Baking for Whovians: Doctor Who Treats from Across the Galaxy!

My Dear Lords and Ladies of Time,

Exterminate office boredom with some treats worthy of Gallifrey!

I know it may seem a little late in January to have a Happy Who Year celebration, but that’s exactly what I did this week. The first two weeks of the month many of my coworkers were either still out on vacation or home with this terrible flu (which should have been called The Oncoming Storm), so I patiently waited until there were enough people around to gobble up everything I wanted to make.

Let me first throw in a little bit about me and my love for the Doctor, just for background. At Comic Con 2009 I saw David Tennant, the sexiest man in the world, up sort-of close and personal when he made a surprise appearance at a “Who”/”Torchwood” screening, along with the fabulous John Barrowman and Russell T. Davies.

So goofy and adorable.

So goofy and adorable.

Then the next morning I got up early enough to score a good seat at the “Doctor Who” panel where David was goofy and charming. And goofy. Love him for the goofy.

For Comic Con 2011 I made a “Doctor Who” skirt out of the huge bags they give away and made myself a decent TARDIS bag. It was cool:


Look! I can be crafty as well as bakey.

And for the people at work who didn’t know about that stuff, I have a pretty good collection of David Tennant/”Doctor Who” things on my desk, because I like my work area to have a bit of whimsy. They must have noticed, because for my birthday last year they built me a TARDIS.

So, I’ve been wanting to do some “Who” baking for a while and as this year is the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who” I figured this could be my trial run for a bigger bash in a few months.

Before picking out recipes I thought about what I could bring that wouldn’t require any baking at all. Going back to past Doctors there are some must-haves, like jelly babies/jelly beans for Tom Baker:

BYO scarf

BYO scarf.

Celery for David Tennant’s father-in-law, Peter Davison:

What do you mean you want to eat it? Just put it on and strut.

And satsumas/clementines/some citrus-type fruit for David Tennant (did you know that’s what they called fake Whovian money?):

I would eat anything this man kept in his pajamas.

I would eat anything this man kept in his pajamas.

Beautiful. I already had a pretty colorful spread just with those.

Now, for the baking. I searched out ideas from others who had hosted wibbly wobbly timey wimey parties of their own and saw that the BBC has a list of suggested “Doctor Who” recipes.

The Dalek cakes I found were neat, but time consuming to put together. I wanted to be able to make a few different things on a Sunday and be able to easily transport them.

Fish fingers and custard seemed like a requirement based on other articles I found, but I wasn’t going to set out actual fish fingers to get cold and smelly at work. I could have made yellow cake into fingers, but then there’s still the issue of how to set out and serve the custard. Too messy. It was a great starter scene for Matt Smith that gave me hope for a David Tennant-less future, but I still wasn’t making it.

Luckily I found a fan*TAS*tic shop on etsy that sells handmade “Doctor Who” cookie cutters. I got a set of three (Dalek, bowtie and TARDIS) for $15, plus shipping. Very worthwhile.

If only there was a K9.

If only there was a K9.

I’m not that into sugar cookies though, especially all the decorating the require. Now if that’s all you want to make you could set out fostings and candies and let people decorate their own, which would be fun for nerdy adults and kids alike. I thought about using them to cut out tea sandwiches, but decided to go with brownies and bar cookies instead.

I love doing brownies for the office because they’re quick to mix up and easy to carry in. I love to make them from scratch, but since I was doing a lot of baking in one day, this time I opted for a box mix (I don’t have a preferred brand), and used my trick of replacing whatever amount of water it calls for with Kahlua. Cinnamon Kahlua this time because I bought it over the holidays and hadn’t tried it yet.

Don't worry about all the extra. You can just put that aside and eat it for dinner.

Don’t worry about all the extra. You can just put that aside and eat it for dinner.

It was very yummy. I threw in some Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips as well, but I think these made the cinnamon flavor a little overwhelming, although people still ate them all.

Oooh, I should have made matching fezes.

Oooh, I should have made matching fezes.

For my second quick one-pan dessert I tried the Butterfinger Blondies recipe I found on Six Sisters’ Stuff. I’d never baked with Butterfingers before and liked the way they looked sort of red and Martian. I didn’t make the top layer for them, but people still loved the cookie base, and they were much easier to use the cookie cutter on this way.

Are those space rocks? Nope, just peanut buttery Butterfingers.

Are those space rocks? Nope, just peanut buttery Butterfingers.

Ny next bit of inspiration came from the episode “Midnight”, which I caught during BBC America’s “Who Year” marathon. It creeped me out just as much as the first time I saw it. That episode is the first time we hear about the Lost Moon of Poosh, and I just love saying it. Poosh.Poosh. Poosh.

Since I hadn’t made my favorite, moon-like, Russian Teacakes for Christmas I decided those would be perfect.

Lost no more. I found them.

Lost no more. I found them.

I also wanted to try meringues again after my miserable failure a couple of months ago. If I couldn’t turn them into Hobbity Orc Boulders then I’d turn them into… Adipose Puffs. Nice, right? A little gross maybe, but I got a kick out of the fact that Adipose are all fat and meringues are fat free.

