Fiction-Food Café

August 21, 2018

Pea-Butter Sandwiches | Princess on the Pea & Ever After High

Water streamed from her hair down her clothes into her shoes, and ran out at the heels. Yet she claimed to be a real Princess.

“We’ll soon find that out,” the old Queen thought to herself. Without saying a word about it she went to the bedchamber, stripped back the bedclothes, and put just one pea in the bottom of the bed. Then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on the pea. Then she took twenty eiderdown feather beds and piled them on the mattresses. Up on top of all these the Princess was to spend the night.

–”The Princess on the Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen

Note: This recipe was inspired by Andersen's short satire The Princess on the Pea, as well as “Princess pea-butter” sandwiches specifically mentioned in the Ever After High book series. Turns out, they’re the most popular lunch food in the Castleteria! Check out the Ever After High Fiction Kitchen Podcast episode here!

Princess on the Pea-Butter Sandwiches

2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 Cup Frozen Peas + extra for decorating
2 Tbsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp. Salt
Bread Slices
Asiago Cheese Slices

In a chilled mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, beat the cream on high for about 10 mins (put a large sheet of plastic wrap over the bowl & mixer so the liquid won’t splatter everywhere!). The butter solids & milk will separate. Beat until the solids form together. Strain the butter & milk through a cheese cloth (the butter milk can be used in other recipes) & return the butter to the mixing bowl.

Put the frozen peas into a food processor & pulse until the peas are broken into a sort of fine powder. Put this into the mixing bowl with the butter & add the honey, lemon juice, & salt. Beat on medium high for several minutes to combine thoroughly. Squeeze & strain again through the cheese cloth & put into a serving dish or container.

Lay a slice of cheese out flat & use a small sharp knife to cut a crown shape. Spread some of the pea-butter over a slice of bread, & then place the cheese crown in the center. Cut a whole pea in half, put a tiny bit of pea-butter on the cut side of it, & then fix it to the center of the crown. Store pea-butter in fridge with plastic wrap or lid. Before using, let it soften a little on the counter before spreading.

* For more food inspired by fairy tales try my Parsley & Hazelnut Pesto Salad, Hazelnut Parsnip Soup, & Poached Pears w Chocolate Sauce*

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