Thursday, August 21, 2008

Attention Kitchen Witches

Well cats and kittens - it's happened again. I am having computer issues. When my power was blown it fried my machine.

On to the post.

After the other days post I did a little more digging and there are quite a few Harry Potter based recipes out there.

Even Betty Crocker has joined forces with Hogwarts and put out their own licorice wand recipe. Nutritional info is even included.

6 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
24 licorice twists (any flavor)
Betty Crocker® Decor Selects candy sprinkles, nonpareils or colored sugars

1. Place candy coating in 2-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.
2. Dip half of each licorice twist into melted candy coating. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Place on waxed paper about 1 hour or until coating is firm.

Here is a site with Harry Potter inspired theme recipes like parchment scrolls, herbology fruit, and licorice wands.

Floo Network, not to be confused with the Food Network, a site that takes its name from Floo Powder has a recipe for Mrs. Weasley's Rock Cakes.

Mrs. Weasley's Rock Cakes


8oz or 2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
4oz or 1 stick of butter
3oz sugar (1/3 cup plus a tbsp)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 oz currants or sultanas (scant 1/3 cup golden raisins)
1 tbsp candied peel
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
caster sugar for dredging (superfine sugar)


1. Put the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and rub in the butter lightly with the fingers until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
2. Stir in the sugar and dried fruits.
3. Beat the egg with the milk and vanilla, then pour it into the flour and fruit mixture, and mix it up to make a stiff dough.
4. Butter two baking sheets, and drop on tablespoons of the mixture.
5.Roughen the dough lumps with a fork, and dredge with a little castor sugar. (should be enough mix to make 15 - 20 small cakes)
6. Bake in a hot oven, 425F or 220C, for 12-15 minutes, until firm and pale golden. Cool them on a wire rack.

NOTE: They should be crumbly in texture. If they are hard and inedible, like Hagrid's, you mixed the dough for too long or baked them in the oven too long.

Following that recipe on Floo Networks page are recipes for gingerbread newts, pumpkin pasties, treacle (molasses to those of us in the US) fudge, and butter beer.

Another new [to me at least] and interesting site, Potter Parties has a massive list of recipes. The site also has instructions on how to find or plan a Potter party. Here is their recipe for Dobby's delight.

Dobby's Delight


1 cup shortening
9 tablespoons cocoa or 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
11 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (12 ounces) carton frozen whipped topping, thawed,divided
2 cups cold milk
1 (3.9 ounces) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

1. Melt shortening and chocolate or cocoa in microwave and transfer to mixing bowl.
2. Blend in sugar, eggs and vanilla.
3. Add flour, salt and baking powder.
4. Pour into a 9x13 pan, with bottom only greased.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
6. Cool completely.
7. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar till smooth and light.
8. Fold in 2 cups of whipped topping.
9. Spread over brownies.
10. In another bowl, combine milk and pudding mix.
11. Whisk till smooth and thickening.
12. Refrigerate 5 minutes, then spread over cream cheese layer.
13. Top with remaining whipped topping.
14. Sprinkle with pecans if desired.
15. Keep refrigerated.

This should keep those of you waiting for the movie busy with Harry Potter goodies in the meantime.

Might I even suggest a Harry Potter party when the movie is released on DVD?

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