Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Redwall Picnic // Fictional Feasts

 The molebabe Gadgee poked his snout out from under a floppy layer of pastry he was carrying. "Furr maken 'unnymoles, zurr!"
 Skipper joined the little moles as they kneaded dough on a countertop, busy as bees and covered in flour. "Ahoy, mates, wot's an 'unnymole?"
- Pearls of Lutra (p. 270), Brian Jacques
  When I told my younger brother about my Fictional Feasts project, he immediately suggested I make something from the Redwall series. I've read two of those books myself, and I agreed that it was a really good idea. Those books are jam-packed full of food. The animals are always feasting and picnicking!

 Recently, we borrowed The Redwall Cookbook from some friends of ours. It's a really cool cookbook with a ton of delicious-sounding recipes in it. We ended up making "Nunnymolers" and "Strawberry Fizz".

|My failed first attempt.|

 The Nunnymolers were so good! They were sweet and buttery and the fruit-center was delicious. I made mine a little bit differently from the cookbook. Instead of a whole strawberry and raspberry, I just sliced up some strawberries for the center. Also, the way the cookbook told to fold the pastry did not work out (as you can see in the last picture), so instead I folded the pastry like a turnover and pinched the edges with a fork. That worked perfectly!

(recipe from The Redwall Cookbook)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, cubed
12 strawberries
12 raspberries
Raspberry or strawberry jam

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a bowl, whisk together the flour and the confectioners' sugar. Add the butter or margarine and rub it into the flour with your fingers (alternatively, pulse the dry ingredients and butter in a food processor) until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Sprinkle in 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water, mixing with a fork (or pulsing in the food processor) until a dough forms.

2. Divide dough into twelve 2-inch balls. Use your palm or a rolling pin to flatten each ball into a 5-inch round.

3. Spread each round with a thin layer of honey. Place 1 strawberry and 1 raspberry in the middle of each piece of dough, then fold the edges of dough in toward the center, leaving a small opening in the middle, and pinch the folds of dough together. Put a dollop of jam into the top of each Nunnymoler.

4. Bake until firm and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on wire rack before serving.

 As for the Strawberry Fizz, I came up with my own recipe. I blended up some strawberries and poured about 1/3 cup in each glass. Then I topped it with Sprite. It was yummy! It was a bit too sweet for my taste, though.

 It was a lot of fun making these, and I'm looking forward to trying out more Redwall recipes. Also, thank you for all the comments and suggestions on my last FF post!

Earlier Fictional Feasts post:
Bilbo's Afternoon Tea



  1. Ohhhhhh, YUM! I might have to try making these, they look amazing! The Strawberry fizz sound delish too...

  2. I haven't read those books, but this looks so good. :)

  3. These look great, Hannah. :) I'm definitely going to check out the cookbook. Thanks for sharing!

  4. *mouth waters* Ohh, that is such a cool idea! I haven't read the series (I've heard of it though) and books about food are just the best!! LOVE. You've sold me on the Nunnymolers.

  5. Ahh, the strawberry fizz sounds great!