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Harry Potter Movie Festival Menu - 5 Wizarding Recipes
A Harry Potter movie festival can take a very long time and you will need food and drinks to get you through and there is nothing better than have snacks and drinks that are made to go with the movies. So in the spirit of witches and wizards everywhere here is a collection of 5 recipes to provide you with great foods and drinks to enjoy along with the Harry Potter journey.
This is a drink that is in every movie so what better recipes to start out with than to make your own mugs of butterbeer. You can make this as an everybody drink or as an adult beverage with both options included in the instructions. This is a copycat of the mugs you find at the theme park and will be a great start to the movie fest.
Butterbeer - This will make 6 servings
6 12 oz. bottles chilled cream soda
3 tsps imitation butter flavor or clarified butter
Adult Option — 1 oz. light rum per serving
For the cream layer:
2 cups heavy cream
6 tbsps sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
1.5 tsps imitation butter flavor
Use six 16-ounce glasses or mugs. Place 1/2 teaspoon of imitation butter (or 1 teaspoon clarified butter) in each glass. Pour 12 ounces of cream soda into each glass, over the butter. Stir gently.
In a large bowl whip the heavy cream on medium high speed for 3-4 minutes until it starts to thicken. Add the sugar and continue whipping until very soft peaks begin to form, another 3-4 minutes or until soft peaks depending on climate. Stir in the vanilla and imitation butter (or clarified butter), then whip for another 30 seconds or so, until soft peaks form again.
Spoon a generous portion of foam on top of each glass of butterbeer, mix gently. You could also spoon the foam into the bottom of the glass and pour the butterbeer over the top. Serve immediately.
2. Molly Weasley's Rock Cakes
These rock cakes are named not because they are hard but because they are shaped like rocks since they do not spread out during baking. These are a nice, slightly sweet scone like cake that can be a great partner to the butterbeer or just as a snack with the movies and to make it even better they are easy to make.
Molly Weasley's Rock Cakes - Makes about 14 cakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup raisins (or currants or cranberries)
2 tablespoons milk
course sugar (for dipping)
Preheat over to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar and raisins (or other dried fruit choice). In separate bowl whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla. Add this to the flour mixture and combine until dough forms a ball. (This can take a few minutes since there is not much for wet ingredients but the butter will combine just keep combining.0 Form 2" balls and dip the top in the coarse sugar the place on baking sheet. These should not be perfect balls since they are meant to look like rocks and will not spread much so they can be placed close together. Bake for 13-16 minutes until the tops are a golden brown. (Note: these will become dry if overbaked so be careful you don't end up with Hagrid rock cakes which really are like rocks!)
3. Cornish Pasty
This recipe is for a traditional Cornish pasty which is a great hand held lunch or dinner to go along with the movies. This can be adapted to have a pumpkin filling instead of this savory filling but you need to have something a little more meal like to make it through all these movies!
Cornish Pasty - Makes 2 pasties
For the Pastry
1 cup plain, all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
2 oz butter or half lard and butter, cubed
2-3 tbsp cold water
For the Filling
¼ cup onion, finely chopped
½ cup potato, cut into 1/4 inch dice
½ cup cut swede (turnip or carrots) into 1/4 inch dice
½ cup rump steak, cut into small cubes
Salt and pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Place the flour, butter and salt into a large, clean bowl.
- Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm.
- Add the water to the mixture and using a cold knife stir until the dough binds together, add more cold water a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry
- Wrap the dough in Saran wrap and chill for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes.
- Divide the pastry into 4 and roll each piece into rounds the size of a tea plate (approx 6 - 7 inches).
- Place the onion, potato, swede and meat into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Season well with salt and pepper.
- Divide the meat mixture between each pastry circle and place to one side. Brush the edges with beaten egg.
- Fold the circle in half over the filling so the two edges meet. Crimp the two edges together to create a tight seal. Brush each pasty all over with the remaining beaten egg.
- Place the pasties on a greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve hot or cold
4. Acid Pops
So after you worked hard to make a real meal with the pasties now we can enjoy a fun and easy dessert.
"Fred gave me one when I was seven, it burnt a hole right through my tongue. I can remember Mum walloping him with her broomstick." —Ron Weasley
Our recipe won't burn a hole in your tongue but our acid pops are a lot of fun.
Acid Pops - Makes 12
12 lollipops (Use the sour ones—after all these are acid pops!)
3-4 packages pop rocks (any flavor of your choosing)
1/4 cup honey
Unwrap the lollipops. Place the pop rocks into a shallow bowl.
Place the honey in a small bowl and heat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. The hotter the honey is, the thinner the consistency of the honey will become and we do want thin honey! Coat the lollipops in the honey and then roll in the pop rocks. If the honey starts to thicken just heat it up again. Set the lollipops on wax paper until dry.
Assemble these as closely as possible to the serving time as the pop rocks will absorb some of the moisture in the honey and lose some of their "pop."
5. Polyjuice Potion
Don't worry no hair required for our recipe! Our polyjuice potion can be made for everyone or as an adult beverage but this is a great drink to go with the movies.
Polyjuice Potion - Makes 2-3 servings
- 1 cup orange juice (without pulp)
- 3 tbsp sweetened ginger tea concentrate (recipe below)
- 2 half peach slices (canned in juice)
- ½ cup Sprite
- 1 drop blue food coloring
- 4 tbsp vodka(optional)
Ginger Tea Concentrate:
2 ginger tea bags
1 cup hot water
2 tbsp honey
- Steep bags of ginger tea in hot water for 10 minutes.
- Mix in honey.
- Place the orange juice, peaches, and sweetened ginger tea concentrate in a blender.
- Blend until peaches are well blended into the juice.
- Add vodka, Sprite, and blue food coloring.
- Adjust the food coloring until you get the perfect shade of green that you want.
- Serve chilled and enjoy!
With these recipes in hand you are ready for a Harry Potter marathon of witches, wizards, muggles and spells. I hope enjoy the snacks, drinks and movie clips included here and you have a magical movie fest.