy in real life.

What's that orange stuff?

What’s that orange stuff?


Anyway, on to the recipe. I wanted to create something simple after the amount of time I had put into the Super Mario 64 cake and this fit the bill, it takes about 5 minutes.

Fun Fact: Traveling to many of the vistas entails a LOT of platforming for an MMORPG. Having jumping puzzles is also unusual in the MMO genre.

Recipe:
3 firm bananas
2 Tbsp of brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp of butter
Pulp from 2-3 passionfruit

Direcions:
Pre-heat the grill. Line a baking tray with foil.
Slice the bananas in half, length-ways. Spread the butter over the cut side. Place the bananas, cut side up, on the baking tray.
Sprinkle bananas with brown sugar. Grill for 4 minutes then gently turn bananas over and grill for another 4 minutes or until golden and soft.
Divide bananas equally amongst two serving dishes. Top with passionfruit pulp. If desired, serve with vanilla yoghurt, custard or even ice cream.

Fun Fact: To promote the “Dragon Bash” holiday, ArenaNet produced physical versions of the dragon piñatas that appear in game and sent them to assorted gaming journalists. I wonder what was inside?

DIFFICULTY: ONE MOOGLE
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Super Mario 64 – Mario’s Cake

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Is there anything that says “I love you” more than making someone a Mario themed birthday cake? I think not. I mean, I personally could solely receive a huge cake for my birthday nowadays and be completely excited about it. This week, however, was my husband’s birthday, and I wanted to make it something special with a unique cake.

The cake as it appears at the end of Super Mario 64

The cake as it appears at the end of Super Mario 64

Princess Peach is also a firm believer of the phrase “The way to a mans heart is through his stomach”, constantly baking Mario cakes upon her rescue. It’s funny to think the entirety of Super Mario 64 starts upon the promise of cake, with Mario receiving this letter from Peach:

What a tease.

What a tease.

Unfortunately for Mario, this begins an insane quest to rescue Princess Peach and receive said cake. Thankfully for my husband, this cake requires no princess to be rescued, nor Koopas to be stomped, in order to relish in its deliciousness.

I’ll include the really easy cake and frosting recipe I use when I’m making a white cake, it’s super yummy and can even be used for cupcakes!

Fun Fact: Many fans of Super Mario 64 are convinced that Luigi is hidden inside the game somewhere, citing numerous, in-depth attempts to find him. However, Nintendo themselves have gone on record saying they didn’t include Luigi because they needed more room for levels.

White Cake

1 cup white sugar
1/2 (113g) cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan.
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

White Frosting

Fondant Peach - beautiful AND delicious

Fondant Peach – beautiful AND delicious

1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly. Stir constantly.
In a medium mixing bowl, lets eggs whites and salt sit for a couple minutes. Whip the egg whites, salt and vanilla to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar mixture while whipping constantly until stiff peaks form, about 7 to 10 minutes.

I used a few things to assemble the cake. First I used a buttercream icing to smooth out the bases and fill in the gaps between the top and bottom layer. I then poured the white icing over the top of the cake to give it a similar effect to Peaches original cake. And finally, I sculpted the figures of Mario, Peach and the Star with my own two hands. Then I waited to serve before piping whipped cream and adding the fruit. It took me, in total, about 3 days as I’m a very busy Boo.

Fun Fact: Princess Peach doesn’t do too badly for herself either, she’s featured in more video games than any other female character in gaming history since her debut in 1985.


DIFFICULTY: 4 AND A HALF MOOGLES
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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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Professor Layton Hint Coin Cookies

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What are those things that…you know…help you solve puzzles with clues in Layton games…? Gimme a hint?!

Ah, that’s it, hint coins. Playing Layton games would probably be darn near impossible without cheating or being a genius. And it just wouldn’t be the same game without frantically tapping around the touch pad, scouring the area for coins. It would be invaluable having some of those in real life (and possibly use them in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire). So why not? And while we’re at it we can make them sugar cookies.

Fun Fact: The Laytonmobile is built with a high ceiling to accommodate Layton’s hat which he never takes off. Despite its good condition, Luke believes that nobody would want to steal it.

Creating the stamp was a puzzle in itself

Creating the stamp was a puzzle in itself

I had to get a bit crafty with this, and by me I mean my husband and I (thanks Tom!). Trying to solve the puzzle of how to create the iconic Layton logo, and keep it food friendly at the same time needed no hint coin. Ruling out clays and polymers, for obvious reasons, I chose to make a normal stamp out of salt dough, which hardens to about the consistency of a rock when baked at a low heat over a long period of time. Again, with Tom and I flexing our creative muscles, we were able to sculpt a replica of the Layton seal using one parts salt, one parts water and two parts flour. It’s funny how something you learned in kindergarden is still handy to this day. Despite losing a few picarats trying to solve the stamp conundrum, it turned out pretty great in the end. I included the recipe I use for sugar cookies as well. By far this is my favourite recipe, its easy and comes out great every time without much spread.

