You are what you read: recipes based on books

By IYWP Intern Emily Hott


“Why don’t we go and have a butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks, it’s a bit cold, isn’t it?” – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling 

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This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention this iconic drink. Since most of us probably can’t make it out to the Universal Theme Park in Orlando to try it, now is the perfect time to make this recipe. In the comments, some reviewers recommended trying out marshmallow topping instead of whipped cream, so there is some room for creative experimentation!


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Apple Turnovers

“These turnovers were an institution, and the girls called them ‘muffs’, for they had no others and found the hot pies very comforting to their hands on cold mornings.” – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

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These always sounded so good to me when I read Little Women as a kid. I also loved how genius it was to have the March Sisters use the turnovers to warm their hands. For recreating this recipe, I included two different recipes that vary in terms of time commitment and difficulty.


This recipe utilizes pre-made crescent roll dough and canned pie filling making it suitable for a quick afternoon project.

Quick and easy recipe 

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If you are feeling up for it, you can try your hand at making both the filling and dough. Many of the reviewers recommended reading the linked blog post about making puff pastry before diving into the recipe.

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“If you give a pig a pancake, she’ll want some syrup to go with it. You’ll give her some of your favorite maple syrup, and she’ll probably get all sticky, so she’ll want to take a bath. She’ll ask you for some bubbles.” – If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff 


I recently spent a few weeks back home and my mom requested these pancakes at least five times. Hands down, these are the best pancakes I’ve ever made. This recipe does require you to buy buttermilk, but the leftover buttermilk can be used to make biscuits or buttermilk roast chicken or many other delicious things.





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Chocolate Cake

“The cook disappeared. Almost at once she was back again staggering under the weight of an enormous round chocolate cake on a china platter. The cake was fully eighteen inches in diameter and it was covered with dark-brown chocolate icing.” – Matilda by Roald Dahl

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I recently made this recipe and oh my it was so rich and so delicious. I highly recommend making this chocolate cake. This recipe is adapted from the legend herself, Ina Garten, but the addition of sour cream in the frosting gives it a slight tang and cuts through the sweetness.



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Blackberry Cobbler

“I used that sugar.” Uncle Julian shook his finger at her. “I used that sugar myself, on my blackberries. Luckily,” and he smiled blandly, “fate intervened. Some of us, that day, she led inexorably through the gates of death. Some of us, innocent and unsuspecting, took, unwillingly, that one last step to oblivion. Some of us took very little sugar.” – We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson 

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I could not stop myself from including one of my favorite books. This cobbler recipe also happens to be one of my favorite desserts to make. It’s so good I’ve eaten it for breakfast the day after. While this recipe is not laced with poison, as the blackberries in We Have Always Lived in the Castle unfortunately were, it is delicious. 


The recipe is officially for a cherry cobbler, but I have been able to recreate it using different fruit. Blackberries work very well because they are slightly tart, but I’ve tried using raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries which all worked.

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