A 'Hunger Games'-inspired feast with recipes

By Jackie Burrell

San Jose Mercury News

Published: Tuesday, March 27 2012 4:57 p.m. MDT

3. For the goat cheese filling, whisk the goat cheese, sour cream, sugar and honey until smooth. Add the egg and stir until the filling is smooth, creamy and golden yellow.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate your dough into 10 equal sized balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough, cut into circles and line 10 tartlet pans or a muffin pan. Beat the egg wash ingredients together, then lightly brush onto the crusts, taking care not to leave any excess on the bottom.

5. Fill each tart a third to half full with the goat cheese mixture. Bake 15 minutes.

6. Top the tarts with the apple filling, leaving some of the goat cheese visible on the sides. It should be firm enough to support the filling. Bake for 20 minutes. Slide the tarts gently from the pan and let them cool a little. Best served warm.

— Crystal Watanabe, runner-up, Hunger Games recipe contest

SUGAR BERRY CAKE

Serves: 10-12

3.1 ounce milk chocolate mousse dessert mix

1 cup Prim's goat's milk or soy milk

Cake:

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup cold mashed Katniss tubers or potato (without added milk and butter)

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup Prim's goat's milk or soy milk

Purple or blue and red food coloring

Filling and topping:

6 ounces seedless sugar berry or red raspberry jam

2 cups whipped topping

Purple or blue and red food coloring

Berries to garnish

1. Prepare the chocolate mousse according to package directions, but substitute goat's milk. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add potatoes and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well. Add food coloring until batter is a deep purple.

3. Pour into two greased and floured 9-inch round pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool.

4. Remove one cake layer from pan and lay flat-side up on a serving platter. Stir jam until smooth; spread half over the cake. Top with second layer of cake, flat-side up. Repeat with remaining jam, spreading it all the way to the edges.

5. Add food coloring to the whipped topping to tint it purple; frost the sides of the cake so it touches the jam edge. Use a piping bag to adorn the top of the cake with swirls of chocolate mousse, leaving a 1-inch border to expose the jam. Garnish with berries.

—Angela Olesen, runner-up, Hunger Games recipe contest

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