Desserts


Angelya over at Revive & Rejuvenate held a Harvest Festival contest, looking for the best recipe for this year’s in-game event. She contacted us about the contest and we agreed to host the winner, so here’s the recipe from Vidyala over at Pugging Pally! The recipe is copied straight from her blog (with permission, of course), and these cookies certainly look delicious!

If there’s something everyone knows about mages, it’s this: we’re awesome with baked goods. It’s true! In-between devastating things with the powers of frost, fire, and the arcane – we’re the perfect folks to sit down and have a biscuit with.

Light something on fire? Yes. Make some awesome strudels? Got you covered.

My spoon? Did I take it from a murloc? Why would you ask something like that?

It’s come to my attention, however, that not everyone has this ability. Some of you non-mages, without access to a good mage… you’re going hungry. My heart goes out to you. I have devised a clever way for you to enjoy something very akin to true mage delights. They aren’t conjured. But they’re the next best thing.

Here’s what you’re going to need – since you can’t make them out of thin air and all. It’s okay, don’t feel bad. We can’t all be mages.

Dough

Filling

Drizzle

Okay, do you have all of those things? Here’s what you are going to do with them. Put the butter, crystallized honey, and sugar in a bowl. Then cast an animation spell on your spoon and go and… wait. You can’t do that, right? Well, I guess you have to – here, I’ll try to do it that way too, this can’t be too hard.

On second thought, it really may be preferable to mix them the normal way. With magic. What do you mean, "That's not normal?"

So, you are going to engage in arduous physical labour until those three things are combined. You can stop and take a break at this point, I did. Then you are going to add your small egg and enriched terocone juice. It adds an unusual, woodsy flavour! Beat it again until it is smooth. The texture should be a bit like wet sand.

Next, in another bowl, combine your simple flour with the vision dust and salt. It’s just a tiny amount of salt. The vision dust will make sure that your end result is something like magic! Add the powders to your sugar mixture and stir it by hand again just until you have a soft dough. If you overmix it, your end result might be too hard so try to avoid that if you tend to get overzealous with the mixing. (Hint, don’t ask a more martial friend to “assist” you or you may find your dough harder than a rock and have to start all over again. Hypothetically speaking).

You should have a soft lump of dough at this point.

Lay your soft dough on a piece of common parchment, and then put another piece over top of that one. This’ll keep your dough from sticking to anything else and let you roll it out properly. Roll the dough gently between the parchment until you have a 12″ square.

Yes, gently. Exactly. Just like that.

I know the rolling can get a bit frustrating, but maintain your composure. Otherwise the integrity of your cookies may be compromised. All novice mages learn the importance of concentration to the end result of a spell.

How did this picture get in here? Clearly it's a fabrication.

It can be tough to achieve a square result just by rolling – you can use a dull knife to trim the edges.

Like so.

Then you just put the trimmed edges back into the center and re-roll. (A mage). (Editor’s Note: Ha-ha.)

Once you’ve achieved that perfect square, place it on a cookie sheet and chill it with a frost… oh, right. Well… You could put it in a cold room for thirty minutes. If you don’t have one of those, you could put it into the Northrend air – but not for more than fifteen minutes! Fifteen minutes or a good freezing spell will do the trick.

After your dough has chilled, take it out and peel off the top layer of parchment. Drizzle your honey evenly over the square of dough, then sprinkle it with crystallized honey, holiday spices and nuts. Try to get it almost to the edges.

This part is fun!

Now comes the tricky part. Take the edges of your square and quickly begin to roll it upon itself. I say “quickly” because if you hesitate too long with it, it may begin to crack. The end result, unlike a spell, will probably still be tasty but not quite as attractive.

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Wrap the resulting log in parchment (waxed paper or plastic wrap). You can use the paper to add cohesion to the roll if the shape of it is a bit odd. Try and smooth the seam as well, it will make it easier after the next step.

Now you have to freeze it! You can do this by taking it and putting it someplace cold for at least three hours (or up to three months, although why would you want to wait that long to eat these? You don’t, trust me). You should be able to find plenty of cold in Northrend, watch out for the ravenous monsters and undead, though. Or find a friendly neighbourhood frost mage!

More fun than fighting Scourge for a patch of clean snow, let me tell you.

When you’re ready to bake the cookies, get your oven fired up nice and hot (350 degrees F). Peel back the parchment covering the cookie dough and use a sharp knife to slice it into 1/4″ thick slices. Place these one inch apart on a greased cookie sheet (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray).

Parts of your dough may crumble at this point. You can still push them back together and put them on the cookie sheet. They'll probably cook in one piece.

Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until they’re pale golden. There’s a simple cantrip you can use to alert you when that amount of time has passed, it’s… wait, nevermind. Well, keep an eye on your hourglass! You wouldn’t want them to burn.

