Make Something Inspired by a Book
Anne of Green Gables is one of my favourite books and I love all the other books that follow in this series. I have some really fond memories of reading this for the first time when I was a kid. Honestly, the moment Anne smashes her slate over Gilbert Blythe’s head after he calls her carrots, is probably my favourite literary moment ever. Priceless.
It was pretty easy to come up with a recipe inspired by these books because there are so many hilarious food related moments. I picked a few of the following ingredients and quotes and decided to combine them into one glorious dish
“Mercy on us, Anne, you’ve flavoured that cake with anodyne liniment. I broke the liniment bottle last week and poured what was left into an old empty vanilla bottle. I suppose it’s partly my fault–I should have warned you–but for pity’s sake why couldn’t you have smelled it?”
– I decided to go for a chocolate cakey waffle. Flavoured with vanilla of course.
“I wish people could live on pudding. Why can’t they, Marilla? I want to know.”
– Wise words from Anne and a bit of inspiration of what to fill these waffles with
Plum Pudding with Caramel Sauce
“Everything went right until I saw Marilla coming with the plum pudding in one hand and the pitcher of pudding sauce, warmed up, in the other. Diana, that was a terrible moment. I remembered everything and I just stood up in my place and shrieked out, ‘Marilla, you mustn’t use that pudding sauce. There was a mouse drowned in it. I forgot to tell you before.’ Oh, Diana, I shall never forget that awful moment if I live to be a hundred.”
– hahaha brilliant moment. I decided to chuck some fresh plums into the waffle mix and drizzle the whole dish in a caramel sauce
This is what makes up The Anne Shirley Waffle
For the waffles:
- 1 cup plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup non dairy milk
- 3 tbsp oil
- handful of fresh plums, pitted and chopped
For the pudding:
- Equal parts non dairy spread and brown sugar
- splash of soya cream
- First off make the butterscotch pudding and pop into the fridge for a few hours.
- Grease and preheat the waffle iron. Mix all the dry ingredients together, add the wet ingredients and mix until just combined
- Spoon 1/3 cup of the mixture into the iron at a time. Cook according to your machines instructions
- While the waffles are cooking melt together the butter and sugar for the caramel sauce. Leave to boil for a few minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the cream. Set to one side
- To assemble the dish, sandwich pudding between two waffles, top with more pudding and a plum and smother in caramel sauce.
Makes 6 waffles
These were pretty bloody good. The plum gave a nice fruity sourness to the waffles and all that sugar in the pudding and sauce was pretty darn delightful. I wish I could describe these in an Anne Shirley fashion but I’m just not brimming with imagination like her.
Did anyone else read this series and love it as much as I did?