12 Harry Potter-Inspired Recipes Every Muggle Must Make
This year, J.K. Rowling gave Harry Potter fans an early Christmas present by releasing 12 new short stories on Pottermore, an interactive website for Harry Potter fans, on the days leading up to the holiday. Sadly, the short stories have come to an end, leaving fans with no way to get their updates on Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the wizardry world. Fortunately, there’s another way for muggles to get their magic fix — by making Harry Potter-inspired recipes. Whether you’re in the mood to prepare your own batch of Butterbeer or want to enjoy a few of Honeyduke’s Peppermint Toads, these 12 recipes will make you feel as though you’re about to head to Hogwarts.
1. If you’ve got children who are fans of the wizardry world, Alison Golden’s Harry Potter Christmas Pudding for Kids will make their day. Filled with zesty spices, dried fruit, lemons, oranges, and apple juice, this rich and gooey dish is a must-make for any muggle.
2. Thanks to Chew Out Loud, muggles can now enjoy “pumpkin pasties, which are like hand pies. They are flaky, buttery, toothsome little turnovers with a warmly spiced pumpkin filling. My first thought upon taking a bite? Miniature pumpkin pies. That is exactly what they reminded me of. Except these are way more flaky and buttery, with the double crust encasing the sweet pumpkin filling.”
3. Just because we can’t visit Honeydukes doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the candy shop’s sweets and treats. You can make your own Peppermint Toads by following Instructables’ recipe, which calls for peppermint, white chocolate, marshmallow creme, honey, shortening, food coloring, and a toad-shaped candy mold.
4. Thankfully, Pastry Affair’s recipe for Acid Pops, which was adapted from The Leaky Cauldron, isn’t nearly as potent as Honeydukes’ version. “These acid pops make a sweet and unexpected treat for adults and children alike. Sour lollipops are coated in a thin layer of honey and covered in pop rocks. While these won’t burn a hole through your tongue, the pop rocks provide an unexpected twist on the traditional lollipop making them twice as fun to eat. The popping and crackling inside your mouth is really something to be experienced.”
5. Please your palate by preparing Harry Potter Recipes’ Pumpkin Juice, a spicy beverage that all muggles must experience at least once.
6. All aboard the Hogwarts Express; it’s time to prepare Licorice Wands, which are sold on the train’s food trolley. In addition, Babble also provides a recipe for Honeydukes’ Cockroach Clusters. “All you need are some candies and nuts, a bit of melting chocolate and you’re well on your way. Soon your own cloaked and bespectacled Potters will be casting spells and learning how to defend against the dark arts.”
7. The Disney Diner delivers a recipe for Cauldron Cakes, which “are chocolate cupcakes that have been dipped in chocolate, filled with chocolate mousse, topped with chocolate fudge frosting, and then garnished with white chocolate. They are the perfect treat for both Harry Potter fans and chocolate lovers alike!”
8. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Bakingdom’s recipe for Treacle Tarts, which consist of a zesty syrup filling and a light and flaky crust. There’s a reason these tarts are one of Harry Potter’s favorite foods — they’re delicious!
9. If you’ve been wanting a sorting hat of your own, you can now prepare an edible version. To prepare this Sorting Hat Pita Bread, Diamonds for Dessert “made the dough, shaped it, and baked it. It was a success! I chose to serve it along with a spinach and artichoke dip I made right before the party. The Sorting Hat bread turned out to be quite an interesting but delicious dish at my Harry Potter feast.” This recipe was adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Baking with Julia.
10. Using brown sugar, butter, salt, cider vinegar, rum extract, heavy cream, and cream soda, you can create your very own Butterbeer. Harry Potter fans will relish Tablespoon’s recipe, which creates a frothy and rich butterscotch-flavored beverage.
11. This Polyjuice Potion won’t allow you to transform into someone else, but it certainly does taste delicious! Pepper explains that “the Polyjuice Potion first appears in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hermione concocts a batch for herself, Ron, and Harry, to copy the features of Millicent, Crabbe, and Goyle. According to the recipe from Moste Potente Potions, a crucial ingredient to the mix is the hair of the person you want to transform into.” Don’t worry; this recipe doesn’t call for hair!
12. Rather than drink your Butterbeer, why not enjoy it in cupcake form? Amy Bites’ Butterbeer Cupcakes consist of frosting and butterscotch ganache, which “are sweet and rich — but it’s balanced out by the cake, which is light, fluffy, and has a lovely, buttery, savory-sweet balance.”