Let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before putting them on a wire rack to cool. They can be a bit tricky to move if you wait too long, and may fall apart if you try before it’s been a few minutes!

Once the cookies are completely cool, you can drizzle them with a little frosting. It’s included in the ingredients at the beginning of the recipe! Really simple. Combine all three things in a bowl and mix until smooth. You may have to add a bit more Oshu’gun Crystal Powder or milk to get the right consistency (I like mine to be a bit thicker). What is that powder, anyhow? So exotic! I’m sure it’s safe for purposes of eating.

Quality control is very important.

And that’s it! Enjoy your cinnamon bun cookies, which may not have all of the benefits of conjured baking but are still guaranteed to be very tasty! They are best enjoyed with a nice glass of ice cold milk.

Thanks for sharing, Vidyala!

Editor’s Note: Because we’re experiencing something of a rebirth here at Nourish, we’re going back through our old emails and adding recipes that were handed to us by the readers and somehow slipped through the cracks. You can blame me, it’s okay. This recipe today comes to us from Riege of the Proudmoore Realm. Sorry it took so long, Riege. (These were very delicious, by the way.)

I would like to submit, for your consideration, the following delectable comestible! Ladies and gentlecreatures, I present to you…

Mor’vek’s Mojo Cakes

These delicious chocolate morsels were once only available by braving ravasaur and ooze, pterrordax and silithid, just to meet with Mor’vek in the bottom of Un’Goro and have him tell you that you must first embark upon a quest to harvest the rich cacao nibs that grow in the volcanic soil so coveted by druids…while facing more ravasaurs, oozes, pterrordaxes and silithids.

Now, thanks to the ingenious con-job…um…that is…perseverance by Shizzle, who finally made his flying machine and winged it back to Gadgetzan none the worse for wear, these treats can be yours…for a price!

 INGREDIENTS

    1/2 cup unsalted butter (do not use margarine)
    1 1/2 cups sugar (raw or turbinado is recommended)
    3 large eggs
    1/2 cup milk
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
    assorted chopped nuts, chocolate chips, candy pieces (optional)

DIRECTIONS

   1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 x 12 inch pan.
   2. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, water and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
   3. Sift in cocoa and flour, and beat in remaining ingredients.
   4. Spread batter into prepared pan.
   5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Do not overcook.

These are great as is or frosted. To make frosting, combine 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Frost while still warm.

Tasty!

The tauren cook looked up as the sound of cheering met her ears. Even muffled by the walls of the traders’ longhouse, the sound of a successful hunt returning to Bloodhoof was unmistakable. But there was something else, an undertone that set Mit’s neckfur on end, and as she listened, ignoring the pot in front of her, it became clear: one of the hunters had done something special.

Mit rushed to the door of the longhouse and peered out. On the shoulders of the crowd rode Tharake, one of the youngest hunters in the tribe, back from only his second hunt. He was holding his spear aloft, blood staining the flint tip. Behind him, the crowd held up his trophy kill, and Mit grinned as she recognized the characteristic pink feathers. Only a novice hunter would be that bold. But now the path from Bloodhoof to Thunder Bluff would be safer.

And Bloodhoof Village would eat well tonight…

Mazzranuggets

Mm, chicken bits.
These are simple and quick to make – the longest step is “heat the oil” – and great for feeding huge numbers of people on short notice. It’s also pretty cheap, especially since it largely uses common pantry ingredients. If you have leftover nuggets, they can be refrigerated for several days or frozen for up to a week, and make an excellent base for Kissless’ Chicken Quickie.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 c white flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic pepper
  • 1/4 c fresh tarragon
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Chop the chicken into nugget-sized chunks (about 1″x1″x1/2″). Place into a sealable plastic bag.
  2. Place the flour, salt, and garlic pepper into the bag as well. Seal it and shake vigorously until the chicken chunks are coated.
  3. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  4. When the butter has fully melted and mixed with the oil, place the breaded chicken chunks into the pan. (Don’t just dump them out, unless you want surprise dumplings.) After you’re sure all the chunks are out, discard the bag, flour and all.
  5. Sauté the chicken for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure that all sides are evenly cooked. You want the chicken to get a nice golden-brown on the outside and be white all the way through.
  6. When the chicken is finished cooking (see above), cover a plate with a paper towel or cheesecloth and place the chicken on the towel/cloth to cool for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve with whatever condiments you enjoy with chicken. (I eat mine plain; my wife and son, with ketchup.)

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I'd recommend washing any produce found in Tirisfal very thoroughly...

I'd recommend washing any produce found in Tirisfal very thoroughly...

