It’s one of the most anticipated reunion specials of recent years, especially following Friends. January 1st on HBO Max is the Harry Potter reunion special we’ve all been waiting for. My heart could barely handle the trailer not sure how I’ll make it through the special. The Harry Potter Return to Hogwarts will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beloved film franchise. And all your favorite stars will be making an appearance. If you’re having a watch party, which you 100% should, we’ve got you covered on what to make thanks to the food sensitivity specialists at YorkTest. They’ve tested and perfected all your favorite Harry Potter recipes. So grab a butterbeer, pretend you’re at the Leaky Cauldron, and enjoy the walk down memory lane. Here are 7 Harry Potter Themed Recipes To Make For The Reunion.

 

 

  • 1. Butterbeer

    No Harry Potter themed event is complete without the most perfect of drinks. I’ve considered driving to Orlando just to get a Butterbeer at Universal Studios, but now you can make it at home!

    Properly introduced in Prisoner of Azkaban when the trio visit Hogsmeade, Butterbeer is made out of butterscotch, sugar, and water, and was known to contain just enough alcohol to get house elves drunk. Want to create the foaming pint for yourself?

    YorkTest has created a recipe with zero alcohol, so the entire family can enjoy it. This recipe can be dairy-free, for those who are allergic to or have an intolerance to lactose or milk proteins, or those who choose to be vegan.

    This recipe is standard gluten, wheat, egg and nut free.

    Ingredients

    One cup/236ml of club soda or cream soda

    Half a cup/120ml of butterscotch syrup or a vegan alternative (such as The Skinny Food Co Zero Calorie Butterscotch Syrup)

    Half a tablespoon of butter or vegan spread, softened

    Heavy cream or soya cream (optional)

    Traditional glass pint tankard mugs

    Recipe

    1 – Pour the butterscotch syrup into a bowl. Butterscotch is essential to give the butterbeer its unique and magical flavor.

    2 – Add the softened butter or spread.

    3 – Combine the syrup and butter mix by mixing well.

    4 – Pour the cream soda or club soda into the mixture, and stir. Set aside for now.

    5 – In a separate mixing bowl, whip heavy whipping cream or vegan cream until it forms stiff peaks. You can do this by hand or with a mixer.

    6 – Pour the cream/club soda and butterscotch mixture into two clear mugs, and finish with a scoop or two of whipped cream. Enjoy!

  • 2. Chocolate Frog Cupcakes

    Perhaps the most famous snack in the Wizarding World, chocolate frogs are one of the most popular wizarding sweets, not least because they come with a collectable card of a notable witch or wizard. If only we could tell you these would come with a card and had the potential to get away before you could eat one. While magical properties are not included these are still a delectable treat.

    If you don’t have any cards of famous Hogwarts alumni lying around, why not make chocolate frog cupcakes instead?

    Ingredients – makes 12

    Cupcake

    150g self-raising flour

    30g cocoa powder

    140g caster sugar

    175g softened butter or margarine

    Three large eggs

    50g cooking milk chocolate or chocolate vermicelli

    ¼ tsp vanilla extract

    ½ tbsp milk

    Buttercream Icing

    280g softened butter

    ½ tsp vanilla extract

    Four tbsp of milk

    25g edible eyes (you can get these from most major grocery stores)

    540g of icing sugar

    A few drops of green food colouring

    Recipe

    1 – Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160 fan/gas 4.

    2 – Line your muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.

    3 – Grate your milk chocolate or vermicelli.

    4 – Place all of your cupcake ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, caster sugar, eggs, softened butter, vanilla extract, milk and grated chocolate) into a large bowl and mix it well until it’s all combined. You can do this by hand or with a food processor.

    5 – Divide the mixture evenly between each case.

    6 – Place the cupcakes into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Check if they’re cooked by placing a skewer into one cupcake and making sure it comes out clean.

    7 – Leave your cupcakes to cool while you make your icing.

    8 – Beat the butter for the icing in a bowl until it’s soft. Then, add in half of the icing sugar and keep beating it until the mixture is smooth.

    9 – Add in the rest of the icing sugar, two tablespoons of milk, and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Continue to beat until smooth. Add in more milk if the mixture is too stiff.

    10 – Add a few drops of green food colouring, and stir until you get a bright, vibrant colour.

    11 – Pipe the mixture evenly onto each cupcake.

    12 – Place two edible eyes onto each cupcake, and marvel at your chocolate frog creations!

  • 3. Treacle Tart

    The mighty treacle tart is Harry’s favourite dessert, and it’s both comforting and relatively simple to make, too. Find out how you can make a treacle tart to rival any that Mrs Weasley could make…

    We’ve included vegan alternatives for those of you who would prefer to make this without any animal products.  This includes using aqua faba, the water left over in a tin of chickpeas instead of eggs. This is a great alternative for those who are vegan, but also those with egg allergies and intolerances.

    Ingredients – Serves 8-10

    Pastry

    250g plain flour or gluten free flour

    140g cold unsalted butter or vegan sunflower oil spread

    Three tablespoons of icing sugar

    ¼ teaspoon of fine salt

    Two egg yolks, or eight tablespoons of aqua faba

    For the filling

    400g agave syrup

    One ball step ginger in syrup, finely chopped, plus 40g of the syrup

    One lemon, zested

    Two eggs or eight tablespoons of aqua faba

    100g fine fresh white breadcrumbs or gluten free panko breadcrumbs

    Recipe

    1 – Put the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.

    2 – Add the butter or vegan spread and rub together to create a fine breadcrumb-like texture.

