I was given a copy of The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids to review with my family. Opinions expressed in this post are that of my own.
Just in case you didn’t know, my daughter is a big fan of J. K. Rowling’s books and honestly anything Harry, Hermione, Ron, or a Magical Beast.
So when I was given an opportunity to review The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids, we were all in.
Now I must mention that this book is not associated with or authorized or approved by J.K Rowling, her publishers, or Warner Bros. However, it is definitely in the spirit of fun and is a great book to get kids to get interested in baking and cooking.
I actually handed the cookbook over to my daughter and had her pick out the recipes she wanted to try.
She first wanted to attempt Pumpkin Pasties and then try Chocolate Frogs. On my next trip to the store, we are going to get the ingredients for the Shepard’s Pie.
In Alana Al-Hatlani’s The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids there are breakfast recipes, lunch ideas, as well as candies and drinks. Of course many have fun names like Banana Breakfast Potion (AKA a Smoothie), Dining Hall Club Sandwich as well as Cauldron Cakes. Many of these would be perfect for a themed birthday party or even an upcoming Halloween Celebration.
The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids is definitely something the entire family can enjoy together. Although my daughter took the lead to make the Pumpkin Pasties, I was there to lend her a hand and handle any type of oven operation.
This was a great way to bond and we got to share a great treat with our family when we were finished.
Excerpted from The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids by Alana Al-Hatlani. Copyright © 2021 Ulysses Press. Reprinted with permission from Ulysses Press. New York, NY. All rights reserved.
Pumpkin Pasties Recipe
A magical must-have, pumpkin pasties are warm, packed with pumpkin flavor, and immensely satisfying. Plus, thanks to the fact that they’re encased in a delicious golden crust, they are super portable. Perfect for a train ride, which is why they’re offered on the trolley!
Yield 6 pasties
Prep and chill time 60 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
2 ¼ cups flour, plus more for dusting
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1½ tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed, cold
⅓ cup ice water
1 cup pumpkin puree
5 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of kosher salt
1. In a large mixing bowl whisk the flour, salt, and sugar together.
2. Add the cubed butter. Using your thumb and index fingers, pinch and rub the butter into roughly pea-sized pieces.
3. One tablespoon at a time, add the ice water, gently mixing with either a spatula or your hands.
4. Once all the water is added, the dough should loosely hold together and look shaggy. If the dough appears too dry, add one additional tablespoon of water at a time until it holds together.
5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a flat disk. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
6. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
7. While the dough chills, make the filling. In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
8. In a separate small bowl, beat the egg and set aside.
9. Take the dough out of the fridge and divide it into six pieces.
10. Roll each piece into a ball. On a lightly floured surface using the
palm of your hand, flatten each into a disc.
11. Working with one disc at a time, roll out each into a circle about ⅛-inch thick.
12. In the center of the first circle, place two tablespoons of the filling and fold the dough in half over the filling to form a half circle.
13. Seal the dough by firmly pressing all along the edges with a fork.
14. Repeat the process with the 5 remaining dough balls.
15. Place the pasties on the cookie sheet.
16. Brush each pasty with the beaten egg and then sprinkle each with sugar.
17. Using a paring knife, cut two slits in the top of each.
18. Bake for 15 minutes and then rotate the pan and bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown all over.
19. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before enjoying.
This recipe was delicious and there will be a next time for Pumpkin Pasties.
Are you a fan of J.K. Rowling Books? Who in your family (or yourself) would you gift this cookbook to?
Look for the The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook for Kids for the suggested retails price of 17.95 on the shelves of Barns and Noble and Book A Million and online at Amazon August 24, 2021.
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