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Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass - Get recipes for a full film-themed meal to enjoy with your family while watching the movie

Yay!  It’s the first Friday of the month!

Can I tell you that when I first came up with the idea of Dinner and a Movie, Alice Through the Looking Glass is the film I had in mind.  And now, well, we’re through the holidays and while I am super pleased with how Squanto and The Grinch turned out (both as a writer and by their popularity), this movie.  This is the one.  If you don’t believe that Alice is one of my all-time favorite characters, go look in my shop. My novel studies are series-titled Lit Looking Glass.

Yeah yeah.  Lewis Carroll.  The Mad Hatter.  The Tea Party.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass - Get recipes for a full film-themed meal to enjoy with your family while watching the movie

Now, listen.  I know these films don’t really, exactly follow the books.  But this Mad Hatter?  My all-time fave.  I’m not one of those 80s babies who swoons over Johnny Depp, but he’s a heck of an actor, and he brought my biggest book crush to life in the best way.

And I don’t know what it says about me that I’ve crushed on the Hatter since I was a wee bairn.  I don’t think we need to analyze that too closely.

When this film first came out I was afraid to watch it.  Alan Rickman is probably my very favorite-ist actor ever, and I was desolate when he died.  Alice without Absolem?   Absolem without Rickman? ( * sob *)  But I loved that he opened the film with his rich, British accent and that they closed it with a dedication to him.  In fact, I cried like I had just heard about his death when that dedication popped up.

Everything in between?  If you haven’t seen the film yet, you’re in for a real treat.  The Hatter is nuttier than the fruitcake he was in the first film, and Alice is just as bold and adventurous, if not more so.  I love that the Alice of these films is a strong woman who chases her dreams against improbable odds and that she barely flinches when things get weird.  There’s a task to be accomplished, and Alice accomplishes it with relish.  And all the weird is so extraordinary and magical it gave me a deeper appreciation for the original stories.

So watch this film with your littles and enjoy going through the looking glass.

But, I mean, you have to have high tea.  Come On.

High Tea

High Tea for Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass - recipes to hold your own tea with your littles while watching the film

A British afternoon tea is kind of like a light lunch with finger sandwiches and yummy breads and cakes.  And you need to have one while watching this film, so here are the goods.  You’re welcome.

Dinner

Sandwiches and breads are key to this thing, so dinner will be a light, easy affair.  But start off with this amazing artisan bread recipe that will disappear in minutes and is one of the easiest bread recipes I’ve ever made.  No kidding.  But you have to start it at least 8 hours, if not the day, before.  It Is Not Hard.  Don’t let that day-before thing intimidate you.  Think of it like putting something in the slow cooker.  Only easier.

Easy Peasy Artisan Bread Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Easy Peasy Artisan Bread

What you need (seriously, this is all you need):

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water (105-110F)
  • A dutch oven or other oven-safe pot with a lid
  • cooking spray

What you do:

Day One:

  • Stir together flour, salt, and yeast
  • With a wooden spoon, stir in water until you have a shaggy-looking dough  (don’t over-stir)
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours or as long as 24 hours (I tried both)

Day 2:

  • When dough is ready, preheat oven to 450F
  • Place your uncovered dutch oven into the preheated oven for 30 minutes
  • While dutch oven is heating, turn your dough out onto a floured surface
  • Flour your hands and form the dough into a ball
  • Cover with plastic and let it rest until the 30 minutes are up on the dutch oven
  • Carefully remove the dutch oven, spray lightly with cooking spray, and place the dough into it
  • Cover with dutch oven lid and return to oven for 30 minutes
  • Remove lid and bake another 7-10 minutes until your crust is as brown as you like it
  • Carefully remove bread from dutch oven and slice

O.M.G  Perfectly chewy center, crisp crust–this is perfection in bread.  I don’t think it lasted 15 minutes in my house.  These boys went crazy for it.

