Request: The World Ends With You – Absolute Shadow Ramen

I will readily admit I know absolutely nothing about The World Ends With You, but what I do know about is tasty food. And when a game comes along that features so much tasty food that people endlessly request it, eventually I have to give in. Maybe it was just one person several times a week requesting “Anything from TWEWY”, but hey even if it was – you’re one hell of a persistent individual, and I respect that.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A pot, a wok or saucepan and a sieve.
Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
2 Pork Chops (Sliced in Half)
Salt & Pepper
1 Clove Garlic (Sliced)
1 Small White Onion (Sliced)
100g / 2 Cups Shitake Mushrooms (Sliced)
Savoy Cabbage (Sliced)
2 Tablespoons Black Bean Paste
2 Teaspoons Soy Sauce
320ml / 1⅓ Cups Miso Soup
90g / 1½ Cups Rice Vermicelli Noodles
1 Small Red Chilli (Sliced)
2 Spring Onions/Scallions (Sliced)
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
Making the Absolute Shadow Ramen:
Heat the olive oil and toasted sesame oil in a wok on a medium heat. Add the pork, season lightly with salt and pepper, and fry until golden. Remove from the pan when cooked.
Add the garlic, onion and half the sliced red chillies. Fry until the onion is soft and brown. Add the cabbage and mushrooms, followed by the black bean paste and soy sauce.
Meanwhile, boil a pot of water for the noodles. Once the water has boiled, cook the noodles for 2-3 minutes then strain.
Fill a bowl halfway with the noodles, pour over the hot miso soup and top with the pork and vegetables. Garnish with red chillies, sesame seeds and spring onions before serving.

There’s really nothing more satisfying or comforting than a bowl of noodles. “This treasure of the ramen world was born of a complete re-imagining of the soup, its flavor both familiar and brand new.” to achieve this rather lofty sensation, I decided to mix classic miso soup with the strong, dark flavours of black bean and a kick of chilli. The saltiness combined with strong garlic and ginger is, well, exactly how it should be - familiar and brand new. Also try serving this with marinaded grilled salmon or tofu. 
Like this? You might also enjoy the Muramasa: The Demon Blade – Fish Udon (???).

Request: The World Ends With You – Absolute Shadow Ramen

Difficulty: 2 Hearts

I will readily admit I know absolutely nothing about The World Ends With You, but what I do know about is tasty food. And when a game comes along that features so much tasty food that people endlessly request it, eventually I have to give in. Maybe it was just one person several times a week requesting “Anything from TWEWY”, but hey even if it was – you’re one hell of a persistent individual, and I respect that.

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Easter Egg: Super Mario World - Yoshi Eggs

It’s Easter! I hope the Bunny was generous to you all, but just in case he wasn’t here’s a recipe for some cute Yoshi Egg chocolate pops.
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This recipe makes 14 Yoshi Egg pops.
What you will need: Two 7-egg shaped pop moulds, two small glass bowls, a metal spoon, 15 lollipop sticks, and a small saucepan.
Ingredients:
Green Chocolate Colouring
230g / 8 oz. White Chocolate (Finely chopped)
Preparing the Egg Moulds:
Place 30g / 1 oz. of the white chocolate in one of the bowls. Fill the saucepan with a small amount of water, and place the bowl over the saucepan.
Put the saucepan on a medium heat and bring the water to a simmer, slowly melt the chocolate. Once melted, add the green chocolate colouring to achieve the desired shade, mix well.
Using one of the lollipop sticks, dip it into the green chocolate. Using the lollipop stick like a paintbrush, create the three iconic spots on the inside of each egg mould. Remember the green spot pattern will be reversed on the mould!
Once each of the egg moulds have their spots, place them in the fridge to chill until set.
Making the Yoshi Eggs:
Meanwhile, use the same technique to melt the remainder of the white chocolate. Once the green spots are set, take the moulds from the fridge.
Using a small metal spoon, fill each of the egg moulds with some melted white chocolate. Place a lollipop stick so that it comes halfway up the egg onto the melted chocolate, rotate it so that it’s firmly coated.
Once each of the egg moulds are filled, gently tap the mould on a surface to knock out any air bubbles. Place the moulds in the fridge to chill until set.