    3 – Stir through the icing sugar, then quickly add the egg yolks or aqua faba and two tablespoons of water, mixing swiftly with a knife to combine. Form this into a ball and wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

    4 – Roll out to the thickness of a pound coin, and line a 22cm fluted tart tin with the pastry, leaving an overhang. Return to the fridge for 30 minutes.

    5 – Heat the oven to 200C/180fan/gas 6. Line a pastry case with baking parchment and baking beans, then place in the oven on the baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes.

    6 – Remove the parchment and bake for a further 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Leave the pastry to cool before trimming off the overhanging edges with a small, serrated knife.

    7 – Lower the oven temperature to 160C/140 fan/gas4.

    8 – Mix the syrup, ginger, ginger syrup, lemon, eggs (or aqua faba) and breadcrumbs in a bowl, briefly mixing everything together until combined.

    9 – Pour the filling into the pastry case and put in the lower part of the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes or until the filling is just set.

    10 – Once ready, remove from the oven and leave to cool down for approx. 15 minutes before serving.

    11 – Serve with ice cream, custard, cream or a vegan alternative.

  • 4. Pumpkin Juice

    Pumpkin juice could be seen as a detoxing and energizing drink. But in Harry Potter, it’s one of the most popular wizarding beverages, and Harry even dreams about drinking it while travelling in the Flying Ford Anglia in the Chamber of Secrets.

    You don’t even need to go out and find a full pumpkin, instead, you just need to get your hands on some canned pumpkin puree and some spice.

    Ingredients – serves 8

    240g of pumpkin puree

    Two litres of apple cider vinegar

    32g of sugar

    32g of brown sugar

    One teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

    One teaspoon of vanilla

    Recipe

    1 – Combine all ingredients into one large jug and stir well. 

    2 – Pour into glasses and enjoy!

  • 5. Knickerbocker Glory 

    If you want to recreate Harry Potter recipes, you can’t leave out one of everyone’s least favorite muggle. Although his parents are undoubtedly worse. Knickerbocker glory is Harry’s cousin, Dudley Dursley’s, favorite pudding.  And not only is it easy to make, but you can add whatever topping you like to it.

    Ingredients – serves 6 

    500g fresh or frozen raspberries (if frozen, make sure they’ve defrosted properly)

    2 tablespoons of icing sugar

    12 scoops of vanilla ice cream

    200g fresh blueberries

    Honeycomb pieces

    Recipe

    1 – Pour half of the raspberries into a food processor and blend with the icing sugar. 

    2 – Sieve your raspberry puree over a bowl until it’s smooth. 

    3 – Layer your ice cream in a tall sundae glass with alternating layers of raspberry puree, blueberries and fresh raspberries. 

    4 – Top your sundae with as many honeycomb pieces as you want for a bit of extra sparkle. 

    5 – Eat immediately. 

  • 6. Steak and Kidney Pie

    This is definitely something you’d order from Tom at the Leaky Cauldron. A quintessentially British dish, steak and kidney pie was not only served at the favorite Diagon Alley spot but it made it was to dinnertime in the Hogwarts Great Hall from time to time.

    This could be a perfect main for your Hogwarts-themed party.

    Ingredients – Serves 4 

    300g puff pastry

    700g braising or chuck steaks

    Two lamb kidneys

    200g lamb kidney, diced

    A splash of red wine, or Worcestershire sauce

    800ml beef stock

    For egg wash

    6 eggs

    6 tablespoons of water

    Recipe

    1 – Preheat the oven to 22C/425F. 

    2 – Heat oil in a frying pan and then fry the beef until it’s brown. Remove the beef from the pan, then add the kidneys until they’re brown on both sides.

    3 – Add the beef back into the pan, and then pour the stock into the pan.

    4 – Bring to the boil, then simmer for 90 minutes. Keep adding stock if you need more liquid. 

    5 – Add salt, pepper and red wine/Worcestershire sauce into the mixture, then remove from the heat and wait for it to cool. 

    6 – Add your mixture, once cool, into a pie dish.

    7 – Roll out your pastry so it’s 5mm thick, and place it on top of your mixture in the pie dish. 

    8 – Trim the edges as you need. 

    9 – Combine your eggs and water together and whisk until it’s smooth. Brush on top of your pastry. Bake for 30 minutes until it’s golden brown and the pastry has puffed up. 

  • 7. Pumpkin Pasties

    “Anything off the trolley, dears?” Another pumpkin delight on the menu for your New Year’s meal, pumpkin pasties were the first kind of wizarding food that Harry gets to consume on the Hogwarts Express when he impresses Ron by buying everything from the trolley. Similar to Cornish pasties, but filled with pumpkin, these are great nibbles to snack on throughout the day.

    Ingredients – makes 18 pasties

    1 roll of shortcrust pastry

    210g (half a tin) of pumpkin puree

    One tablespoon of butter

    ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

    ¼ teaspoon of allspice

    Two tablespoons of sugar

    A pinch of nutmeg

    A pinch of cardamom

    Recipe 

    1 – Preheat oven to 400F/200C

    2 – Combine pumpkin puree with room temperature butter and stir in your seasonings and sugar. Set aside. 

    3 – Sprinkle flour onto a flat surface and roll your dough until it’s around 3-4mm thick. 

    4 – Cut your dough into circles, with a pastry cutter or the edge of a glass. 

    5 – Spoon half a teaspoon of your mixture into your circles, then fold over to create a half moon shape, and crimp the edges with a fork. 

    6 – Using a small, sharp knife, cut three tiny slits on the top. Why not do this in the shape of Harry’s famous scar? 

    7 – Bake for 15-20 minutes until they’re nice and golden. 

    8 – Transfer them to a cooling rack and leave them for around five minutes before diving into your feast. 

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