Hello! If you’re new to this, I’m some guy who likes to cook and likes playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I decided to combine them for some reason! What fun. Let’s get to it.
The Dish: Saghert and Cream
Ingredients: 1 Peach Currant, 1 Noa Fruit
The Research: I decided to start my journey with the most mystifying entry into the cookbook: the confusingly-named “Saghert and Cream.” No doubt I and many others have wondered: “what on Earth is ‘Saghert’ supposed to be”? After some Googling I found this Reddit thread that suggests that it’s a mistranslation of “sagart”, an old word meaning “priest”. So in other words: “Blessed Fruit and Cream”. Since the equally-perplexing Noa Fruit is supposedly blessed, this tracks.
The next question: what is Noa Fruit? Based on my research of what area I’ve surmised Fodlán is meant to represent from around that time, I’m thinking apples. Maybe it’s meant to be a unique fruit, but I figure apples are delicious, ubiquitous and easy enough to come by to work. I went with apple cider for reasons that will be made clear later. Now for the other ingredient: peach currant, which isn’t a thing. Peaches are a thing. Currants are a thing. “Peach currant”, except in the minds of our demented Tomacco-dreaming farmers, is absolutely not a thing. But nonetheless, whatever is compelling me to write this demands accuracy, so peach currants we will make.
The Method: I’m guessing from both the in-game photo and recipe description that this is meant to be a cobbler of some sort, but I called what will be the first of many audibles and made a crumble. It’s easier and more delicious than a cobbler, flying in the face of all your parents’ maxims that hard work automatically leads to a better life. Confront them immediately! But not before you’re done reading this.
To make the filling, I started by slicing the peaches, removing the heinous pits therein and chopping them to the desired size. Once the peaches were perfectly prepared, I hit ‘em with some sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and allspice and rolled ‘em around. I then made good on the second half of the first ingredient by stirring in some blackcurrant preserves (as an aside, it’s simply impossible to find the fresh stuff in my region of the US, so this was all I could do). With the filling complete, all that I had to do was roll around some flour, sugar, butter, and salt to make a crumble topping, which kind of feels like wet sand. I threw the filling in a casserole dish, topped it with the…topping, and set it in a warm oven for baking.
“But wait”, I imagine you saying, “what of the Noa Fruit?” To which I say, patience. You see, the recipe calls for a Noa Fruit cream, which I took to mean an apple-infused whipped cream. According to this recipe I helpfully obtained from Rachael Ray, that’s as easy as heavy cream, vanilla extract (I used Mexican vanilla), and cider syrup. That’s, uh, this stuff below:
All one has to do is reduce the cider down (way easier than it sounds), pour the syrup in the mixture, and whip until it has that “whipped cream” look. It’s then placed in the fridge to cool until our crumble comes out, which it eventually does.
The Result: Dare I say: really good? The decision to make it a crumble was an inspired one and the peaches and currants, two tastes I was unsure about combining, play together very nicely. The apple whipped cream wasn’t very apple-y, but that’s easy enough to tweak with a little research, and besides, something this good was meant to be topped with vanilla ice cream. All in all, I’d say this was a rousing success, and one I would make again in a heartbeat.
Recipe bases used: 1. “Best Peach Crumble”, Delish; 2. “How to Make Flavored Whipped Cream”, Rachael Ray In Season.
Disclaimer: this is a fan-based blog and has no affiliation with Nintendo or any other rightsholders of Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem Three Houses, or any other games associated with the brand. Blog author is not responsible for blowback when you confront your parents.