This recipe was handed to me from the lead goat, Pixelated Executioner, courtesy of Nihilistic of the Dragonblight server. I merely volunteered to make them. These cookies are delicious, and I only changed two things – one, cook them a bit longer than 10-12 minutes – I found that baking closer to 15 minutes made a better cookie. Also, I didn’t find anything like ‘caramel chips’ around here, so I just used Skor chips, and I am glad I did!

On that note, seriously, I would recommend having a stronger stomach for most of the ‘cuisine’ around the Tirisfal area…the Forsaken are quite nice, just…they’re opinion of good food is a bit different than us living folk. :)

This recipe is also being featured on the Thanksgiving Rawrcast with Stompalina!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Pie Mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½  tsp Salt
  • 1 Bag Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Bag Caramel Chips

1. Pre-Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a mixing bowl combine 1 Cup of Shortening with 1 Cup of Sugar and blend until light and fluffy. When that is ready, blend in 1 Cup of Pumpkin Pie Mix, and 1 whole egg, mix well. Add in 2 Cups of Flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp Cinnamon, and ½ tsp of Salt and blend the mixture until it is smooth.

3. At this point, the desired “chippage” is up to each maker, but combine equal parts chocolate & caramel chips into the cookie dough.

4.  Take about a tablespoon sized dollup of the dough, and ball up onto a cookie sheet. Bake them for 10-12 minutes and then let rest on a flat cooling surface. Don’t use a wire rack for cooling as the caramel and chocolate tend to become very liquefied and make the cookies fall apart between the spaces.

Enjoy!

This recipe is coming straight out of Syrana’s secret stash.  It is a party and family favorite, and I hope you enjoy it too.  It’s quick, easy, yummy, and healthy.  The recipe is adapted from one I found at kraftfoods.com a few years ago.

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: Approximately 5 hours and 45 minutes (most of that is fridge chill time)

creamyjello - ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 8-serving size package (or 2 4-serving size packages) of Strawberry Banana Jell-O
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 tub (8 oz) thawed Cool Whip
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

Directions:

1. Boil 1 1/2 cups of water.  (This can be done in the microwave – put on high for 3-5 minutes, varies by microwave)

2. Pour Jell-O mix into a bowl.

3. Stir boiling water into Jell-O mix for at least 2 minutes or until completely dissolved.  (I prefer a whisk)

4. Stir in cold water.

5. Refrigerate for about 1 hour and 15 minutes (or until slightly thickened)

6. Gently stir in 2 cups of whipped topping with a wire whisk until well blended.  (You can use all of the tub or save some for a topping – up to you)

7. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until thickened.  If running a spoon or the whisk through the top does not leave an impression, then refrigerate until it does.

8. Chop strawberries.

creamyjello - add fruit

9. Stir strawberries into the creamy mixture.  At this time, you can either keep the dessert in the bowl or pour it into a 6-cup Jell-O mold.

10. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.  Unmold (if still in the bowl, leave it, it’s fine).  Top with remaining whipped topping.

Notes and Variations:

I highly recommend using fresh strawberries.  I usually make this dish with fresh strawberries, but have tried it with frozen.  It still tastes fine, but the texture and presentation seems nicer with fresh fruit.

Feel free to experiment with different Jello flavors and fruit combinations too!

To make this even a little more healthy, try lite or “free” whipped topping.

Open mouth, insert noms!

Open mouth, insert noms!

(Based on Mulgore Spice Bread – World of Warcraft)

Submitted by Cadistra of World of Warcraft, eh?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (use the heel of your hand to press the sugar into the cup – add sugar until full)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Combine corn syrup, brown sugar, and egg; mix well (if you have a mixer, use it on a very low setting)
  3. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl; use a mixing spoon or spatula to mix the dry ingredients together – just be gentle! (Optional – add 1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for more spice!)
  4. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and alternate with milk (just add a little at a time to properly blend it all together); mix well.
  5. Pour into a greased, wax paper-lined 9×5 loaf pan
  6. Bake for 80-90 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (the toothpick test)
  7. Allow loaf to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing it; place on wire rack to allow loaf to cool completely (alternatively, if you don’t have a wire rack, a bacon rack or other item that allows air to circulate under the loaf will work as well).
  8. Wrap and let stand for 24 hours before slicing.

Enjoy!

Looks delicious, no?

Looks delicious, no?

Submitted by: Cadistra of World of Warcraft, eh?

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup frozen or fresh berries (blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or mixed)
  • 1/2 cup organic vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1/2 cup of cold fruit juice, your choice (recommended: blueberry or white grape)
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ (optional)
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (not required, but highly recommended)

Directions (This will be easy!):

  1. Put ingredients in food processor or blender, and pulse until smoothie reaches desired consistency. (For a thicker shake consistency, or if you use fresh berries, add ice cubes.)
  2. Enjoy.