Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter

Confession:  I am a Harry Potter nut.

Really, I am.  I love those books with every fiber of my being.  The movies (though the books are way, WAY better) are a source of comfort for me.  Having a bad day?  Well, then I’m gonna pour a glass of wine, pile up on the couch with Dexter & Dewey, pop in one of the movies, and I will cheer up almost instantly.

I know the idea of recreating food from J.K Rowling’s wizarding world isn’t a new idea, but I’ve been wanting to try my hand at my own versions of some of the vittles mentioned in the stories.  We’ve made 2 versions of Butterbeer in the past, though I don’t think I’ve ever blogged them (I’ll put that on my To Be Blogged list – stat!).  This weekend, I whipped up some pumpkin pasties.

If I remember correctly, the first time pumpkin pasties were mentioned was on the Hogwarts Express, as Harry hurtled toward his first year at wizard school.

Most of us had probably never heard of a “pasty” before, depending on which side of the pond you reside.  A Cornish pasty is a dish found most often in Great Britain. It is a baked semi-circular pastry typically filled with diced potatoes, onion, and beef. Using that example, I suppose you could argue that pumpkin pasties could very well be a savory treat.  However, given the other goodies available on the Honeydukes Express trolley – cauldron cakes, Every Flavour Beans, and chocolate frogs – I decided that they must be a sweet snack.  Here’s how you can make your own!

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and toss in the cold, diced butter.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Mix that together until it looks like a bowl of dry bread crumbs.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Then throw in some big chunks of cream cheese.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Mix until you have a big clumpy mess.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead with your hands until smooth.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Wrap in plastic wrap and place into the fridge to chill for a bit.  I didn’t want to use all of the dough for pumpkin pasties, so I separated it into two balls and froze one of them.  Feel free to do the same!

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
While the dough is chilling, you make the filling! (yeah, how many times have you heard THAT rhyme on food blogs?)  In a saucepan, mix together the pumpkin and dry spices and heat on medium-low until warm and combined.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Remove from the heat and mix in the egg, salt, and sugar.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
After about 30 minutes has passed (you can wait longer, even overnight if you’re making the dough in advance), roll out your dough to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut with round cutter.  I left my dough a bit thick because my largest cutter was still smaller than I wanted my pasties to be.  So, I cut thicker circles and then rolled them out a bit to flatten them and make them larger.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
See? They’re not perfectly round anymore, but that’s A-OK!  Make sure you grease your cookie sheet, by the way.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Spoon a small amount of pumpkin filling onto the bottom third of each circle.

There’s really no way to make pumpkin pie filling look appetizing, but trust me, it smells delicious.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Then fold over and seal by either folding the edge over itself and pinching, or just use a fork and crimp.

It’s up to you, dude.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Lightly brush with a beaten egg mixed with a lil milk or water.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
You can sprinkle on some extra cinnamon or raw sugar here, if you want.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Bake those puppies at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until they look like this.

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
Serve to all of your fellow Harry Potter friends.  These would pair nicely with a big frosty mug of Butterbeer, am I right?

How to make pumpkin pasties from harry potter
They are basically cute, portable mini pumpkin pies.

Here’s the recipe!  I used a fairly basic pie filling for the center, and I used a recipe for cream cheese pie dough from this site right here!

Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter
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Serves: 4 dozen pasties
Ingredients
  • FOR THE DOUGH
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 stick of cold, unsalted but­ter, diced
  • 1 pack­age of cold cream cheese, cut into coarse chunks
  • FOR THE FILLING
  • ¾ cup canned or fresh pump­kin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • Optional: turbinado or demerara sugar
Instructions
  1. FOR THE DOUGH
  2. Place dry ingre­di­ents in medium bowl and mix together.
  3. Add the cold, diced but­ter and mix it together with flour until you have what looks like coarse bread crumbs.
  4. Add in the pieces of cream cheese and mix until the dough is very clumpy.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly flour dusted sur­face and knead until a smooth dough has formed.
  6. Wrap in plas­tic and chill for at least 30 min­utes. Can be made in advance and frozen up to 3 months.
  7. FOR THE FILLING
  8. In saucepan, heat pumpkin with dry spices on medium-low heat until warmed. Remove from heat.
  9. Mix in egg, salt, and sugar. Set aside while you prepare the dough.
  10. ASSEMBLY
  11. Preheat oven to 350F
  12. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about ⅛-inch thick­ness and cut with round cookie or biscuit cutter. Place rounds onto a greased cookie sheet.
  13. Spoon a small amount of pumpkin filling onto the bottom third of the dough circles.
  14. Fold the circles over and seal the edges by either folding over and pinching with your fingers, or crimping with a fork.
  15. Using a pastry brush, lightly glaze each pasty with beaten egg mixed with a little milk or water. Sprinkle on some turbinado sugar, if desired.
  16. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

 

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Comments

  1. They look lil big ole pumpkin seeds! And delicious. They also look delicious.

  2. Lovely! I really like Harry and I like pumpkin and pasties. These are definitely calling my name:)

  3. These are so fun!! My niece is having a Harry Potter birthday party today. She doesn’t know that I am coming. I am dressing up as Professor Trelawney and am planning on making these lovelies to the party with me.

    I will be back to look at your pretty little Corgi pictures. Mine passed away 18 months ago and I miss her so much.

    Love your blog!

    Kimberly

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  6. I just made these simply because I was always curious as a Harry Potter fan what pumpkin pasties tasted like and well they turned out great! The recipe is really not that hard and is very easy to follow and they come tasting so good! Love this recipe and will probably use it for a long time.

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