Happy Hobbit was asked to send in footage for PBS’s The Great American Read episode “Other Worlds” featuring a segment about J.R.R. Tolkien. Since they didn’t use our interview, we are sharing it here for your enjoyment!
Kili wants to bake a tasty treat to thank Bilbo for the “brownie bites” recipe he gave to Fili… but will it all be a disaster?
– 4 to 5 cups of fresh or frozen berries (if using frozen you will need more thickener)
– 2/3 cup of sugar
– 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
– 1/4 cup of flour
– Instant Clear Jel, quick-cooking tapioca, or another thickener.
– 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
– 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt
– 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) of chilled butter (or lard)
– Up to 6 tablespoons of ice water
Use your torture device of Sauron (food processor) to chop the butter into the flour and salt until it has a grainy, sand-like consistency. Add ice water one or two tablespoons at a time as needed.
Flour your workspace and your rolling pin then roll out the dough for the tarts one handful at a time. Place a spoonful of the berry mixture in the center and have fun trying to seal it all up! You can make it a dumpling shape or more of an open top. Use a fork to seal the edges. Brush the crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
Place in Smaug’s mouth (the oven) and bake at 450 F for 10 minutes, then 350 F for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is a golden brown.
Enjoy a stroll through our woods as dusk settles and the sounds shift from birds to insects.
Join Kili and her sweetheart Bard as they visit the varied Tolkien-inspired landscapes of County Kerry (and a little from County Galway), Ireland! Then, maybe learn a thing or two from Bard about fishing for wrasse from the shore.
Join Kili to learn how to make cherry wine from fruit juice!
We filmed this in 2015 and I kept waiting until I bottled the wine to have a complete episode, but it has been 3 years and I still haven’t, hence the delay!
“I will take the hidden path that runs west of the moon and east of sun…” A peaceful amble through a meadow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California. Indulge your inner Elf!