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From Honeydukes to Hogwarts' feasts, here are some Harry Potter recipes to keep wizards and muggles happy and well-fed.
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Arrange fruit in desired pattern on skewers, top with candy clay star or slice of star fruit.
This idea is adapted from the Family Fun website.
Wizard Candy from Honeydukes
No Harry Potter party is complete without wizard candy!
You will need:
Over low heat (a double boiler works best), melt in the following proportions: 1 cup of chips and 2 tablespoons condensed milk or 1 tablespoon of butter. Do not overheat!
Thickly brush the insides of the moulds with the melted mixture and let set.
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon butter
Melt the butter and chocolate together in a double boiler. Use a fork to dip dates in the chocolate, then place on a silicone baking sheet, or parchment lined baking sheet to harden. Allow stringy drips to harden as they are (these will look like legs, antennae etc.). The texture says it all! We used tiny resealable plastic bags to package these, and made hand-written labels for them.
Place the lollipops in the freezer for 30 minutes or more. Remove the lollipops and roll them in citric acid powder. The condensation from the freezing will help the powder stick. Wrap the lolipops in the waxed paper. These are very acidic, (though they probably won't burn a hole in your tongue like the ones Fred and George gave Ron!) so be sure to have the kids brush their teeth very well after consuming!
1 pkg. (80 g) your choice of flavour of vegetarian jelly (I used Kingsmill Foods Orange flavour--see below for unflavoured agar version)
1/3 cup boiling water
assorted food colouring
2 Tablespoons honey
small silicone candy moulds (heart-shaped or rounded) or other silicone container (or grease a pyrex container and use that)
Add the jelly mix to the boiling water and stir well. Bring to a boil again (microwave or stovetop), and stir in food colouring as desired (I added a couple of drops of blue and a single drop of red to get a murky green colour--you can experiment to get the effect you wish). Quickly pour into the silicone cups. If it begins to set too fast, still spoon it into the cups then microwave on high for ~20-30 seconds so it melts into the cups again. Let sit for 5 minutes, then refrigerate for an hour or more.
To serve: remove from container and cut into slug shapes (if you used the candy moulds, you will just have to cut them in half). Drizzle a tiny bit of honey into the serving container, add a few slugs, add more honey etc. (or just dip each slug in honey) until all the slugs are in the container and the remaining honey has been drizzled on top.
For a more traditional consistency, start with cold water adding an extra tablespoon of water and a teaspoon of cornstarch. Mix well and heat until it becomes transparent, then add the package of jelly powder and any exra food colouring and stir well.
To prepare with unsweetened agar: use fine agar powder, and substitute concentrated fruit juice for the water in the recipe. You may need a bit more liquid to dissolve the agar than indicated above.
Here is a template I found (for personal use only) for making your own Bertie Botts jellybean bag.
Combine both ingredients in a blender, serve fresh or refrigerate.
Pumpkin Juice 2
Combine pumpkin and orange in blender, add milk and remaining ingredients and combine again. Serve chilled.
Pumpkin Juice 3
Simply mix apple juice with canned pumpkin (about 1/2 a small can for a 1.36 litre bottle of juice) and serve in a carved-out pumpkin shell. This is a more refreshing beverage and tastes a bit like iced tea.http://www.costumes.org/tara/photoalbum/potter/butterbeerlabels.jpg
3-Broomsticks and Hogshead RecipeIngredients:
2-litre bottle of soda water
2 cans of Blue Sky rootbeer, or equivalent
2 cans Blue Sky Cherry vanilla cream Soda, or equivalent
I can of sweetened condensed milk, caramelized
To caramelize the milk, heat it on medium-high and stir it constantly until it begins to turn a light brownish colour, then remove from heat and stir in 1/2 can of cream soda. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir well, and decant into washed-out wine bottles by using a funnel and pouring slowly. You will need to take your time on this as it will foam up considerably. Store extras in a sealed container (such as the 2-litre soda water bottle). This is the most successful of the recipes we have used for Butterbeer. It is sweet, but not sickly sweet and was highly popular.
Butterbeer 2This is a drink best left for special occasions, as there is nothing even remotely nutritionally redeeming about it! Small servings are recommended. It is very sweet, and very rich.
If you opt to add butter, it is best served warmed up as the butter will solidify at the top if it is chilled.
