Moonface's Story (The Magic Faraway Tree)

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Moonface's Story (The Magic Faraway Tree)

Moonface's Story (The Magic Faraway Tree)

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While I am aiming to have a Famous Five style picnic soon (I am confident in my ability to provide lashings of homemade gingerbeer), the first few recipes I wanted to tackle came from possibly the most famous of Enid Blyton’s books - The Faraway Tree. He has a slide in the floor of his little home and it goes right down to the bottom of the tree and it is just one of the attractions which supply the children with so many good times. They chase the gnome and recover the papers, but the gnome himself escapes up a huge tree whose branches seem to reach into the clouds. The tree also grows different types of fruit on its branches so there is plenty of sustenance for the tired climber who needs to keep on going up and up and up to reach the current land at the top. Spoon the glaze over the tops of the buns and either allow to sit and harden or eat them fresh and sticky.

Wheeler was the faithful soul who originally illustrated these books and she is a very well regarded Enid Blyton artist. Such exciting adventures are experienced that the children deliberately stay away from the tree every now and again just to get over them but eventually they're off again for more thrills. They encounter a pair of rabbits, who dig a hole for the children to help them escape the land when they discover that the hole back to the tree had closed up after the ground turned above it. I think — "Yes" because there are twenty-six chapters in this book so you'll be set for a good few hours of entertainment once you get hold of a copy. The tree is so tall that its topmost branches reach into the clouds and it is wide enough to contain small houses carved into its trunk.

Review by Terry Gustafson Brief Summary by Robert Houghton: Cousin Dick comes to stay with Jo, Bessie and Fanny and together they share many more wonderful adventures up the Faraway Tree. One foray is reminiscent of an adventure that Molly, Peter and Chinky experienced ( Wishing Chair tales) when they visited The Land of Dreams. So when you got to the currant and bit it the sherbet frothed out and filled your mouth with fine bubbles that tasted delicious.

Near the end of the book Silky, Moon-Face and Saucepan are nowhere to be found and the children are informed of this by another inhabitant of the Faraway Tree — Mr Watzisname who visits them and even stays the night at their home. This tree grows so high that it reaches special clouds that contain magical lands which visit every now and again and rest on the top-most branches. Jo has a rather trying time in one place they visit because it's the Land of Topsy-Turvy and when he is rather aggressive with a policeman he's immediately turned upside down and has to walk on his hands. It's a table soaring skyward with the children squeezed on it followed by a bench bearing Moon-Face, Silky and Saucepan and if you don't believe a situation like this could take place just take a look at the Dorothy Wheeler picture.

They are extremely fortunate because they live near an enchanted wood in which there is a gigantic tree. Dick and the girls go up the tree again to join Jo, Moon-Face, Saucepan and Silky and then things go from bad to worse. With Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the pixie, they explore the amazing lands to be found at the top of the tree – the Land of Spells, the Land of Toys, and the tempting Land of Goodies, but then one day Moonface, Silky and Saucepan Man disappear mysteriously. Watzisname 'pummelling them as if he were beating carpets' and the Saucepan Man throwing his saucepans at them. They go to the wood to meet Jo, Bessie and Fanny and meet some of the wood's residents, including Silky and Moon Face.

Cover with a clean tea towel and let it sit for about an hour in a warm spot - it should double in size. Roll each piece into a ball and place them together in the pan, they should be somewhat tight and touching. Place the yeast, 1 teaspoon of sugar and the lukewarm water in bowl for your stand mixer and leave to foam up for a few minutes. To make the ‘egg’ wash’ simply combine the 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and brush over the tops of the uncooked buns.Due to his lack of knowledge regarding the Faraway Tree, Dick has some more wetness added to his clothing because there happens to be a washer-woman further up who uses a considerable amount of water in her trade although the book doesn't tell us how it is piped up to her place of residence. The children got a real surprise when they bit their currants, and Moon-Face almost fell off the branch with laughing. Many dangerous, fascinating and even hilarious situations occur as we accompany the children on their adventures and sometimes a visit to the tree will become so involved that it may take up two or more chapters during which the characters stray into deeper and darker circumstances. Carefully use a small, sharp knife to slice open the bottoms of the dried apricots until it makes a sort of pouch - then, using a teaspoon, pack it with as much sherbet as you can and use the stickiness of the apricot to close it back up.

I found I had to manually work the sultanas through at this stage to ensure they would be properly distributed. Dame Slap, who runs a school for bad pixies which, in some of the adventures, the friends accidentally land in. I used a hot cross bun recipe, I really wanted that fluffy texture that’s not quite so sweet, with the subtle spiced flavours to have as a direct comparison to the burst of sweet sherbet from the inside.The first title of the main trilogy, The Enchanted Wood, was published in 1939, although the Faraway Tree and Moon-Face had already made a brief appearance in 1936 in The Yellow Fairy Book. There are so many interesting takes on the magical foods that the children feast on when exploring the tree but I’ve yet to see an (what I think is) accurate portrayal of Google Buns. Add the 3/4 cup of milk, oil, salt, ground spices, orange and lemon zests, and one cup of flour - mix with a spoon to combine. I think I expected to have far more adventures than I actually did, looking back my childhood years were curiously absent of the troubles with smugglers and treasure hunters that I thought I would experience. Bake buns for about 20-25 minutes - they should be a nice golden brown on top and slightly springy to the touch.



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