After 10 years on the big screen, the Harry Potter series has finally reached its end. To commemorate such an epic event, I decided to host a small gathering of friends/fans. I invited everyone over a few hours before we would all have to leave for the midnight showing. I provided drinks and desserts inspired by the magical series.
My super amazing friend Galen gave me the little Potter themed rubber bands to help decorate my table.
I also got some HP book marks and tied them to various natural sodas for each guest coming over.
For the treats, I decided on:
Hagrid’s Rock Cakes
Golden Snitch Cupcakes
For the Golden Snitch Cupcakes, I did a moist yellow cake that I made extra
yellow golden by adding my good friend Turmeric. If you and turmeric are not friends yet, you guys should sit down and get to know one another over some vegan egg salad.
The Pumpkin Pasties are seen on the left and Hagrid’s Rock Cakes (my personal favorite treat of the night) are on the right.
Pumpkin pasties are so easy to make. We should all be eating them, all the time. I have made them a few times and think I have finally gotten them just the way I want them. What you want to do is make a thick pumpkin filling by using organic canned pumpkin blended with your thickener of choice. I like to use soaked pecans and arrowroot, but you can do whatever combination or single ingredient to your taste. Then you want to add a little sweetener of choice and to your taste- I don’t think pumpkin generally needs a ton of added sweetener because it is already so delicious and sweet as is. Pumpkin is also SO good for you it’s ridiculoos! But I’m going to save my pumpkin lesson for a pumpkin themed post later this fall when they’re in season and I become obsessed with them.
Anywhooo, just add some spices to taste and there you have it…pumpkin pasty filling! The next step is to grab some pie dough, which I hope you made yourself…..and get to pasty making. I make mine empanada style by rolling out my dough and using a biscuit cutter to make small circles. If you don’t have a biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter, grab a pint glass from the cupboard and use the top part as a your cutter. Give your cut circles one extra roll with your rolling pin, add a tsp or two of filling, fold and press the edges together with a fork. Cut a slit in the top for steam, then bake and bam, pasties in your face!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good shots of the cauldron cakes or drinks. The cauldron cakes were mini chocolate bundt cakes with a chocolate ganache. Whenever I am having people over for food, I always forget to take pictures. I think it’s because I just get so happy to see my awesome friends that I just forget about everything else.
The gathering was marvelous and the film was good too. There were some things that I didn’t exactly like about it, but overall I think it was great and that they really did do the best job they could with converting those amazing and magical books into films. I’m sad to see it end, but now we can all just look forward to a dvd party?!?
If you’ve read the Harry Potter book series, which is your favorite book? Which film is your favorite? Do you think the films do right by the books?