Sugar Cookies:
1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 egg, room temperature
2-3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

“Gold” glaze:
1 egg white
2 1/2 teaspoons of yellow dye
Optional: 2 tablespoons maple syrup (These cookies are sweet, but I have a greater sweet tooth.)
Optional: If you want to kick these up one more notch, gold food colouring spray is also available. Unfortunately, I live in the middle of nowhere.

Cream together softened butter and confectioner’s sugar. Add egg and the vanilla extract. Mix until the egg is thoroughly incorporated, it may separate then come back together. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, then add little by little to the mixture. Mix well, dough is ready when I touch it, it has a little give, but does not stick to my fingers.

[Recommended but optional] Refrigerate dough until chilled, this makes rolling, cutting and stamping much easier. Roll out on parchment to about 1/4 an inch thick, use flour for dusting as necessary.

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

Then, stamp, cut and bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Make sure to take cookies out before they begin to brown.

While cookies are baking prepare the golden glaze. Mix egg white and yellow dye together (and maple syrup). Immediately upon taking cookies out of the oven brush mix over cookies using a pastry brush.

This version makes about 9 large hint coins.

Fun Fact: Most of the voice actors in the English-language release of the games put on fake British accents. Actual British-English test players of the game reportedly hated Lani Minella’s mockney accent for Luke so much that the British edition completely redubs Luke’s lines with English-born Maria Darling. Christopher Robin Miller, however, put on an accent for the Professor so convincing that many players think he is British.


DIFFICULTY: ONE MOOGLE
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Poké Puffs

PokePuffsPokémon X&Y recently released worldwide bringing with it a new 3D adventure packed with new features. There were so many new bonus extras my head literally exploded. It probably took me a good five minutes to get over seeing everything rendered, including your character, in 3D. It simply looked great, considering the massive overhaul from previous generations.

After cleaning up the pieces and getting in to the thick of my adventure, Froakie in tow, I noticed that one of the newer features, Pokémon Amie, let you feed delectable looking creme puffs to Pokémon, called “Poké Puffs”. Severely jealous of the mountains of delicious looking treats I was feeding my Pokémon, I decided that enough was enough, and I’d make my own version of real life Poké Puffs.

Once on the lips forever on the hips, Sylveon.

Once on the lips forever on the hips, Sylveon.

At first it didn’t go as planned, I had added too much colouring to the mixture and some Puffs didn’t rise or only partially rose. Then, later, disaster struck while dying the whipped cream. I recommend using a mock cream instead of whipped cream if you’re new to baking, real whipped cream tends to go funny too quickly and trying to create a variety of coloured creams can be overwhelming. The creme puffs themselves however are decently easy to make, and don’t require an insane amount of skill.

Fun fact: Creme Puffs are also used as a treat in FFXI, granting a boost to INT, perfect for the Black Mage in your life. There’s even a dance troupe called “The Creme Puffs” that perform during special events.

Blobs used transform

Blobs used transform

Choux Pastry:
– 1/2 cup all purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
– 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
– 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
A few drops of pink, green and orange food colouring

Whipped Cream:
– 2 cup heavy whipping cream (double cream)
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– 4 tablespoons granulated white sugar
Optional: Mint, strawberry and oraPirouline Wafer Biscuitsuit, Jelly etc.s, Pirouline Wafer Biscuits, Chocolate etc.

For the Choux Pastry:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly butter or spray the pan with a non stick vegetable spray.

In a bowl combine the flour, sugar and salt.

Place the butter and water in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. (Make sure that the butter melts before the water boils to reduce the amount of evaporation.) Remove from heat and add the flour mixture, all at once, stir until combined. Return saucepan to the heat and stir constantly until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a thick smooth ball (about 1-2 minutes). Transfer the dough to another bowl and beat slowly to release the steam from the dough (about a minute). Once the dough is lukewarm start adding the lightly beaten eggs (dough will separate and then come together) this will yield a smooth paste. Divide dough into three separate bowls and add a few drops (2-3) of food colouring to each. Remember not to add too much, or else this will prevent the pastry from rising. Spoon 12 small mounds of dough onto the baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Continue to bake for a further 30 to 35 minutes or until the shells, when split, are almost dry inside.

For Whipped Cream: In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine. Whip hip the cream just until stiff peaks form, be careful not to over beat. You can also add a bit of flavoured extract to your whipped cream, as Pokepuffs come in a variety of flavours; such as mint, strawberry or orange.

To Assemble: Split the pastry shells in half and fill (or pipe) with whipped cream, transfer to fridge ASAP. Separate the remaining whipped cream into three bowls, adding a bit of food colouring to each. Once again be careful as to how much is added. Pipe or spoon coloured cream on top of puff cases. Add garnishes as deemed fit, it’s personal preference!

Fun Fact: it is rumoured that the chef of Catherine de Medici, of the esteemed Italian Medici family, created the Creme Puff. Too bad they don’t defend from Templar attacks.

DIFFICULTY: THREE AND A HALF MOOGLES
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