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August 14, 2013 / mintcustard

Pumpkin pasties – a Hogwarts school dinner recipe.

 

 

“Will you stop eating? Your best friend is missing! ” Hermione Granger

Pasty filling. Purple potatoes, onion and butternut squash.

Pasty filling. Purple potatoes, onion and butternut squash.

When the weather was really hot, it is sometimes best to retreat inside, sit in the shade and relax. I did just that recently. As a result of having the builders in I was tidying up the lounge and re discovered the Harry Potter box set, still in it’s wrap. So as I had time on my hands I decided to watch one each day in chronological order and ! had a great time. On many levels it was fascinating,watching the characters grow, seeing the cinematography become darker and darker and realising just how interwoven each episode is with all the others. If you have the time, or the inclination I recommend it.

Hogwarts has obviously modelled itself on the Muggle world’s finest institutions. A house system, Latin mottoes, prefects and the snake in the showers are not unique to the wizarding world. However, magic aside, there is one huge difference between Hogwarts and St Thwackems.

Food! Now you probably know I am obsessed with school dinners and food in the movies too  so how could I not notice the way the Great Hall tables regularly groaned with food.

Despite Fleur Delacour’s complaints about the weight of the Hogwarts menu, (stews, rock cakes, roasts and treacle tart) at least she didn’t have to face the wrath of the spam fritter or spotted dick.

Experiencing life in a British boarding school can change your life for ever. Attending some schools will almost guarantee that you come into close contact with future politicians and captains of industry. Other aspects of boarding school life might also mean by keeping a diary and a few judicious photos you may never need to work again!

Harry and his cohort are able to stuff themselves stupid and by some miracle also seem to stay relatively trim and tooth ache free. Despite being enchanted by the idea of butter beer (legal alcohol at school!) and lusting after a chocolate frog I have decided to make pumpkin pasties, a favourite snack on any Hogwarts Express journey. As I had purple potatoes in at home I used those to give a good colour contrast against the orange of the squash.

(A word of warning to any Americans reading – these are savoury pasties very similar to Cornish Pasties found in the UK and not sweet like pumpkin pie)

Ingredients

500g all butter puff pastry

300g butternut squash finely diced

300g potato (purple majesty for preference) finely diced

1 onion finely diced

Salt

Pepper

1 egg beaten (hens preferably – never be tempted by Dragons or Hippogriffs)

 

How to …

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C.
  2. Chop the potato, squash and onion very finely. This is vital as it is not precooked before putting in the pastry and baking in the oven. Place in a bowl and season well with salt and plenty of black pepper.
  3. Roll the pastry out to the thickness of a pound coin. Using a bowl as a template cut out 6” circles of pastry. Run a little egg wash around the edge of the dough and fill with 2 or 3 spoons of the mix. Don’t overfill.
  4. Seal and crimp the edges of each pasty. Do this with care as the steam inside the pasty as it cooks will help the filling to cook through.
  5. Place on a baking sheet and egg wash the top of each pasty.
  6. Pop into the oven and bake for 15 minutes, turn the oven down to 175C and bake for a further half an hour.
  7. Leave to cool and serve at room temperature. If they have gone cold you could reheat by using the spell “tepidus pie”. Those without magical powers could just pop in the oven for a 5 mins to warm through!

These pasties are simple enough for any young witch or wizard to make, then sit back and watch the films without the need for popcorn and fizzy drinks for once.

Hint and tip

These pasties are perfectly tasty but the addition of fresh thyme will make them even more so. For those who still can’t get over pumpkin and pastry being a savoury dish and sweet version will follow soon as I am very fond of Pumpkin pie myself.

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  1. littlemisswelsteadscookeryclass / Aug 18 2013 6:59 am

    These sound very tempting! I would love to recreate all of the food from Hogwarts.

    • mintcustard / Aug 18 2013 1:20 pm

      They are tasty, yep I’d love to recreate some more of those Hogwars treats. I’d start with chocolate frogs!

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