I am a HUGE fan of the Harry Potter Books and Films.
It's kinda silly how much of a fan I am of the series.
I also love food. Planning, cooking, eating or giving as a gift.
When I read the books, I always think it would be awesome to try the food as it's described. Things like Sherbet Lemons and ridiculous flavour Jelly Beans are easily accessible, but things like Pumpkin Pasties, Sugar Quills and Cauldron Cakes are a little harder to find.
I've been trying to find recipes for many of the dishes and whilst some have worked wonderfully, others have been an absolute disaster.
Sometimes I've found are foods that make me feel like I'm chilling at Diagon Alley or Hogsmede.
Here are some of my faves...
The Chocolate Frogs from Tiger
These were seemingly a limited edition item (I haven't seen hide nor hair of therm for weeks), BUT damn were they good.
They were small chocolate shapes filled with caramel or mint cream. I was OBSESSED with the mint ones. So good.
Ice Cream from Bel Gelato in Barnet
Bel Gelato is a wonderful independent ice cream shop in Barnet, London. I love it there - they do my absolute favourite flavours; mint choc chip and stracciatella.
It reminds me of Florean Fortescue's Ice cream Parlour - with it's different flavours and outside seating available.
I have tried the butterbeer from the tour at Leavesden and found it a bit sweet for my tastes and decided to try and add a small amount of beer to make it more accurate to the books... I tried several times.
I've searched through multiple recipes and tried to find descriptions to get it closer to the 'real' thing.
It took a lot of attempts. So many, in fact, I almost gave up.
I tried to mix a small quantity of beer with copious amounts of cream soda and butterscotch sauce, and topped with whipped cream.
It's pretty ok - I drank it all this time - and it was so much fun to make.
Homemade Golden Snitches
Ferrero Rocher. White card cut into wings. Glue. Need I say more?
Homemade Cockroach Clusters
I crumbled up Chocolate filling Oreo biscuits and mixed in melted dark chocolate and crushed cornflakes. I set mine in Halloween brain moulds.
They're a bit decadent, but really good. Also can be made dairy-free/vegan.
Homemade Pumpkin Juice and Pumpkin Pasties
This is a recipe I have wanted to make for ages.
I have bought the pumpkin filling many times before. Previously, it's been used for cookies, pumpkin spice lattes and pancakes.
This time I squeezed out the moisture from the pumpkin mix using a muslin cloth (Coffee filters could work, but would be slower). I caught and used the liquid to mix with apple juice, which I heated in a pan with a cinnamon stick. Spicy and warm. mmmm.....
The pumpkin puree can be mixed in with savoury or sweet recipes.
For sweet options, mix puree with sugar and spices and place in the centre of the pastry before sealing with a fork.
Previously I have used it with chestnuts and goats cheese in pastry for lunch.
These were just some of the things I wanted to make when it comes to the Wizarding World.
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That's all for now, Darlings.