Though incredibly simple to make with a little patience, these Yoshi Egg chocolate pops are adorable. Experiment by adding nuts, sprinkles or mini marshmallows to the chocolate for an additional touch.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Yoshi’s Cookie - Yoshi Cookies.

Easter Egg: Super Mario World - Yoshi Eggs

Difficulty: 2 Hearts

It’s Easter! I hope the Bunny was generous to you all, but just in case he wasn’t here’s a recipe for some cute Yoshi Egg chocolate pops.

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The Cave: Magnifico the Magnificent’s Invisible Cupcake

On its release several weeks ago, I was completely addicted to the wonderful little puzzle game that is The Cave. On my first adventure through its murky depths, I took with me The Adventurer, The Time Traveller and The Monk. The moment I had to travel back in time to block some dripping water to prevent a stalactite being formed in the present… ! I was sold. One of the more darker tales was that of The Hillbilly; a story of love and loss at the carnival, from whence our magical cupcake appears.
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This recipe makes 16 cupcakes.
What you will need: A muffin tray, brown cupcake cases, 3 mixing bowls, a whisk, a piping bag and a large nozzle.
For the Chocolate Cupcakes:
150g / ¾ Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
50ml / ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
400g / 1½ Cups Caster/Superfine Sugar
3 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
200g / 1¾ Cups Flour
125g / 1 Cup High Quality Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Baking/Bicarbonate Soda
Pinch of Salt
225ml / 1 Cup Milk
For the Strawberry Frosting:
110g / ½ Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
450g / 2 Cups Strawberry Flavoured Icing/Confectioners Sugar
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
To Garnish:
Strawberry Sauce
Edible Glitter
Red Maraschino Cherries
Making the Chocolate Cupcakes:
Line the muffin tray with the cupcake cases, and preheat the oven to 175C/350F.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter, vegetable oil and butter together until pale and smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each one, then add the vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking/bicarbonate soda and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter, and stir in. Next and half the milk and stir again. Repeat with the rest of the flour, follow by the milk until gently combined.
Fill the cupcake cases, and bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Until firm, but springy to the touch. Once baked, leave the cupcakes to cool completely.
Making the Strawberry Frosting:
In a large bowl, beat the butter until pale. Gradually add the strawberry flavoured icing/confectioners sugar while continuing to beat. Add a few tablespoons of milk as needed to thin the frosting to the desired consistency.
Garnishing Magnifico the Magnificent’s Invisible Cupcake:
Fill a piping bag fitted with a large nozzle with the strawberry frosting. Pipe a large swirl on top of the cupcake. Garnish with a drizzle of strawberry sauce, a sprinkle of edible glitter and a cherry on top.
Put the cupcake into your mouth and… tah-dah! Invisible! And yet the weight still counts - Magic!

If there’s one thing you should get more of at carnivals, beyond the hot-dogs and candy-floss, it’s cupcakes. Maybe that should be “cup-cakes” and it would be accepted among the other hyphenated foods… Chocolatey and delicious, there has never been such a thing as a disappointing cupcake. I only wish they were actually invisible, so then I could eat as many as I liked and no one would realise what a piggy I was being. I would simply appear to be yawning.
Gourmet Gaming is saddened to hear of Ron Gilbert’s recent departure from Double Fine, but look forward to the games he may make in the future.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Costume Quest - Mossy Log.

