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Greetings, chefs and bakers!
With Halloween fast approaching at Hogwarts, along with talks of a dance for the occasion as well, it seemed essential that this issue we revisit some of our favourite Halloween Dishes from Hogwarts. We may well find ourselves eating even before the date comes around, they’re so delicious – well, that was the case with me, anyway (you try ignoring an entire carrot cake day in day out). Using the recipes below, you can design yourself the perfect Halloween Delicacies, whether it’s to contribute to the upcoming feast or to stage your own celebration, you’ll find they’re simply wondrous to eat.
Warming us up after an evening of trick ‘o’ treating or after a look at the decorations on the Astronomy Tower, the soup is a perfect introduction to the meal and feels very seasonal. It is fantastic as far as tastes go, as, on top of the pumpkin theme, an array of spices will make this dish a delicious kick-starter!
This is a vegetarian recipe
Recipe courtesy of Cookit from E2BN
This dish tastes like the last of summer and the start of autumn, gorgeously fruity and sweet but also a deep black on the inside to suit the spookiness of the occasion and is the perfect main – even if it is technically a dessert. But hey, it’s Halloween, right? We’re all obliged to stuff our faces with confectionary!
*Makes 18-inch pie
In a food processor, combine flour, salt and sugar. Add butter and shortening to the flour mixture. Pulse to combine all of the ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse sand. Add the cold water, tablespoon-by-tablespoon, pulsing in between tablespoons. Seriously, pulse. You don’t want the heat from the motor interfering with the consistency of the dough. Add water until the dough comes together into a ball. The dough should not be sticky or crumbly. Divide dough in half and shape into 2 disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients and stir together. Let the berries simmer for about 30 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
*Note: Depending on the sweetness of the berries, you may need to adjust the sugar. Berries picked at the peak of season tend to be sweeter than the more tart ones supplied year round.
Recipe Courtesy of Amber Wilson at fortheloveofthesouth.com
If you’re outsweetened by the main, a few glasses of pumpkin juice are perhaps necessary before consuming this dish, but it is in fact not as sweet as it sounds and makes the perfect autumn dessert. Plus you can decorate it to your taste with Halloween decorations of all kinds to give it a real Halloween feel!
For the decoration:
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For the filling
Tips and Suggestions:
Recipe and Image Courtesy of Angela Nilsens at Good Food
Enjoy your courses with the traditional pumpkin juice or butterbeer, or, if you’re one of the older students among us or a one of our fine teachers, a Halloween cocktail is always a great accompaniment. Either way, we hope you enjoy the products of these recipes – return here next month for some more traditional Hogwarts treats!
Lilia Le Fay