Bubby: With all the fairy tale retellings we’ve been doing this month, we started thinking about why we love our fairy tales so much and why we like coming back to the same old stories time after time, year after year. For me, it’s like chocolate. I’ve eaten it thousands of times, in hundreds of permutations and I still never get tired of it. The traditional themes of love, betrayal, damsels in distress and magical hindrances speak to my soul (just like mint fudge brownies speak to my stomach) and make me so happy when the required happy ending arrives.
Sissy: Permutations, huh? Getting pretty fancy, aren’t we?
Bubby: I like big words and I cannot lie.
Sissy: That was so good I don’t even have anything to say back. So I’ll just say that chocolate and fairy tales serve the same purpose for me. Escape. I can read a fairy tale and escape from the real, not so lovely world and I can eat chocolate and escape from spinach.
Bubby: Spinach – not so bad. Let’s escape from kale! And beets! And Brussel sprouts!
Sissy: Escape from the vegetables! Also, fairy tales resemble life in that we all have to get through challenges before we reach our happy ending. And yes, that might be in the next life after we’re dead, blah blah blah I know.
Bubby: But in fairy tales, it’s now. I can pick up any number of the books on my shelf, flip to 20 pages from the back and have a fantastic happy ending any time I want. It’s the same reason that I always have chocolate in one form or another (or three, or seven) in my house at any given time. Maybe I have to wait for my personal happy ending, or for my loved ones to pull their heads out and find their happy, but with the help of fairy tales and chocolate, I can have a moment of blissful peace and joy right now.
Sissy: Instant gratification! That’s what we’re all about here at Bubble Bath Books. Don’t get me wrong – we work hard so we can have our happily ever afters and chocolate. For example, the Magical Chocolate Custard Cake recipe we are sharing today took 20 minutes to make, an hour to bake and an hour to cool. Hardly instant. But totally worth the wait. And when I eat it, I will feel gratified instantly!
Bubby: In case you’ve forgotten, here are some of the fairy tale inspired books we’ve reviewed:
A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating
First Light by Michele Paige Holmes
Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead
Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis
The Black Swans by N. W. Moors
Beauty by Robin McKinley
The Cold King by Amber Jaeger
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
Snow by Tracy Lynn
Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguie’
The Princess Problem by Diane Darcy
Hero by Alethea Kontis
The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett
Sissy: We promised magical chocolate to go along with our fairy tales, and here it is (from WhiteOnRiceCouple.com): Chocolate Magic Custard Cake. When we made this we followed the recipe as written, except we substituted 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder mixed with 3 Tbsp water for the espresso and topped it off with an easy mint fudge sauce.
It’s super easy – just mix together your dry ingredients, whip the wet ingredients and fold it all together. Amazingly, one thin batter will bake into a fudgey custard topped with a gooey sauce finished with a thin layer of sponge cake.
Bubby: Oh! Want to know the secret of the easy mint fudge sauce? Just melt 1 cup of mint chips (we like the Guittard brand) with 1 cup of your favorite chocolate chips and 1/4 cup evaporated milk. Add a bit more milk if the sauce is too thick. And yes, the picture is a little messy, but I had 5 pairs of grabby hands all trying to get the plate first, so I was drizzling while doing evasive maneuvers!
Sissy: May your fairy tales always have happy endings and may your chocolate stash never run dry!