Y’all I bought the Hunger Games Cookbook and lemme tell you… there is some crazy shizz in there! But once you get past the recipes for Wild Dog Stew or Roasted Rat, there are some really great recipes, some of which I’m dying to try.
Guys, there is a reason Peeta has big muscley arms. There is lots of kneading to make this bread, although I guess it’s about normal. I’ve never made bread, so it was my first experience with the work out you get from making bread.
Fresh out of the oven! Looks so good!
Bread in the bundt pan.
My main complaint with this recipe is that you basically just sprinkle on the raisins and walnuts (which I left out because I didn’t feel like buying any) and then are supposed to knead it together. This doesn’t result in lovely, evenly distributed raisins but instead giant clumps of raisins.
Peeta’s Hearty Raisin Nut Bread is more or less just a basic wheat bread. The recipe calls for honey, cinnamon, and sugar but not enough to actually do anything to it. On each of the recipes there’s a little “Tips from Your Sponsor” section – which are super cute BTW – and this one suggests doubling the amounts of cinnamon and sugar for a sweeter bread. I would definitely suggest doing this if you’re going to make this. It would make for a yummier breakfasty type bread.
See? Raisin clumps!
But if you’re happy with just a no-frills wheat bread, you can just stick to the recipe. I’ve been thinking about other things I could add to make it yummy to my tastes… I think adding some orange flavoring, orange zest, and dried cranberries in place of the raisins and nuts would be good. Or maybe adding more cinnamon and pecans for a spicier, rich flavored loaf. I think the bread itself is a good canvas to get all Peeta-y in the kitchen.
Overall, great first start to my cook book! Since it’s Lent and I’m not eating meat, I can’t yet try the Lamb Stew with Dried Plums or the Wild Raccoon Sauteed in Bacon Drippings (yum!); luckily there’s a recipe in there for Greasy Sae’s Spicy Vegetarian Chili!
Stay tuned for more Hunger Games recipes and may the odds be ever in your favor