Cucumber Finger Sandwiches

The artisan bread is the basis for your meal.  Slice it thinly for sandwiches, but leave some for thick slices slathered in butter.  Cucumber sandwiches are authentic for a British tea.

What you need:

  • 4-8 slices homemade artisan bread
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 8 oz cream cheese

What you do:

  • Remove crust from bread
  • Spread cream cheese over 1 slice of bread
  • Top with cucumber slices
  • Add second slice of bread atop cucumber slices
  • Cut sandwich in half or quarters, just enough to be bite size

You can make other sandwiches in the same manner, of course.  Think tuna or salmon or even peanut butter and jelly.  Whatever your littles will enjoy.

Ham slices and artisan bread with butter for a Mad Tea Party in Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Ham Slices

What you need:

What you do:

  • Slice ham in 1/4 – 1/2″   slices, nice and thick
  • Arrange it on a tray to be enjoyed with thick slices of buttered artisan bread

Dessert

Enjoy this Victoria Sponge Cake with high tea for Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Victoria Sponge Cake

Apparently this is a genuine thing in Britain.  (So my British readers can correct me if I’m wrong.)  It’s relatively easy, it’s delicious, and it’s British?  Um, I’m all in.

What you need:

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanillla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 Tbsp jam (to be authentic, use raspberry.  We used homemade elderberry)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

If you can’t get your hands on caster sugar, just run your granulated sugar through a food processor until its very fine but not powder.

What you do:

  • Heat oven to 375F
  • Butter and flour dust 2 cake pans
  • Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla together
  • Add eggs 1 at a time, mixing well after each
  • Add flour; mix well
  • Divide mix between cake pans
  • Bake about 20 minutes until golden brown
  • Cake should spring back when gently pressed
  • Allow to cool in pans for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool completely
  • Once cool, spread jam over 1 cake, the spread whipped cream over jam
  • Top with second cake
  • Swoon

Snack

These awesome Card Suit Sugar Cookies are sure to be a hit with Alice fans. Check out this recipe and more in Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Card Suit Sugar Cookies

I mean, I can’t even.  Do you see how cute those are?  We made each suit in both red and ‘black’ (or chocolate-colored for the true connoisseur).

What you need:

For the cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking bowder
  • 1 tsp salt

For the red icing:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 oz neufchatel (or cream) cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring

For the Chocolate icing:

What you do:

  • Cream together butter and sugar until smooth
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour and as long as overnight (don’t skip this part)
  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Roll out dough on floured surface
  • Use a knife or cookie cutter to cut out shapes of each of the 4 card suits–hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs
  • Hint: If you have a heart cookie cutter, turn it upside down for the spade, then just add a base to it.   The circles for the club are easy as long as you have a small circular object to use.  I used a ceramic 1/8 cup measuring cup. 
  • Place cookies 1 inch apart on  ungreased cookie sheets
  • Bake 6- 8 minutes
  • Cool completely, then frost half with red icing and half with chocolate icing

For the red icing:

  • Cream butter and cream cheese
  • Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing till smooth
  • Add vanilla and mix well
  • Mix 10-15 drops food coloring till red
  • Frost cookies

For the chocolate icing:

  • In a small saucepan, melt almond bark with oil
  • Stir till well-mixed
  • Frost cookies

You guys.  Are you as in love with this Dinner and a Movie as I am?   I mean, Come On.  This is awesome stuff.  Now if you’ll excuse me, my artisan bread has risen and I need to throw it in the oven and start my Alice double feature.

I never said you couldn’t watch them both.

Love wins,

KT

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Story Time: Owl Moon

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.

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7 Comments

  1. So much fun! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week! Always a pleasure to have you!
    Tina

  2. Really cute idea for movie night!

  3. Love love love theming meals to movies! Pinning this!

  4. What a fun idea! My 4 year old was just wanting to watch this movie earlier. ha ha Thanks for sharing on the Family Joy link up. 🙂

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