Thursday, June 29, 2017

LeFou's Brew New Fantasyland Recipe!

I love Beauty and the Beast so obviously I headed out into theater's with the masses last week and have been whistling Be Our Guest ever since. Though I love me some live action, the original holds my heart so when I visit Walt Disney World Resort, I never want to leave the Beauty and the Beast area of New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom! Being there for the first time back when it first opened was the most overwhelmed I have been in the parks since the first time I saw Cinderella's castle.  

When I decided I need a taste of Disney World to cheer me up, LeFou's Brew was my first thought.  (Here are my thoughts on Gaston's Tavern and Be Our Guest restaurants, by the way, if you stumbled here looking for reviews.)

In any case, I hit YouTube first but even though most recipes got rave comments they were just too easy or had ingredients that seemed to cost too much or take too much time.  I want something that won't set back my trip planning but will also bring me back to the parks.  Then when hunting on google I came across Home is Where the Mouse Is and their take came from a recipe from the Disney Diner

I adjusted the original recipe below but you can find the full recipe on the Disney Diner site and her tips for finding ingredients and putting this together. I found all the ingredients at my local grocery store except for the marshmallow syrup which I had to order online.  The link on the original recipe leads to a bottle for under $5 but that would've cost me $15 with standard shipping so I ordered from Amazon for $12 shipped prime for free! :)

LeFou's Brew Recipe


Foam Topping:
1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
4 tablespoons Mango Nectar/Juice

4 tablespoons Passionfruit Juice

Apple Slush:
2- 12oz cans of frozen Apple Juice
10-12 ice cubes
1/4 cup Torani Toasted Marshmallow Syrup 

1.  Topping: Combine whipping cream and juices into mixing bowl. Beat on high 5-7 minutes (until stiff peaks form when mixing)

2. Slush: Blend ice cubes until they are chopped up.  Add both cans of apple juice, water, and syrup.  Blend on high until mixed. 

3.  Pour slush into cup and top with whipped topping.  

4.  Enjoy :)

The foam here is really a lightly flavored homemade whipped cream but it works here because the Lefou's Brew in the park is foam that mimics the head on a beer.  If you want to make this an "adult beverage" you could most likely swap out the Butterscotch Schnapps for the marshmallow syrup and use the foam recipe I used for my Butterbeer here.
Also, this works better made to order, and should make about 4-5 cups of slush with plenty of whipped cream to top them off so I recommend halving the recipe rather than trying to go back for more later because you will have no choice but to freeze and re-mix any leftovers if you save for later! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ohana Dinner Bread Recipe! Yum!

After finally getting to try out the Polynesian dinner a couple years ago I was psyched to give this recipe a second try! It was just as good as I remember!  I stumbled upon the recipe for the "famous" bread on the Disney Recipes Facebook page and pinned it long ago.  The recipe was straightforward, and I followed the same directions but split mine into rolls.  The only thing I would change about this was maybe adding a second banana because the flavor wasn’t as strong as I would have liked and it didn’t quite have the consistency of a fruit bread.

1 ripe banana, crushed (but remember I think this needs to be increased to at least 2)
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup self-rising bread flour
4 tsp. shortening
1 egg yolk
3 Tbsp. powdered milk
1 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. yeast
4 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup butter

1. Place banana, egg yolk, water, shortening, salt, sugar, flour, powdered milk, and yeast in a mixing bowl; mix on low for two minutes and then on medium until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl.

2. Dust sides of bowl with flour so dough does not stick. Let rise to top of bowl. 

Cut dough into two pieces and roll tightly into loaf shape. (Instead, I made mine into 6 rolls).

3. Bake at 325 until golden brown and rise double the size.

4. Remove and (optional) brush with melted butter. 
My rolls took about 25 minutes.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Disney Movie Club FREE MOVIE offer!

As any Disney fanatic would, I obviously considered Disneyfying my home an essential part of the purchase of my new house! One of the things I waited to do until we were official was re-sign up for the Disney Movie Club, this is Disney's version of the Columbia House CD club that we all remember from the 80s and 90s. lol.

Basically you get 4 movies for $1, and commit to buying 4 more at MSRP over the next two years.  I did this full membership about a decade ago and found it worked out to be really cost effective.  You have a choice to accept or decline a title each month (accepting means they charge your card and ship it out).  If you choose blu-rays you are paying about $30 for 4 which = $120 at the end of commitment.  However you really got 8 movies so you are looking at $15 for each blu ray (most of which are combo packs).  If you choose wisely this could save you anywhere between $5-10 a movie.  If you are a Hayao Miyazaki fan it would be worth it for collecting Studio Ghibli alone!

Take into account a current Disney Visa Cardmember deal (although when I purchased it allowed me to use ANY credit card during sign up) and this deal is worth it for any fan! Head to the Disney Movie Club website and voila! (The link should give you the extra promo, but if it does not simply click up top to indicate you have a promo code.  Enter 42033 and suddenly the site will be transformed!) You will get 5 movies for $1 and only have to commit to buying 3! Now you are looking at $11.25 per movie if you combine your 5 initial plus the 3 from your commitment! Not even Amazon could beat that price!

But wait, there's more (LOL)!

You also get a free Olaf blanket! I was surprised by the quality, a thin fleece but still a nice addition to the throw blankets we keep in our living room! (Mine is pictured above!)

Obviously, all promos are subject to change and while there is no end date for this one, I am sure it won't be around for long.  ALWAYS remember that you should read all the fine print, be sure you understand what you are getting into when you make a club commitment, and consider the overall cost for your family.  There are small shipping charges and if you are not looking to build a library this may not be cost effective or helpful for you, and on the contrary may seem cumbersome and expensive.  It meets a need my family has, and I am excited to share even more Disney and Studio Ghibli with them! And I look forward to fulfilling my obligation with the great upcoming releases slated over the next few months!