Make Your Hobbit Hole Smell Like Christmas with Small Adventure Sized Mincemeat Pies

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Small Adventure Mincemeat Pies

If you enjoy the hundreds of free recipes here at Kitchen Overlord, help me keep the lights on by picking up a cookbook or two. As a historian who grew up reading Tolkien, An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery is one of my favorites.  (You know you’re a hardcore nerd when you’re super excited about using international

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Geek Cake Friday: 21 Hobbit Holes That’ll Make You Hungry

In honor of International Hobbit Week, for this edition of Geek Cake Friday we’ve gathered up enough Hobbit Hole cakes to create your own edible Shire.  Scroll through to see renditions by professional bakeries and fellow geeks alike – including an easy tutorial from The Vegetarian Ginger on making your own Hobbit cake! Via Trekker Scrapbook Leonard Nimoy grinning at his

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Hobbit Week: Shire-tastic Seed Cake

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Shire Seed Cake Recipe

Many modern readers imagine seed cake to be chock full of sunflower or pumpkin seeds, but it turns out Tolkien grew up on a decadently buttery version of pound cake full of caraway seeds. They have a sweet, licorice flavor reminiscent of a milder, earthier version of anise seeds. You can find them at most Indian groceries. They’ve been out

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Happy Hobbit Week!

September 22 happens to be both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins birthdays! In honor of Hobbit Day, Kitchen Overlord is kicking off this week with recipes for a Hobbit’s seven daily meals from  An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery, available for $24.95 at Amazon.com. Come back all week for even MORE recipes, gorgeous cakes honoring Tolkien’s books, links

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Hobbit Week: Easy Shire Porter Cake

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Portable Elevenses

Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients. This isn’t fancy Elven baking chemistry. Like most Shire foods, this is good, solid stuff that can handle a lot of improvisation depending on what you happen to have in your pantry. All you really need is some butter, sugar, flour, eggs, a cup of whatever fruits you like best, a couple

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Hobbit Week: Braised Oxtails (with bonus broth)

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Braised Oxtails

Wine Braised Oxtails A lot of people shy away from cuts of meat full of bone and fat. It’s a shame, because that’s where the best flavor hides. In Tolkien’s day, nose to tail eating was the norm. A nice segmented oxtail was a great way to get a few bites of rich meat for the whole family with the

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Hobbit Week: Plum Heavies

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Plum Heavies

Chocolate and vanilla may seem ubiquitous today, but they’re actually both new world beans. That means Tolkien explicitly excluded them from the Shire, even though both flavors were quite popular in Victorian England. Plum Heavies were the cheap, kids cookies of their day. Victorian country cooks would knead in a handful of diced plums plus a little extra sugar into

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Hobbit Week: Apple Hand Pies Two Ways

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Apple Hand Pies

These petite apple pies can be enjoyed either as a hearty vegetarian breakfast when visiting Beorn or as a durable teatime treat capable of keeping their shape after bumping around in your pack for a few days. Apple Hand Pies Two Ways Filling: 8 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced small 1 cup sugar 2 tbsp melted butter 2

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Hobbit Week: Hot Buttered Shire Scones

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Hot Buttered Shire Scones

Forget those crunchy triangles you find at Starbucks. The Victorian scones of Tolkien’s day were far more like southern style American biscuits. Like American biscuits, these are best served hot and buttered. Unlike their modern counterparts, they’re served at teatime, around 4 p.m., with clotted cream or home made raspberry jam. The creamy interior bears little resemblance to the brick-like

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Hobbit Week: Mushroom, Onion and Garlic Hand Pie

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Mushroom Hand Pies

It’s well known Hobbits love mushrooms. These hearty hand pies are an inexpensive and durable way to bring the best taste of the Shire along on any adventure. Enjoy a couple for a quick Elevenses or save them for supper when the crust can soak up a little mutton gravy. While Hobbits are well known for enjoying meat as much

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