Zelda: Hyoi Pears, Honeyed Fruits, and Hot Buttered Apple | Friday Night Bytes

Food of the Hylian Gods. Or Just Snacks

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Hello! And welcome to Friday Night Bytes, combining two of my passions: video games and cooking. This week, I sampled recipes from Aimee Wood’s The Unofficial Legend of Zelda Cookbook. I decided to go with some of the more simple snacks this week. On the menu: Honeyed Fruits, Hot Buttered Apple, and Hyoi Pears. 

Honeyed Fruits

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“A dish that combines the thick sweetness of honey with the acidity of sour fruits.” – In-game description from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In BotW, Honeyed Fruits are made with Courser Bee Honey and any Fruit that isn’t an Apple (as Apples result in, you guessed it, a Honeyed Apple!), and will restore five of Link’s heart containers. In real life, it’s made from spiced honey drizzled over fresh fruit. The honey is infused with cinnamon and apple juice, and liberally drizzled over the arranged fruit. 

For my interpretation, I went with whole strawberries, cara cara oranges, freshly sliced pineapple, and honeydew melon. As it doesn’t really get easier than making a fruit platter, honestly, the hardest part about this dish is making those melon balls. It was my first time using a melon baller, and I only sort of halfway succeeded. Did you know those are weirdly hard to use if you don’t know what you’re doing? After assembling it on the plate (and I promise, the more I do this, the better my plating will get), I simply used a spoon to drizzle the spiced honey over everything. 

Overall, it’s really tasty, and I can see why Link would get some heart refills from it. While not overly filling, it is satisfying for two people. The honey definitely works best with the more tart fruits, such as the pineapple and the oranges, though it was perfectly good on the strawberries as well. I didn’t love it on the melon, but I think if you chose watermelon instead, weird as that might sound, you’d be happy with the result. 

The husband’s opinion: “I really enjoyed the use of the buckwheat honey, as it wasn’t nearly so sweet, and it had a slight hint of buckwheat to it. When paired with the citrus-y fruits, it cut down on the acid, but you still get the full fruit flavor. I also liked that the honey mixture was almost like a glaze. It was like eating healthy fruit, but as dessert. I agree that it doesn’t work as well with the honeydew melon, but it would be great with bananas.”


Final Verdict: 4/5 Golden Tri-Forks


Hot Buttered Apples coming up on the next page!

Daymon Trapold
Once upon a time, he wrote for oprainfall. Now, he's scraping off the rust to get back into writing about the games he loves. From his humble origins of playing the Atari and Commodore 64, he now dabbles in just about every console there is. Although he has a particular love of hardcore dungeon-crawlers, roguelikes, and niche JRPGs, some of his favorite games include Earthbound, Persona 3, Eternal Sonata, Bravely Default, Tales of the Abyss, and Fate/Extra. If his geek cred wasn't good enough, he's also a bassoonist.

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