Minion Monday: We Kick off Dune Week with Recipes for Tabara Cake and Spice Tea


This week, we honor accidental messiah’s, masochistic redheads, and giant sandworms. That’s right, it’s time for Kitchen Overlord’s long awaited Dune week. Whether you’re a Frank Herbert purist, a fan of David Lynch’s impractically beautiful vision, or one of the few, the proud, the SyFy interpretation aficionados, we have a week full of recipes that would make you trade your own mother for her water.

Since this is Monday, we’re kicking it all off with a recipe from one of the minions.

Tabara Cakes and Hot Spice Tea

by Sarah Wright
According to the Dune Encyclopaedia: Tabara is a Fremen dessert. It’s a sweet cake of heavy consistency, made of a mixture of cooked and mashed tabaroot, honey and spices pressed into a dish. Then sprinkled with sugar, dried seeds and crystallized fruit.
It’s served as tiny triangles with fruits and hot spiced coffee.
Tabara cakes:
1 large Tabaroot (if these are not available in your quadrant sweet potato or yam is an acceptable substitute)
1 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ginger
3 eggs
1 tbsp Rum (traditionally Kirana brandy but who can afford that)
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
nuts and fruits
1. Preheat the oven to 350 and butter and flour a pie plate
2. Cube, boil and mash the root into a paste.
3. Mix in flour, spices and rum.
4. Beat in eggs, baking powder and half the brown sugar.
5. Pour into the prepared pan.
6. Sprinkle with nuts, dried fruit and the remaining brown sugar
7. Bake for 20-30 mins (until a toothpick comes out clean)
8. Serve hot or cold
Hot spice tea (or coffee):
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cayanne (optional)
1 tbsp coffee grounds or black tea leaves
4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1. Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer for about 30 mins
2. Serve hot with milk. Extra sugar can be added after to taste.
The spiced tea/coffee can be stored in the fridge for about a week.

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