In honour of Roald Dahl Day, we've chosen our favourite foods based on some treasured childhood reads. Yum!
1. Marmalade elevenses from Paddington
The little bear from Peru is a sucker for a marmalade-based snack.
Make something your favourite furry friend will love and rustle up your own marmalade. Warning: requires hot buttery toast.
2. Gingerbread men from, er, The Gingerbread Man
In the traditional fairytale, the gingerbread man escapes his role as the adopted son of a baker and makes a break for it across the countryside. Unfortunately the plucky little chap is too trusting in the company of a hungry fox. With his frightened eyes and open mouth, this little guy had us quite conflicted about our biscuit consumption for years. Who knew biscuits had feelings?
If you weren't able to track down the gingerbread man yourself, you can catch up with the rest of his family by following this simple recipe.
3. Honey from Winnie-the-Pooh
He might have been a high-functioning addict, but it's fair to say Winnie was really on to something with the whole honey thing. Packed with natural antioxidants, honey is the perfect, sticky alternative to refined sugar. At least that's what we tell ourselves when we're drizzling it all over our pancakes.
Make Pooh proud by serving up this delicious honeycomb version of Eton mess.
4. Jam tarts from Alice In Wonderland
In topsy-turvy Wonderland, Alice finds herself punished for a crime she didn't commit and ends up at arguably the most frustrating tea party that ever was. The tarts are at the centre of the whole bonkers drama, and oozing with sticky fruit and crumbly pastry, it's no wonder why.
Via: Special Collections Toronto Public Library/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr: Toronto Public Library Special Collections
Have your very own tea party with these jammy beauties. Cut out a pastry heart to place in the jam if you really want to be on theme. If anyone asks "Who stole the tarts?" the answer will probably be "We did."
5. Chocolate cake from Matilda
No book since has made us feel quite so hungry and scared at the same time. In the ultimate kids v grown-ups tale, brave Bruce Bogtrotter takes on a chocolate Everest and triumphs. In your face, Miss Trunchbull!
See if you can give Brucey a run for his money by baking this indulgent chocolate cake and slathering it in buttery icing – go on, you know you want to.
6. Snozzcumbers from The BFG
The master of grisly description Roald Dahl had us searching for snozzcumber-guzzling giants and wishing we could whizzpop around the room after a big glug of frobscottle.
Grow your own gruesome vegetables using warty courgette or pickling cucumber seeds. Sow in April for real live Roald Dahl-approved fun.
7. And finally... The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A book that has truly stood the test of time for its totally captivating take on food, Eric Carle's beautiful illustrations still make us want to raid the larder.
Recapture some of the magic for the little ones with this brilliant cupcake arrangement. Learn how to pipe your cupcakes to perfection right here.