The Cave: Magnifico the Magnificent’s Invisible Cupcake

Difficulty: 3 Hearts

On its release several weeks ago, I was completely addicted to the wonderful little puzzle game that is The Cave. On my first adventure through its murky depths, I took with me The Adventurer, The Time Traveller and The Monk. The moment I had to travel back in time to block some dripping water to prevent a stalactite being formed in the present… ! I was sold. One of the more darker tales was that of The Hillbilly; a story of love and loss at the carnival, from whence our magical cupcake appears.

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Gourmet Gaming’s rather personal GOTY list about games from 2012…
Best food:
Guild Wars 2
One of my favourite Gourmet Gaming posts of the year was the Guild Wars 2 Chocolate Omnomberry Cake!
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Worst food:
Dishonored
If there’s one place I wouldn’t want to live it would be the city of Dunwall. Jellied Eels and Brined Hagfish are just a few of the ‘delicacies' on offer.
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Best game to play while eating:
Halo 4
There are plenty of cutscenes which provide the perfect opportunity for face-stuffing. Play co-op to double these snack chances.
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Most unexpected food in a game:
Legend of Grimrock – Blueberry Pie
Lost somewhere in the endless labyrinth of stone tunnels there is a blueberry pie. How, why… what? At least it’s not a Baked Maggot.
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Character most likely to get diabetes:
Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw)
Sure, she’s fit now, but Juliet’s diet of lollipops and junk food wont be doing her any favours for the future.
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Best food and game partnership:
Hitman: Absolution and Rustlers
Came with a buy-one-get-one-free voucher for Rustlers’ microwave burgers in the UK; Zero to tasty in Agent 47 seconds. Apparently.
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Game that should have had food:
Borderlands 2
I love the Borderlands universe and the seemingly endless loot. But Gearbox, Y U NO randomly generate noms?!
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Most brutal rationing in a game:
The Walking Dead
There were few things emotionally harder this year than playing The Walking Dead and deciding who got what to eat.
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Most anticipated foods for 2013:
Grand Theft Auto V
GTA has always delivered on bizarrely awesome foods and in-game franchises. I’m hoping GTA:V is no exception.
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Ni No Kuni
The cutest ice-cream sundaes and curries have been spied…

Gourmet Gaming’s rather personal GOTY list about games from 2012…

Best food:

Guild Wars 2

One of my favourite Gourmet Gaming posts of the year was the Guild Wars 2 Chocolate Omnomberry Cake!

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Worst food:

Dishonored

If there’s one place I wouldn’t want to live it would be the city of Dunwall. Jellied Eels and Brined Hagfish are just a few of the ‘delicacies' on offer.

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Best game to play while eating:

Halo 4

There are plenty of cutscenes which provide the perfect opportunity for face-stuffing. Play co-op to double these snack chances.

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Most unexpected food in a game:

Legend of Grimrock – Blueberry Pie

Lost somewhere in the endless labyrinth of stone tunnels there is a blueberry pie. How, why… what? At least it’s not a Baked Maggot.

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Character most likely to get diabetes:

Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw)

Sure, she’s fit now, but Juliet’s diet of lollipops and junk food wont be doing her any favours for the future.

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Best food and game partnership:

Hitman: Absolution and Rustlers

Came with a buy-one-get-one-free voucher for Rustlers’ microwave burgers in the UK; Zero to tasty in Agent 47 seconds. Apparently.

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Game that should have had food:

Borderlands 2

I love the Borderlands universe and the seemingly endless loot. But Gearbox, Y U NO randomly generate noms?!

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Most brutal rationing in a game:

The Walking Dead

There were few things emotionally harder this year than playing The Walking Dead and deciding who got what to eat.

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Most anticipated foods for 2013:

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA has always delivered on bizarrely awesome foods and in-game franchises. I’m hoping GTA:V is no exception.

