In honour of Roald Dahl Day, we've chosen our favourite foods based on some treasured childhood reads. Yum!

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Via: Roald Dahl's The BFG/Sir Quentin Blake/


1. Marmalade elevenses from Paddington

The little bear from Peru is a sucker for a marmalade-based snack.

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“But whatever did you do for food?” asked Mr Brown. “You must be starving.” Bending down, the bear unlocked the suitcase with a small key, which it also had round its neck, and brought out an almost empty glass jar. “I ate marmalade,” he said, rather proudly. “Bears like marmalade."

Make something your favourite furry friend will love and rustle up your own marmalade. Warning: requires hot buttery toast.

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orange marmalade

Via: Sainsbury's Magazine/Photo: Martin Poole


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?

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Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!

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.

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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.

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winnie the pooh

Via: Winnie the Pooh/Disney/

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.

Make Pooh proud by serving up this delicious honeycomb version of Eton mess.

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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.

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alice wonderland

Via: Special Collections Toronto Public Library/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr: Toronto Public Library Special Collections

In the very middle of the court was a table, with a large dish of tarts upon it: they looked so good, that it made Alice quite hungry to look at them. "I wish they'd get the trial done," she thought.

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."

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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!

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Via: Matilda/Jersey Films/

“That was not boy’s cake! You don’t think for one minute I’m going to eat the filth I give to you? That cake was made from real butter and real cream!"

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.

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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.

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Via: Roald Dahl's The BFG/Sir Quentin Blake/

"Here is the repulsant snozzcumber!" cried the BFG, waving it about. "I squoggle it! I mispise it! I dispunge it! But because I is refusing to gobble up human beans like the other giants, I must spend my life guzzling up icky-poo snozzcumbers instead."

Grow your own gruesome vegetables using warty courgette or pickling cucumber seeds. Sow in April for real live Roald Dahl-approved fun.

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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.

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Via: The Very Hungry Caterpillar/Wikipedia

“On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon. That night he had a stomach ache."

Recapture some of the magic for the little ones with this brilliant cupcake arrangement. Learn how to pipe your cupcakes to perfection right here.

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caterplllar cake

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