November62011

Harry Potter Food!!!!

Good morning everyone!  Here’s the post you’ve all been waiting for!  Or perhaps not…but I’d been waiting to make the food, and now I get to talk about it.  Yea!

If you haven’t guessed by now, or don’t already know, I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan.  Huge.  I can’t remember how many times I’ve read the books or seen the movies.  Arthur’s first words will probably be a quote from them.  It’s quite sad.  Or would be if I didn’t like it so much.  Anyway, before last year (2010)’s Halloween Party, I’d talked about making Harry Potter food, but it just didn’t happen.  This year I made sure it would.  Thanks to my wonderful Charlie for allowing my obsession to flow through food.  Not that he minded, food is food…

Google is wonderful.  Type in a few words and all your dreams can come true!  At least recipe-wise.  So that’s what I did.  I had a rough idea of the foods that would work well and were legitimately possible.  I also had a basic idea of ingredients…but for the first time, especially baking, I prefer to have at least a rough guideline.  So, to the internet I flew.

We ended up with Pumpkin Pasties, Pumpkin Juice, Butterbeer, Acid Pops and Licorice Wands (and some roasted pumpkin seeds and chips…because we needed some salty things.)

Pumpkin Pasties are basically mini-pumpkin pies and boy were they delicious!  The crust recipe I took from the Joy of Cooking with my own modifications.  Soon I won’t be able to cite that book… The filling I got off of http://www.britta.com/hogwarts/recipes.html#pasties  I did bake my own pumpkin for this, the juice and the seeds.  I used 2 baking pumpkins which gave me the perfect amount of pumpkin for the pasties, enough for 2, 2quart batches of pumpkin juice and a reasonable amount of seeds.

(I’m saving pictures till the end…)

For the pumpkin juice, I began with these two recipes:  http://www.britta.com/hogwarts/recipes.html#pumpkinjuice  and http://hoggyguild.tripod.com/#pumpkin

The end result was quite boring though…and I kept hearkening back to the Pumpkin Juice at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  It was SO good there.  So I had to make some changes.  I think I can reasonably call it my own recipe now:

1 1/4 cups pumpkin juice
2 1/4 cups apple juice
3/4 cup pineapple juice
2 Tbsp honey
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Ground Cloves
Allspice
Ginger

Blend this all in a blender, then pour into a sauce pan.  Heat it to just before boiling, pour it over spices (I used my teapot and it’s strainer.  I lined the strainer with cheesecloth and poured the spices in there and let the juice steep.)  I thought it tasted great warm, but I did put it in a pitcher and cool it before the party.  It seemed to be quite popular.

Next was the Butterbeer.  My initial impulse was cream soda and butterscotch schnapps, but that seemed to easy and unexciting.  So, I searched around and found a TON of different ideas.  But, the idea of using melted butter grossed me out…Butterbeer (to me) should be cold…and cooled butter…floating on the top of my drink?  Ick!  So what I found most recommended were Ginger Ale or Cream Soda and Butterscotch Schnapps.  So I bought a bottle of each soda and we did 2 shots of schnapps to approx. 8 oz of soda.  It was tasty.  I preferred the Ginger Ale version, and Charlie preferred the Cream Soda version.  I think they were liked equally as we had about the same amounts of each soda left at the end of the night.

Acid Pops are next up…  The best recommendation I found for them was from http://www.yumsugar.com/Top-10-Harry-Potter-Related-Recipes-383049   where they recommended rolling sour suckers in Pop Rocks.  I love Pop Rocks so hey, great idea!  Except that I went to 4 different stores and couldn’t find them.  :(  Very disappointing.  So I bought Fun Dip and Blow Pops.  I used a basting brush to moisten the suckers just slightly with water and then rolled them in Fun Dip and wrapped them in plastic wrap after they dried.  Pretty good, but I think everyone was pretty sugared out as we’ve got a TON of them left. :)

Finally the Licorice Wands.  Pretty straight forward.  Almost too sweet to handle, but they look nice.  They came from http://www.yumsugar.com/Top-10-Harry-Potter-Related-Recipes-383049 I was going to buy Almond Bark, but I really don’t like that flavor…so I found Nestle’s chocolate chips on sale, 2 bags for the same price as the Almond Bark I had picked up…  Went with a bag of dark chocolate and a bag of white chocolate.  Tastier than you’d expect.

That’s that, I think!  All in all, a lot of fun and a lot of delicious.

And now for the pictures:

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