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Way back when I started playing WoW, before I was serious about it, Lisa Poisso and Amanda Dean wrote a FABULOUS column at WoW-Insider called “Well Fed Buff” giving players a chance to experiment with their out-of-game playing skills. The column has been inactive for about 2 years now, but I loved it so much I’m trying to recreate it here. While the style of the post is their idea (because I loved it so much), the writing and the recipe are my own.

Pre-Raid Info
Every time I see a mage opening up a refreshment table, my tummy starts to growl. Even though Edainne rarely needs to sit and drink for mana, it’s always nice to have a warm bite of strudel to indulge in while sitting in the cold, dank hallways of Ice Crown.

The Raid Team

1 sheet puff pastry dough
2 large Granny Smith apples
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
Cinnamon to taste

The Strat

1. Buff The Raid Group Heat oven to 375. Take the dough out of the packaging and allow it to rest.
2. Carefully start to dps. Peel and cut the apples into ¼” thick slices. An easy way to do this is to cut the apples in half across the stem, then halve the apples twice more. Once you have the apple in eighths, carefully remove the remaining core by cutting a “v” in the middle (see diagram below). From there, you can put the apple flat side down on a cutting board and come out with nice, even slices.


3. Stack the raid. In a large bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon and sugar. Add the apples, tossing them to make sure each slice is evenly coated. Lightly sprinkle the vanilla extract over the coated apples.
4. Spread out! On a floured surface, roll out the pastry dough so you have approximately a 12”x16” rectangle of pastry. It doesn’t have to be quite even or pretty, just long enough so you can roll the dough upon itself multiple times.
5. Time to kite the adds. Spoon the apples onto the short side of the pastry. Very carefully, pick up that edge of the dough and begin to roll it on top of itself, like you would do with a jelly roll.
6. Kill all the adds before phase 2. Place on a non-greased baking sheet with the seam of the strudel facing downwards. Beat the egg in a small bowl with a tablespoon of water, then brush on top of the strudel before baking.
7. Full out DPS! Bake for 35 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown. Serve immediately, or allow it to cool to room temperature.

Hardmode Achievement: “You say apple, I say….”
If you happen to prefer another fruit, you can substitute it for the two apples. Generally speaking, you’ll need about ¾ of a cup to create the filling. The sugar and flour used are to create the ooey gooey filling, not to change the flavor, so keep their proportions as recommended. Tart fruits really compliment the buttery dough, so try it with pineapple, berries, ripe peaches, and cherries!

Hardmode Achievement: “Doughboy”
If activated, the pre-made pastry dough will vanish and the raid group will have to make this recipe from scratch. NOT recommended for new raiders, as pastry dough is extremely fickle and fragile.

*as a side note: Sorry about the lack of posts everyone! I’ve recently gotten a new set of duties at work that I’ve been spending most of my time training for, and I was sick most of  the last week =( But now that I’m no longer sneezing every 3 seconds, posts should resume a more regular schedule. Thanks for your patience <3*

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Way back when I started playing WoW, before I was serious about it, Lisa Poisso and Amanda Dean wrote a FABULOUS column at WoW-Insider called “Well Fed Buff” giving players a chance to experiment with their out-of-game playing skills. The column has been inactive for about 2 years now, but I loved it so much I’m trying to recreate it here. While the style of the post is their idea (because I loved it so much), the writing and the recipe are my own (I honestly don’t know if they ever made a post about Banana Bread).

I  made a loaf this morning to console myself over the lack of Toxic Wasteling (80 tries and I didn’t even see it drop…). Rather than write a post QQ’ing about drop rates, I felt it would be better to make a delicious treat and share it with you! I promise I’ll load a picture as soon as my digital camera stops hating my p.c. =(

Pre-Raid Info
Soft Banana Bread is something you’ve probably looted off zombie trolls in Zul’Farrak and grimy Dark Iron Dwarves in Uldaman. Trust me when I say it’s way better coming out of a piping hot oven than a dirty pocket.

The Raid Team

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups sliced bananas (about 3 large, ripe bananas will do, though you can add one more for extra ‘nana goodness)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cinnamon to taste

The Strat

1. Buff The Raid Group Heat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9″x5″ loaf pan
2. Melee Start to DPS Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
3. Ranged Start to DPS Cream together the brown sugar and butter (i.e. mix until it creates a creamy spread). In a separate large bowl, mash banana slices until smooth with a fork or potato masher if you have one. Add the brown sugar mixture, eggs and vanilla extract to the bananas.
4. Everyone Stack Up! Pour the banana mixture into the flour mixture. Stir until everything is moist.
5. Preparing for Phase 2 Pour the dough into the loaf pan, making sure to clean up any spills on the side. Sprinkle the top of the loaf with cinnamon
6. Full Out DPS Bake for an hour or so, or until a knife/toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
7. Distributing Loot Allow the bread to cool on a rack for about 5 minutes or so, then slice. Best served still warm. Heats up well in a toaster oven, or in the microwave with a piece of damp paper towel covering it.

Hardmode Achievement: “Oh How Sweet It Is!”
If activated, chocolate chip adds will spawn as everyone is stacking up before phase 2. Fold the chips into the dough and then pour into the loaf pan.
This hardmode comes with extra loot: Lots of SmilesHugs from Small ChildrenHugs from Adults That Enjoy The Same Food As Small Children

Hardmode Achievement: “A Little Bit Nutty”
If activated, chopped nut adds will spawn as everyone is stack up before phase 2. Fold the nuts into the dough and then pour into the loaf pan.
This hardmode has the same extra loot as above.

Please note, an experienced raid team can complete both hardmodes at the same time, but that is at the discretion of the raid leaders.

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