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Ni No Kuni

The cutest ice-cream sundaes and curries have been spied…

Request: Minecraft – Pumpkin Pie

Someone was kind enough to remind me that it is Thanksgiving soon! Here in the UK we don’t celebrate the holiday, nor do we eat enough sweet pumpkin flavoured things if you ask me, so I was very, very excited when I saw Minecraft had recently added Pumpkin Pie. This recipe is a bit of a hybrid between a traditional pie, a cheesecake and delicious edible pixels. I promise this is the last recipe of the year that is orange and involves pastry, because it took me 4 attempts to get it just right this time. Not quite as simple as the input made it appear…
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This recipe makes 2 small Pumpkin Pies.
What you will need: A 9-inch loose base cake tin, a large bowl, a whisk/electric mixer, and a 3.5 inch round cookie cutter.
Ingredients:
150g / 6 oz Shortcrust Pastry [Recipe]
150g /⅔Cup Light Brown Sugar
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Ground Ginger
⅛Teaspoon Nutmeg
Pinch of Salt
400g / 2 Cups Cream Cheese (Room Temperature)
3 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
230g / 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
To Garnish:
Various shades of orange icing, cut into small squares.
Preparing the Pumpkin Pie:
Preheat the oven to 200C/390F. With your pastry prepared, roll it out to about 1cm thick, and cut a piece to line the base of your cake tin.
Bake it in the oven for 12 minutes until golden, then remove and leave to cool. Once it’s out of the oven, turn the temperature down to 180C/355F.
Meanwhile, combine the light brown sugar with the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In a separate large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
Gradually add the sugar and spices, while continuing to beat the cream cheese. Next add the eggs, vanilla and maple syrup and mix well.
Stir in the pumpkin and mix again until combined, then pour the mixture over the now cooled pastry. Place a small tray of water in the bottom of the oven to keep the air moist.
Put the pumpkin pie in the middle of the oven to bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, change the temperature of the oven to 160C/320F and bake for another 15 minutes.
Once firm, remove the pumpkin pie and leave to cool before placing in the fridge to chill for several hours, or overnight.
Making the Pumpkin Pie:
Remove the pumpkin pie from the cake tin and place on a flat surface. With the cooking and chilling, the filling will have contracted. Take a large round cookie cutter, and cut two perfect cakes from the large cake.
Decorate each of the pumpkin pies with tiny icing pixels, and serve with some freshly whipped maple cream.

Beautifully creamy, fluffy and light with a crisp base – I’m feeling hybrids in baking are the way to go. I loved the sweetness with the spices, and then the unusual taste of pumpkin was really complimented by the gentle sour of the cream cheese. While I have no prior pumpkin experience, it was pretty delicious and something I’d like to bake into more cakes in the future for sure.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Cheesecake.

Request: Minecraft – Pumpkin Pie

Difficulty: 3 Hearts

Someone was kind enough to remind me that it is Thanksgiving soon! Here in the UK we don’t celebrate the holiday, nor do we eat enough sweet pumpkin flavoured things if you ask me, so I was very, very excited when I saw Minecraft had recently added Pumpkin Pie. This recipe is a bit of a hybrid between a traditional pie, a cheesecake and delicious edible pixels. I promise this is the last recipe of the year that is orange and involves pastry, because it took me 4 attempts to get it just right this time. Not quite as simple as the input made it appear…

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Expendables XBLA (5)
From Dust XBLA (5)
Outland XBLA (5)
From Dust PSN (5)
Mad Riders PSN (5)
Winners of the Ubisoft codes will be picked and announced on Thursday 11th October.

Gourmet Gaming is proud the be part of the Loading Indiegogo campaign!

http://www.indiegogo.com/loading

Loading, who are famous for the most inspired gaming cocktails of all time, are looking to open a new gaming bar and café in London and they need your help!

Donate today to their Indiegogo, help them raise $50,000 and get amazing rewards for your generosity. Including Insert Coin tees, signed Rocksteady merchandise, or even a Loading party with drinks and food from Gourmet Gaming!

Ubisoft Game Codes

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Expendables XBLA (5)

From Dust XBLA (5)

Outland XBLA (5)

From Dust PSN (5)

Mad Riders PSN (5)

Winners of the Ubisoft codes will be picked and announced on Thursday 11th October.

Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy – Steak and Fries

Today marks a very special day in both my gaming and personal life, a day when the two finally came together. Fahrenheit (or Indigo Prophecy as it’s called in the USA) was the first game I ever played with A, and today is our seven year anniversary. Since then, we’ve played many games together including Quantic Dream’s other incredible offering, Heavy Rain. For me, Quantic Dream offer more than just games - they offer journeys.
Steak and Fries is the abandoned meal at Doc’s Diner during the introduction to Fahrenheit, an unsettlingly wholesome all-American touch in a world that dwindles into madness. So I thought what better meal to present on the anniversary of entering a similar world of madness; a gaming relationship with me.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A large bowl, a large, deep frying pan, a slotted spoon, a colander, kitchen/paper towels, and a griddle pan.
Ingredients:
2-3 Potatoes (Russet, Maris Piper or King Edward)
Sunflower Oil
2 Organic Beef Steak Medallions (or any steak you like)
1 Garlic Clove
Fresh Rosemary
Making the Fries:
Peel the potatoes and trim the rounded tops and bottoms off. Chop the potatoes in half length-ways, and then cut into French-fry shaped slices.
Place the fries into a large bowl of water and allow them to steep for 30 minutes. Drain the fries and rinse them well, then pat dry with paper towels.
Meanwhile, heat a good amount of oil in a large pan. To test the oil to see when it’s ready drop a small piece of potato into the oil. When the potato goes brown, remove it from the pan, and the oil is ready to use!
In small batches, submerge the fries into the hot oil for 1-2 minutes, then remove and dry on paper towels.
Once the fries are dry and cool, put them into the oil again until crisp and golden brown. Spoon them out onto fresh paper towels and sprinkle with a little salt.
Preparing the Steak:
Make sure you allow your steak to rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. On a high heat, warm a griddle pan.
Rub a little salt and pepper into the steak then place in the pan. Cook it to your taste, evenly on both sides.
When you turn it over, rub a clove of garlic and some fresh rosemary into the cooked side. Serve with the fries, and a soft drink (and a coffee, if you’re feeling mysterious).

Luckily (or unfortunately) I don’t eat meat, so A was more than happy to devour the two steaks, and nothing beats crispy home-made fries. As for the anniversary, I’m hoping to do some seducing by playing what sounds like cheesy Nickleback on a guitar. It worked for Lucas Kane, after all [Explicit Content – NSFW]. Or maybe we’ll just play Borderlands 2.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Golden Axe - Meat.

Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy – Steak and Fries

Difficulty - 2.5 Hearts

Today marks a very special day in both my gaming and personal life, a day when the two finally came together. Fahrenheit (or Indigo Prophecy as it’s called in the USA) was the first game I ever played with A, and today is our seven year anniversary. Since then, we’ve played many games together including Quantic Dream’s other incredible offering, Heavy Rain. For me, Quantic Dream offer more than just games - they offer journeys.

Steak and Fries is the abandoned meal at Doc’s Diner during the introduction to Fahrenheit, an unsettlingly wholesome all-American touch in a world that dwindles into madness. So I thought what better meal to present on the anniversary of entering a similar world of madness; a gaming relationship with me.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire – Snowberry Crostata

