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LOTR & Hobbit Recipes
Merry's Mulled Cider Mix together 2 quarts of apple cider, 20 whole cloves, ½ cup of sugar, 12 sticks of cinnamon, 14 whole allspice, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Keep warm. Strain and serve in a mug with a lemon slice.
 
Mrs. Maggot's Cottage Pie Slice a large onion and 2 carrots and saute' in bacon fat until the onions are limp. Add 1 pound of cubed beef, 1 tablespoon of flour, and salt and pepper to taste. Saute for several minutes, and then add ½ cup of beef stock and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Peel and quarter 1 pound of potatoes and boil until soft. Mash with 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter and enough milk to make a soft mash. Season with salt and pepper. Put the meat in a pie dish, cover with the mashed potatoes, and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Before serving, run the dish quickly under the broiler to brown the potato crust.
 
Mushroom Soup from the Inn at Bree Chop ½ pound of mushrooms very fine. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add 1 tablespoon of chopped onion, 2 cups of finely chopped carrots, 2 cups of finely chopped celery, and 1 clove of garlic, minced. Stir in 2 ½ cups of beef broth, 3 ½ cups of water, 1 small can of tomato paste, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and 1/16 teaspoon of pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer 1 hour. Purée the soup.  Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet, add ½ pound of sliced mushrooms, and sauté' for 5 minutes. Add to the soup. Add ¼ cup of dry sherry. Heat thoroughly and serve.
 
Mirkwood Cookies Sift together 2 ½ cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of double acting baking powder, and teaspoon of salt. Cream ¾ cup of butter. Gradually add 1 cup of brown sugar (granulated brown sugar works well), creaming well. Blend in 1 unbeaten egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and beat well. Melt squares (1½ ounces) of unsweetened chocolate; set aside to cool. Add the dry ingredients gradually to the egg mixture. Mix thoroughly. Remove 2/3 of the dough to a floured pastry board. Stir 14 teaspoon of baking soda into the chocolate.Blend the chocolate mixture into the remaining 1/3 of the dough. Chill if necessary for easier handling. Roll half of the light-colored dough into a 10 by 4 inch rectangle. Shape half of the dark(chocolate) dough into a 10 inch roll and place on the rectangle of light dough. Mold the light dough around the dark dough and wrap in foil. Repeat with the remaining dough.Chill for at least 2 hours. Cut the dough into slices 1/8 to ¼ inch thick. Place 2 slices together on a greased cookie sheet to resemble eyes. Pinch the corner of each slice to give a slant-eyed look to the cookie. Place a chocolate chip into the center of each eye. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Remove from the baking sheets at once. Store between layers of foil in a flat, covered container. Makes approximate-dozen cookies.
 
Scotch Eggs Strider Hard boil 8 eggs. Cool and peel. Mix together 1 pound of sausage meat, ½teaspoon of sage, 1 tablespoon of parsley, and a pinch of thyme (or use 1 pound of sage-flavored sausage). With the sausage meat make 8 patties large enough to surround the 8 peeled, hardcooked eggs. Place an egg in the center of each patty and form the sausage around the egg. Roll the egg in flour seasoned with salt and pepper, then in beaten egg, and then in breadcrumbs. Fry in deep fat.
 
Beorn 's Honey Nut Cake Put 1 ½ cups of cottage cheese through a strainer. Mix the strained cottage cheese with 1 ½ tablespoons of sifted flour, 14 teaspoon of salt, 3 tablespoons of sour cream, 3 beaten egg yolks,<½ cup of honey, 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, the rind of 1 lemon, and ½ cup of wheat germ. Fold in 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten. Butter a 9-inch square cake pan. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with ¼ cup of wheat germ. Pour the batter into the pan and top with 1/8 cup of wheat germ and ½ cup of chopped nuts. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
 
Smaug's Gems Combine 1 cup of vanilla wafer crumbs, 1 cup of confectioners' sugar, 1 cup of chopped nuts, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa Add 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup and ¼ cup of whisky. Mix well and shape into 1inch balls. Roll in confectioners' sugar and place in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator.
 
Bilbo's Orange Marmalade Wash, dry, and peel 2 pounds of smooth, unblemished oranges Cover the peel with cold water and simmer for 2 hours, until it is tender. Slice the oranges very thin and mix with 2 pounds of sugar Drain the peel, cool, and scrape out the white pith. Slice the peel very thin. Combine the oranges and peel, and stir well. Simmer over a low heat until thick. Pour into hot, sterilized jars and cover
 
Frodo 's Scones In a large bowl, sift together 2 cups of sifted all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Cut in ½ cup of shortening. Add 1 cup of raisins or currants.Make a well and add enough buttermilk to form a stiff dough Roll out ¼ to ½ inch thick on a floured board. Fry on a lightly greased griddle for 7 to 10 minutes. Turn. Fry for 7 to 10 minutes more and serve.
 
Roast Mutton For The Trolls Leave a thin layer of fat on a large leg of mutton and rub with a cut clove of garlic. Roast for 25 minutes per pound in a 350-degree oven. Serve with mint jelly and Shire pudding.
 
Shire Pudding Mix together 1 cup of milk, 2 eggs, 1 cup of flour, and 1 teaspoon of salt in a blender. Put 3 tablespoons of hot beef or lamb drippings in a 9 inch glass pie plate. Pour the batter into the middle of the drippings. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking until the pudding is puffy and brown.
 
Seedcake for Gimli Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch round cake tin. Sift 2 ½ cups of flour with 1 teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Cream together 4 ounces of butter and ½ cup of sugar. Beat 1 egg and add to the butter, then add 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds. Fold in the flour mixture, then gradually add enough milk (up to ½ cup) to make a smooth, thick batter. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before turning out on a cake rack.
 
Goldberry's Pie Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix % cup of sugar, 4 tablespoons of flour, 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of grated lemon peel. Mix with 3 cups of fresh berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, boysenberries). Pour into a pastry-lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Cover with the top crust. Brush the top crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. If the crust begins to brown too much, cover the edges with tin foil.
 
Baked Bluefish For Gollum Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a 4 to 5 pound bluefish, cleaned and split, on an oiled baking sheet, skin side down. Lay 5 or 6 strips of bacon across it. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes until the fish flakes easily. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and lemon juice and serve immediately.
 
Fruit Fool a la Sackville-Baggins Cook a quart of berries (gooseberries, raspberries, or blackberries) in a heavy saucepan over a low heat for 30 minutes, stirring and mashing constantly. Add 1 cup of sugar and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Purée in a fine sieve, cover, and refrigerate. Just before serving, whip 3 cups of heavy cream and fold it into the fruit mixture. Serve at once.