How does one show off one’s geeky side during the holidays in a tasteful manner? It’s a problem as old as time. Fortunately, my friends, I have the answer, and it is a brilliantly simple one: baked goods. Obviously. What else are your friends and family quite as happy to receive, after all? In order to make your holiday season as festively geeky as possible, I’ve compiled some really cool recipes that reference fun fandoms.
Dune: Spice Stuffed Sandworm Bread
This fragrant effigy of a desert dweller is similar to a sweetbread or even a cinnamon roll that was not sliced before baking. The teeth are made of almond slivers, and rather than sand, it glides on a bed of sugar and spices. A sweet glaze tops it off for a display that is sure to impress your guests or your hosts. The recipe can be found here. Bonus: this blog’s author is rather hilarious.
A Song of Ice & Fire (Game of Thrones): Lemon Cakes
In the first book and season of the series by George R. R. Martin, Sansa Stark’s greatest weakness (aside from handsome but psychopathic Prince Geoffrey) was lemon cakes. Now you too can indulge in the decadence of a daughter of the North, turned captive in King’s Landing. These lemon cakes are ridiculously easy to make (you can find buttermilk in the section of your supermarket with the half-and-half, cream, and dairy coffee creamer). The recipe does call for oven-safe ramekins for baking, but I think that a muffin tin will create an equally delectable treat, if a slightly different shape.
Redwall: Strawberry Fizz
Redwall was one of my favorite series’ as a child, and I always imagined the flavors of the magnificent feasts that Brian Jacques described. Many of the dishes are rooted in English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish traditions, but some are completely made up. I would imagine that Strawberry Fizz, a drink especially loved by young creatures in Redwall Abbey, is one of those items. This entire website is dedicated to recipes for various dishes that made their way onto the pages of the books, and there are quite a few to choose from!
The Chronicles of Narnia: Turkish Delight
Recently I read this very amusing blog on the disappointment that Americans felt upon eating Turkish Delight for the first time, after having imagined it as children for years. I have to admit I am also not much of a fan of my first experience with Turkish Delight. After all, if Edmund were willing to sell out his entire family for some of the stuff, surely it was delicious? Perhaps it is just a cultural thing. Either way, here is a lovely recipe for “non-evil Turkish Delight” so you can try the stuff too, albeit in a world where Christmas does come in the winter–at least usually. A word of caution: this is a pretty complex recipe, and better for more experienced home chefs.
Star Wars: Princess Leia Cupcakes
The complete opposite of the previous recipe (honestly, in pretty much every way), these Princess Leia cupcakes are super, duper easy to make, and look so impressive! The oreos make the perfect, no-mess-no-fuss, hair buns. Unfortunately, these are probably a little too messy to stow in your purse or backpack to snack on while watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters this weekend.
Star Wars: Storm Trooper Cheese Ball
The Star Wars franchise gets two recipes, since the newest installment in the movie series is released this week. This Storm Trooper cheese ball is my favorite recipe in today’s post. After all, who doesn’t love a delicious cheese ball? And the design of this one is so simple and clever–it will definitely be making an appearance on my table this holiday season!
So there you have it: five amazing recipes, from super simple to rather difficult, to grace your table (or your host/hostess’s table) at some point in the next few weeks. Of course, I’ve only just scratched the surface of amazing fandoms. Do you have any favorite, geeky recipes to share? Let us know in the comments!