2 litre bottle of root beer (caffeine-free)
1 l bottle of club soda
3 Tablespoons melted butter OR 1/3 cup whipped cream;
4 Tablespoons butterscotch topping (homemade is best)
Heat in a pot on the stove and stir all the ingredients except the rootbeer and club soda until melted together. Add the rootbeer and club soda and turn off the heat, allowing the leftover heat to warm the mixture. Serve hot, or chill if using the whipped cream.
Another version that we did not try uses sweetened condensed milk instead of the butter/whipped cream, and half the butterscotch. You can also experiment with the proportions of root beer and club soda.
Also see edible science experiments for more wizard food ideas.
Add 1-2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce to a 2-litre bottle of gingerbeer and mix well. Adjust amount to give the amount of "kick" desired. It will take about 3 seconds for the "kick" to happen. This was very popular with our group of 11-13 year old boys!
Quick tips: it is usually much easier to ice a cake if it is frozen. If you have cut/crumbly edges to ice, apply a thin layer of buttercream icing to it and let it set. This will look crumbly, but will help hold the crumbs in place for the main coating of icing.
Hagrid's Cake for Harry
The simplest cake with a Harry Potter theme is Hagrid's cake, as in the one he brings to Harry along with his letter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. To make this cake, choose your favourite cake recipe and bake it in 8" or 9" round pans in 2-4 layers. Ice in between the layers as well as all over the cake in chocolate frosting (I used this cream cheese icing recipe and added 1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and a little milk to make it chocolate flavoured).
Use a little vanilla icing (or cream cheese icing) to write out "Happee Birthdae Harry" (or the birthday person's name) on top. Present the cake in a cake box (from your local bakery, bakery supplies dealer or Bulk Barn store). The great thing about this cake is that any imperfections add to its authenticity.
Ice Cream Castle CakeFor a simple ice cream castle cake, fill a clean toy sand castle mould with slightly softened butter pecan ice cream (or flavour of your choice). Refreeze and unmould onto a cake platter covered in green cake sprinkles (grass), and embellish with a paper flag or two. You can add a cookie drawbridge and spread blue tinted icing on the cake platter for a moat. Crush a few graham or similar cookies for extra sand. Add a few chocolate shells here and there if you wish. A few candy clay or toy trees complete the scene.
Golden Snitch CakeTo make a snitch cake, start by baking a mix in a custom sphere pan, or "cheat" and use rounded mixing bowls, then invert one cake onto the other, sealing them together with extra icing or jam. Depending on the type and size of your cake, you may need to support it by running clean dowels through the centre. Ice it with golden icing, and use angel wings, cardboard wings or candy clay wings to embellish. You can copy the fancy swirl pattern with icing as well.
Wizard Hat CakeA wizard hat cake can be made by stacking cakes baked in pyrex measuring cups, bowls, and/or angel food pans, depending on the desired finished size. For the point, try using an ice cream cone / sugar cone. Support the cake as needed by running cake dowelling up through the centre of the cake. Set the sections on a rim of rolled fondant icing or an extra large baked cookie. A rolled fondant icing forms the "fabric" of the hat. Cut star shapes from cookie cutters in a contrasting colour to finish it off.
Ice Cream Cone Wizard HatsWe also made ice-cream cone wizard hats. To do these, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and add a few drops of blue food colouring to make it appear black, or add a dab of black paste food colouring. Spread the chocolate over the cone, then press in edible silver and gold balls, star and lightning cake quins.
Once these have set, prepare round cookies (be sure that they are slightly larger than the opening of the cone) by laying them out on a baking sheet. Scoop your favourite ice cream inside the cones, pushing it in so that the ice cream is flush with the top of the cone, then invert on top of the cookie. You may wish to pipe a seam of frosting along the bottom edge.
Variation: instead of filling with ice cream, insert candy and give these out as party favours, or insert a paper clue to start a wizarding quest. For more quest/scavenger hint ideas, see my scavenger hunt page here.
We made a fancy 3-D dragon cake complete with curly candle "fire" and dry-ice "smoke". There were also red wings made from fruit roll-ups formed around bendy straws which did not make it into the pictures. The scales were made with candy clay.
The dry ice was in a chamber we made beneath the cake platter, and rose through bendy-straws that were embedded in the cake.
There are many Hogwarts Castle cakes on the internet, but if you aren't the Martha Stewart of cake decorating, you can still make a respectable Hogwarts cake of your own.
For more food ideas, see my edible science page.
Additional Serving Ideas
Hogwarts feasts are know to be imaginative, fancy, and spectacular. Here are some tips to help you create maximum effect with minimum effort.
Still don't see what you want? Try The Leaky Cauldron for some more Harry Potter recipes.