Hello everyone!! I apologize for the post gap, life has been busy.
Today, I (Anna) would like to share four recipes inspired by fandoms. The recipes are linked. I made all of them and will review them as we go along.
#1. Seaweed Grog
This recipe was from the Redwall fandom was very good, not too sweet, and not too tart. It was very easy and quick to make, and I modified the measurements to fit my pitcher. Even if you haven't read Redwall, this drink is very good and would make be excellent for parties.
#2. Lembas Bread
[I did not make the mallorn leaves that accompany this recipe.]
"One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man." This recipe turned out fairly well. I was not able to form my dough very easily, however, because I didn't make sure to mix all the flour in. As such, I had to add a lot and it was still sticky, so I ended up with Lembas 'shapes' rather than squares of bread. They taste slightly sweet and slightly lemon-y, almost like a scone. I found them very good, but if I want to make Lembas I will probably try a different recipe that is a little easier.
#3. Turkish Delight
Straight out of Narnia, this is more of a jelly candy than anything else. This recipe is for the microwave. Everything was going alright when I started to make this recipe, but it went wrong pretty quickly. No matter how many times I microwaved it, I could not get it to resemble a 'white paste', so I added some cornstarch to the goop. BIG mistake. The rest of the cornstarch had dissolved into the water and had become the goo, so when I added this and mixed it in, it wouldn't dissolve. I whisked it, but to no avail. There was nothing to be done unless I wanted to fish each little lump out (which I didn't), so I moved on with the recipe and hoped for the best. However, this recipe was doomed, even though I followed it as best as I could. It refused to reach a thick consistency, even though the microwaving continued. I poured it into a pan and let it sit over night, then spread confectioner's sugar over it. Another mistake, or at least, it was a mistake to add as much as I did. It was quite suffocating, and the cornstarch lumps were disgusting. The flavor of the candy was good, but not good enough to compensate for everything else. Overall, I say if you want to make Turkish Delight, don't do it in the microwave.
#4. Percy Jackson Cookies
Blue food for Percy!! This recipe was the easiest (and my personal favorite) of the four. All I did was use the recipe linked, except I added blue food coloring just before mixing the chocolate chips in, and almost melted Crisco instead of butter. I ran out of parchment paper, so I put aluminum foil over my baking sheet and greased it. My cookies turned out fine, except the texture was different, almost sponge-y. I'm not sure why this was, with all the things I changed, but I thought I would warn you. Texture aside, these cookies tasted okay and looked awesome. Next time though, I think I will use a different recipe.