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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Jurassic World Dinosaur Tracking Medallion Cookies

Whoo hoo! The weekend is coming! That can only mean one thing. It’s time to lose your children and elderly relatives on a highly experimental, ethically dubious island paradise full of bloodthirsty monsters genetically engineered to look like scientifically inaccurate retro 1980’s vision of dinosaurs! After all, if the kids have an “accident,” you’ll either get an incredible survivor’s payout

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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: 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: Shire Baked Scotch Eggs

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Shire Baked Scotch Eggs

This hearty pub grub makes a perfect luncheon for anyone fresh back from a tiring morning adventure. Serve it alongside a hearty crust of country bread and a fresh picked salad and you won’t feel the least bit peckish until afternoon tea. Scotch Eggs are traditionally a deep fried decadence. However, fat was often very expensive in rural communities, and

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Hobbit Week: Small Adventure Sized Mincemeat Pies

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Small Adventure Mincemeat Pies

These pies are a great snack for small adventures taken just outside the borders of the Shire. A hunk of bread, a little cheese, and 2-3 of these make a perfectly portable elevenses, just the right size to tide you over until a civilized lunch back in the comfort of your Hobbit Hole. In the middle ages, mincemeat pies included

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Hobbit Week: Beorn’s Honey Cakes

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Beorn's Honey Cakes Recipe

Since Tolkien said the Shire was based on nostalgic memories of his childhood, these honey cakes are inspired by late Victorian recipes for twice baked cakes. The second baking hardens the honey glaze in place while firming up the crust, giving them a moist, tender interior and a sweet, crunchy exterior. Honey Cakes 1 ¾ c / 220 g all-purpose

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