I think pumpkin pasties are an emblematic dessert from the Harry Potter universe, so I wanted to make them as soon as I saw the recipe. And they were present in the Hogwarts Express when Harry and Ron first met and bonded over a bunch of magical candy. That makes them even more special!
Isn’t that a great way to start a friendship? I would also be best friends with a kid that selflessly shared so many candy (and saved me from eating a dry sandwich).
I also think that this treat in particular is a Hogwarts Express exclusive. Or at least I only remember the students eating pasties on their way to school. (Let me know if I’m wrong!)
Even though I had wanted to make these since I got the book, I postponed them many times because they looked too intimidating for me. I mean, it’s only been a couple of months since I first used an oven!
But honestly, these pasties were so easy to make! I’m sure there are many different ways to make pumpkin pasties, but I’m glad that the author went with a fairly simple recipe – that also tastes delicious 😀
Ingredients: (makes 10 small pasties)*
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 4-6 tablespoons ice water
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*From The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Buchholz ©2010 Adams Media.
I didn’t lie when I said these were super easy to make. For he pasty crust I just had to mix all the dry ingredients with butter and vegetable shortening. I did it with my hands because I don’t have a mixer or food processor.
And after that I added water. Ta-da! The dough was ready.**
** I’m not disclosing the complete steps for this recipe because that wouldn’t be fair to the author!
I made a ball with all the dough, flattened it and let it rest on the fridge for about an hour. Then took the ingredients for the filling and mixed them in a bowl.
After waiting an hour, I took the dough from the fridge and divided it into ten small balls.
Since I didn’t have a rolling pin or a cookie cutter, I used a tall glass to flatten the dough balls and a round tupperware container to cut them into perfect circles (I’m an expert at McGivering, you know?).
Then simply took my circles of dough, added some filling and sealed them by pressing the edge with a fork. I also made some cuts with a knife so the pasties wouldn’t explode in the oven.
Before putting them in the over I brushed some beaten egg over the pasties. That gave them a beautiful brown color!
Then into the oven at 400 Fahrenheit! The time will depend on the size and number of pasties. I made two batches and they took between 20 and 30 minutes.
Look how cute they are! I loved them! They smelled delicious and tasted SO GOOD. I din’t expect them to be so yummy, but they rivaled even my favorite pasties from the local bakery.
The filling was really good even though it was so simple. It reminded me of store-bought pumpkin pie (I like that one a lot, haha). I will definitely try this recipe again with real pumpkin instead of canned puree.
But my favorite part was the crust. I don’t how something so simple can taste so good**. I could eat that crust by itself and be happy, I’m pretty sure I can make it again and fill it with meat or Mexican mole sauce.
** It’s probably all the butter.
Oh, I also made some bite-sized pasties with the excess dough, haha. They looked so cute! I wish I had hamster so I could give him one of these 😛
Some friends got to try the pasties fresh out of the oven and they all liked them. I ate the leftovers the next day and I think they tasted even better (or maybe I just love older bread).
This has been my favorite recipe from the book by far! It was so simple, easy and delicious, I already bought another can of pumpkin puree to make another batch.
What do you guys think? Let me know if you decide to bake some pumpkin pasties, I would love to hear from your experience! Or you can tag me on Instagram 😀
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