The word “fantasia” has always appealed to me. Before I knew it meant a type of musical piece, I thought it would be a great name for a magical land. Imagine residing in Fantasia, among the faeries and sphinxes, in an extravagant mansion atop a lily-pad in the lavender oasis where the toads play the banjo and sing folk-songs.
As a young kid, I used to watch this film called “Fantasia,” which was basically a bunch of pieces of classical music played as animated stories took place to go along with the music. I watched this film over and over…it probably ranked higher on my charts than Cinderella!
I am currently reading a biography of Franz Liszt, the pianist and composer. The biography, originally published in the 1955 by Sacheverell Sitwell is mostly an interesting read. However, there are long-winded passages listing each composition written by Liszt, and in what order, and how popular they were at the time relative to now and what a shame it is that people today don’t appreciate classical music enough, which I must exert a lot of restraint not to simply skim over.
Much more interesting to read is when the author actually describes the pieces. I enjoy his descriptions of the different études, airs, and especially fantasias. He transcribes pleasure to the ears into words in such a way that they still retain at least some of the audible resonance of the music, if this is possible to do on the printed page.
As you can see I have a lot of music in my life. A lot of beautiful fantasias. In fact I was just playing my violin at a school orchestra rehearsal…but that didn’t sound like a fantasia.
Anyway, the reason I bring up the fascinating fantasia is that when I took my first sip of this smoothie, I knew that was the perfect word to describe it. It was smooth, sweet and complex. The flavors of pumpkin, apple, and caramel harmonized beautifully together to create a characteristic fall flavor symphony. Cinnamon was the treble of the flute, quivering on bright soprano tones. Occasional percussion provided by the chewy dried fruit added excitement to the music of the smoothie. And of course the irresistibly crunchy pretzel dippers were the brilliant glissando of a harp, infusing the smoothie with that magic touch that makes it a fantasia.
Unlike Sacheverell Sitwell with his music descriptions, I’m not all that good at transcribing flavor into words. You’ll just have to try the smoothie yourself, if you wish to experience its fantastic-ness. And why wouldn’t you? Without further ado, I present the recipe for your tasty fantasia:
Fall Fantasia Smoothie: Pumpkin Caramel Apple with Dried Fruit and Pretzel Dippers
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix
- 1 medium Gala apple, chopped
- 1 tbl King’s Cupboard brand Cream Caramel Sauce
- generous dash of cinnamon
- 3 small ice cubes
- 1 tbl raisins
- 2 dried dates
- handful of pretzels (for dipping)
Place banana, milk, pumpkin pie mix, apple, caramel sauce, cinnamon, and ice cubes in blender. Blend until smooth. Add raisins and dried dates. Blend for another few seconds.
Pour smoothie into glass. Enjoy with pretzels.
I’d bet my baton you’ll be wanting an encore!