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The Boy With The Bread

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Hunger Games opens at midnight tonight, staring the girl on fire and the boy with the bread. So we thought we’d try our hand at boozing up some bread. In that effort, we called to mind a dessert created by Molyvos in New York. It’s watermelon and feta cheese drizzled with honey and crumbled granola. So our thought was how to turn this into some sort of baked good. Cue 21 & ‘Upcakes’ Feta Beer Bread.

We started by mixing two of our favorite biscuit recipes a la Pinterest – 7-Up and Red Lobster biscuits (check our Inspiration and Yumm boards on Pinterest for these recipes). Arriving at 2 cups of Bisquick, 4 oz feta cheese, and 1/2 cup of sour cream.

Then we started playing mixologist in the kitchen figuring out which beer would pair perfectly with the feta. After a few options, we decided on Honey Brown lager. Somehow when you try a bite of feta cheese and wash it down with a sip of Honey Brown, the tastes meld into this one surprisingly new taste, which isn’t that exactly what you want from a recipe? So we added in 1/2 cup of the Honey Brown to the Bisquick mix.

We coated the pan with melted butter to make sure it didn’t stick while baking, then dropped in the cut biscuits to the dish. Baked them at 450F for 12-14 minutes, put a wash of melted butter on top, then popped them back in the oven at 350F for another 5-10 minutes until they were done and golden brown.

Now comes the experimentation factor. We tried it 3 different ways: plain, a honey glaze, and a watermelon honey glaze. You can choose which of the 3 you’d like or you can try all 3, completely your call. The honey glaze we made by just heating honey up in the microwave for a few seconds to make it brush-able onto the biscuits. Then the watermelon honey glaze was made the same way just add in a half-shot of Midori melon liquor.

We let people try each of the three and let them be the judge, so far the honey glaze is the favorite, then the watermelon-honey came in second. So if you’re feeling adventurous and wanting to roll with Panem’s favorite baker, go ahead and give the Feta Beer Biscuits a chance and let us know what you think.

In the meantime, we’ve designed a Hunger Games shirt for the baker in your family. Now we’re off to the midnight showing – Happy Hunger Games!

 

Feta Biscuits Recipe
2 Cups Bisquick
4 oz Feta Cheese Crumbles
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/4 Cup Melted Butter
1/4 Cup Heated Honey
.5 oz Midori Melon Liquor

Preheat the oven to 450F. Coat the pan with melted butter, then mix remaining ingredients. Drop biscuits into the dish and bake for 12-14 minutes. Then put a butter wash over the biscuits, turn the oven down to 350F and continue baking for 5-10 minutes. Top with the glaze of your choice – honey or watermelon-honey.




May The Odds Be Ever In Your *Cupcake* Favor

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Last night was the LA premier of The Hunger Games and it marked only 12 days until the opening of the movie next Friday. The Hunger Games phenomenon has seemingly sweeped the nation off it’s feet. Now whether your love for the series is real or not real, ours here at 21 & ‘Upcakes is quite real and no illusion of the tracker jackers.So in honor of the upcoming release, we’ve come up with a printable and step-by-step instructions for creating your own mockingjay pin cupcake topper. Perfect for you and your fellow tributes for the start of the 74th Annual Hunger Games.

First you’ll need the following:
- Yellow or White rolled fondant (available at your local Joanne’s or Michaels)
- Black food write marker (normally comes in a variety pack)
- Red and Yellow food spray paint
- X-acto knife or similar tool

Open the fondant roll out according to box directions. Once it’s rolled out to desired thickness (about an 1/8″), spray with yellow spray paint with an even coat. Then using the red spray paint about 5″ above the fondant, spray a light dusting level over the yellow fondant. Set aside to let the paint dry.

 

 

In the meantime, printout the PDF from here onto preferably thicker printer paper (thinner paper doesn’t tend to hold up as well). There are two options on the sheet, a simplified edges version and a detailed wing version. Either will work, it just depends on your level of determination at the time. Using an X-acto knife, very carefully cut along the solid lines of the printout.

Once the paint is dry on the fondant, place the stencil cutout onto the fondant. Using the dull end of a pen or paintbrush, lightly follow along the dotted lines making a slight impression onto the fondant. This will give the fondant some depth with shadows and highlights.

Then, using the food marker, fill in the blank spaces around the stencil. Be careful not to let the stencil move as you color in the blank space. Once everything is drawn on, remove the stencil and fill in any missed spots. If the paint wasn’t completely dry before putting the stencil dawn, there could be some water spots on the fondant. If this happens, you can spray some more of the yellow paint on top and smudge it with your fingers if needed.

 

Cut around the stencil to the desired size. We used a glass from Ikea that worked perfectly. Let the fondant dry completely (preferably overnight in the refrigerator) before placing as topper on your cupcakes. And there you have it, a mockingjay fitted for Panem’s favorite baker, Peeta Mellark. Be sure to check out our Flaming Dr. Pepper cupcake, pairs well as the cupcake on fire. And if you’re feeling especially ambitious, you can try carving the same design out of fondant using the template for the 3D look to.

 


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