Hearthfire, or “Sim-rim” as I like to call it, was released as DLC for The Elder Scrolls V this week. I’m not sure if while wandering the beautifully stark landscape of Skyrim one of the thoughts in your mind was “This sure is the perfect place to start a family!” (it’s not, it’s full of dragons), but build ye shall.
A Snowberry Crostata is the perfect dish for a citizen of Skyrim; Snowberries are renown for their frost and fire resisting properties, and what’s better after a day out Fus-Ro-Dah’ing or getting lost in a Dwemer ruin than a home baked treat.
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This recipe makes 2 Snowberry Crostatas.
What you will need: Two saucepans, a sieve, a whisk, a container, a baking tray, a rolling pin, a knife, a round 7inch template and a pastry brush.
For the Crema Pasticcera:
70g / ⅓ Cup Sugar
½ Vanilla Pod (Scored)
3 Egg Yolks (Room Temperature)
30g / ¼ Cup Flour
225ml / 1 Cup Whole Milk (Two Halves)
For the Snowberry Crostata:
350g / 12 oz. Shortcrust Pastry – Recipe
200g / 1 Cup Berries/Fruits
Redcurrants
Cherries (Pitted)
Blackcurrants
2 Tablespoons Orange Juice
50g / ¼ Cup Sugar
1 Beaten Egg
Preparing the Crema Pasticcera:
Warm half a cup/110ml of milk with the vanilla pod on a low heat and in a good saucepan. Allow it to slowly just come to the boil. Keep an eye on this, do not let it boil over or burn! Once your milk is bubbling, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.
Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until a creamy paste is formed. Sieve in the flour and add the other half cup of milk. Whisk together again until well combined.
Remove the vanilla pod from the cooled milk, then add the egg mixture. Return the saucepan onto a very low heat, and whisk continually as it warms through.
After several minutes, the custard will begin to thicken. Once the crema pasticcera has reached a good consistency, immediately pour it into a container and place in the fridge to cool completely.
Preparing the Snowberry Filling:
In a saucepan warm the redcurrants, blackcurrants and cherries (or whatever berries or fruits you like) with the orange juice and sugar on a medium heat until they soften.
Once the berries have simmered for a few minutes and start to resemble a jam, remove them from the heat and set aside to cool. Feel free to keep some fresh berries or fruits aside to use as a garnish.
Making the Crostata:
Prepare and line a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper/baking parchment and preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
Roll out your dough on a floured surface to about 3cm thick. Cut a round of dough 7 inches in diameter and place on the prepared baking tray.
Spoon 3 tablespoons of the chilled crema into the middle of the pastry, spread it around but leave a border of pastry about an inch around it. Wash a little beaten egg on the pastry around the crema.
Next, carefully fold over the pastry edges around the crema, keeping the folds neat and flat. Cover the pastry with a wash of beaten egg.
Pile 2 tablespoons of the fruit compote on top of the crostata, and allow it to just about cover the folded edges. Sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top, then place in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes.

Crostatas are a type of traditional Italian pie. What’s an Italian inspired pie doing in a Nordic set game, you ask? Maybe some rogue Kajiit or Dunmer merchant smuggled it in from a neighbouring province… Who knows! But it sure is tasty. It’s simple and rustic, with a great balance between the sweet vanilla crema and tart fruits. I was initially going to only use redcurrants or cranberries for the crostata, but decided they were slightly too sour. You could use any berry or fruit you like, but I decided to try and emulate the flavour I felt snowberries would have by creating a mixture.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Sweet Roll.

The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire – Snowberry Crostata

Difficulty - 3 Hearts

Hearthfire, or “Sim-rim” as I like to call it, was released as DLC for The Elder Scrolls V this week. I’m not sure if while wandering the beautifully stark landscape of Skyrim one of the thoughts in your mind was “This sure is the perfect place to start a family!” (it’s not, it’s full of dragons), but build ye shall.

A Snowberry Crostata is the perfect dish for a citizen of Skyrim; Snowberries are renown for their frost and fire resisting properties, and what’s better after a day out Fus-Ro-Dah’ing or getting lost in a Dwemer ruin than a home baked treat.