Mmmm, fat-free fat.

Mmmm, fat-free fat.

This time I went with Martha Stewart’s recipe, and the Ood must have been smiling down on me because it worked. And I know these look really beautiful, but don’t think that I did them all neat and perfect, because after refilling the meringue bag twice and having it spill out the top, my hands looked like this:

Sometimes it's more fun when you get messy.

Sometimes it’s more fun when you get messy.

Anyway, after the allotted cooking time I turned off the heat and left them in the closed oven for a while to make sure they wouldn’t collapse. I may have left them a bit too long because they browned a little more than they should, but they were dry and crunchy and perfect and people loved them. Don’t blink or you’ll miss them.

Should I have made them wave?

Should I have made them wave?

And then I did make some Dalek sugar cookies. I just had to give the cookie cutters a proper try out. They came out really well, although they looked a little ducky for some reason. Maybe because they’re missing the lights on the top of their heads? Next time I might add a little bit of dough up there to make up for it. Not bad though.

Aw, Dalek love.

Aw, Dalek love.

Dalek army. Or dancing Daleks, depending on your perspective.

Dalek army. Or dancing Daleks, depending on your perspective.

So what do you think? What would you add to the list?

Here are some ideas for what I’ll name things at a sequel party (and just match up recipes to go with them as I work):

  • Gallifreyan Gougeres
  • Slitheen Bean Salad
  • Ood Food
  • Sontaran Potato Salad
  • Come Along, Ponds
  • Donna Donettes
  • The Real McCoys
  • K9 Biscuits
Everyone loves to play with a sonic screwdriver.

Everyone loves to play with a sonic screwdriver.

Help your coworkers dress up with these bowties.

Help your coworkers dress up with these bowties.

Betty Crocker’s Russian Teacakes Recipe

1 cup butter, soft
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (pecans would work, too)

Mix butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Mix in flour and salt, a little at a time. Mix in nuts. If dough is flakey you may have to get your hands in there and do some squeezing to get them together.

Cover and chill at least one hour, up to overnight.

Heat oven to 400. With your hands, grab a little dough at a time and roll into 1 inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I put down parchment paper first.) Bake 10-12 minutes. They’ll be a little brown on the bottom. While still warm, roll in powdered sugar. Roll again once cool.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

I wish this table was bigger on the outside.

I wish this table was bigger on the outside.

Update, 11/17/13: I just added a new post about my Rude and Not Ginger Chocolate Chip Bars. Have a look!


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11 thoughts on “Baking for Whovians: Doctor Who Treats from Across the Galaxy!

  1. Damn, I want to work in your office! But first, I’d have to familiarize myself with the whole Dr. Who, David Tennant, TARDIS, Lost Moon of Poosh thing (sorry, I’m unbearably un-cool!). Unfortunately I already know what adipose is.

  2. Un-cool for *not* knowing about Doctor Who? I think most people would say you have that backwards, but since I think it’s one of the greatest things ever I’ll just encourage you to Netflix it and decide for yourself. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Isabelle

    OMG! I am soooo impressed! My daughter is a relatively new Whovian, and I am going to make her bow-tie brownies for her graduation party. Now if only I could make a tardis cake, I would be cool!
    PS Don’t tell my daughter, but I’d eat anything in Tennant’s jammies, too.

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  5. Tiffany

    First of all, I want to be best friends! These are so great, very creative and I love that you included bits from various Doctors and didn’t just focus on 9-11 like most. Also, I saw a great adipose made from one large marshmallow and 5 small ones for head, hands, and feet in case you make more! What I wanted to ask was if you still have that bag/purse and if so, if you’d be interested in selling it or making one to sell. Let me know, I’m not very good at sewing but would love a bag like that! Cheers!

    • Ha, thanks Tiffany. I do still have the bag and I’m actually using it this weekend… in London. Yes, I’m geek enough to come all the way here for the Doctor Who Celebration/convention. I’ll post photos when I get back.

      I’m not a seamstress at all – I just sort of folded up some fabric and sewed the seams together then decorated it with felt. I’ll bet someone on etsy does a much better one. Thanks for asking though. If you really can’t find another let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

      I’d like to try the adipose things. Maybe when I get back I’ll still be in a Who enough mood to do another party. Maybe for the Christmas special? 🙂

  6. xchloe27

    I was wondering if you could send me the whole recipe for the bow tie brownies. i want to make them for my friends since we are whovians… for christmas… i had a few question about how to do it.

    • Hi Chloe, sorry I didn’t catch this comment sooner. For the brownies you can use any box mix, or if you want to make them from scratch I highly recommend the Ghirardelli recipe here (with or without the caramel squares):

      When I use a box mix, I substitute part or all of the water with Kahlua. It keeps the chocolatey flavor and adds a little extra kick.

      I also line my baking pan with parchment paper. That way, once the brownies have cooled you can lift them right out and cut them. Or in this case, use your cookie cutter on them.

      Do you have other questions I can answer for you?

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