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Final Fantasy XI - Moogle Pie

I was shocked and appalled when I realised a food from Final Fantasy hadn’t been done yet. What the hell kind of gaming blog is this?! Inspired by our friends over at The Drunken Moogle, I thought what better way to pay tribute to such an epic and celebrated series than a fresh Moogle Pie! But don’t worry, these pies aren’t made from Moogles, but by Moogles. Though I can imagine a drunken one may be in charge of the pastry department, which explains why a Moogle Pie must be a little burnt to be truly authentic.
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This recipe makes 2 Moogle Pies.
What you will need: Greaseproof paper/baking parchment, a large baking tray, a vegetable peeler, a large pan, a knife, and a pastry brush.
Ingredients:
400g / 5 Cups Cooking Apples (4 Large apples approx.)
25g / ⅛ Cup Butter
25ml / ⅛ Cup Water
50g / ¼ Cup Caster/Super Fine Sugar
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Raisins
4 Tablespoons Apple/Orange Juice
Small Handful Breadcrumbs
320g / 11oz Ready-to-Roll Puff Pastry
1 Small Egg (Beaten)
Preparing the Moogle Pie:
Preheat the oven according to the directions on your puff pastry. Usually about 200C/390F. Prepare a baking tray with greaseproof paper/baking parchment. Soak the raisins in the apple/orange juice.
Peel and cor the apples, then chop them into small chunks. Keep them in a large bowl of cool water to stop them from browning.
In a large pan on a medium heat, warm the butter until melted then add the apples, sugar and water. Cook the apples for about 4-5 minutes, until softened.
Remove the pan from the heat, then stir in the raisins and the juice, cinnamon and breadcrumbs. Mix until well combined.
Making the Moogle Pie:
Unroll your puff pastry and cut it in half. Take one half of the sheet and lay it on the prepared baking tray; for ease, make one Moogle Pie at a time.
Add a few tablespoons of the apple filling to the middle of the pastry. Shape it into an even, long rectangle and make sure to leave about an inch of pastry and the top and bottom. Be careful not to over fill it.
Take the beaten egg and with the pastry brush, brush an outline of the beaten egg on the pastry around the apple filling; this will help the pastry to seal.
For the next step you can use a lattice pastry cutter to create a top layer of pastry if you have one, but if you don’t, use the plaiting/braiding method below.
Cut into the pastry on the long sides; create an equal number of strips of pastry on both sides. Finally, make a square flap at the bottom and top. Please see THIS illustration for help – it can be a little tricky!
Carefully tuck the bottom and top flaps over the apple filling. Begin to plait/braid the strips of pastry over the filling. Do this by alternating the strips of pastry over each other as you move down.
Lightly brush a little more beaten egg over the finished pastry, then pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes. Once it’s nicely golden, and maybe even a little burnt, remove it from the oven.
Allow it to cool before serving. Moogle Pie is delicious on its own, or with some custard, cream or ice-cream.

Luckily, I had my mom on hand (who I now suspect may be part Moogle herself due to her pastry plaiting skills) because this pie can be a little difficult to make look just right, but it’s most definitely worth it! The combination of a strudel and pie recipe was ideal, and although a Moogle Pie is traditionally apple, you could use the recipe above to also make peach, apricot or berry pies too. Just don’t forget your magic spell, and your Moogle Pie will always be delicious.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Fable II – Amazing Apple Pie.

Final Fantasy XI - Moogle Pie

Difficutly - 3.5 Hearts

I was shocked and appalled when I realised a food from Final Fantasy hadn’t been done yet. What the hell kind of gaming blog is this?! Inspired by our friends over at The Drunken Moogle, I thought what better way to pay tribute to such an epic and celebrated series than a fresh Moogle Pie! But don’t worry, these pies aren’t made from Moogles, but by Moogles. Though I can imagine a drunken one may be in charge of the pastry department, which explains why a Moogle Pie must be a little burnt to be truly authentic.

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Gourmet Gaming has passed 20,000 Tumblr followers!

What a wonderful number to wake up to on a Sunday! I can’t believe it happened so quickly. Thanks to all of you for your kindness and support, your wonderful comments and continued love of video games and food.

I’m currently putting together some awesome treats to give away to celebrate! Thank you!