"Anything off the cart, dears?"
Harry had never had any money for candy with the Dursleys, and now that he had pockets rattling with gold and silver he was ready to buy as many Mars Bars as he could carry - but the woman didn't have Mars Bars. What she did have were Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen in his life. Not wanting to miss anything, he got some of everything and paid the woman eleven silver Sickles and seven bronze Knuts.
Ron stared as Harry brought it all back in to the compartment and tipped it onto an empty seat.
"Hungry, are you?"
"Starving," said Harry, taking a large bite out of a pumpkin pasty.
See, that's something you just don't get out of the movie. The food cravings. How can you read that and not crave a pumpkin pasty? Granted, my knowledge of pasties prior to reading The Sorcerer's Stone had less to do with pumpkin and more to do with sweater puppies...but now? Pasties will always and forever be Harry's first taste of sweet, flaky freedom on the Hogwarts Express.
Recipe from Britta Blvd.
Here's what you'll need:
pumpkin pie filling, prepared (see below)
pie crust pastry, enough for one 9-inch pie
For the filling, use your own favorite pumpkin pie recipe. I went the easy route and used the classic recipe on the back of the Libby can.
For the crust, you can use your own recipe or take another shortcut and buy it pre-made. I bought the Pillsbury refrigerated crusts - my new favorite baking staple.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Prepare the pumpkin pie filling and pour it into a large, ovenproof dish (the crust will come later.) Let it bake for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes or so. When a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, take it out and let it cool on a rack.
Corner bites taken for scientific purposes.
Once the filling has cooled down a bit and you're ready to make your pasties, heat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease or use parchment paper to line a baking sheet.
Thinly roll out the pie crust and cut into 4-inch circles. If you don't have a cookie cutter, use a wide drinking glass.
Spoon a small dollop of pumpkin pie filling onto each pastry circle.
Fold the crust over, forming a little pocket and seal the edges with a fork.
Using a sharp knife, give the top a few steam vents.
Lightly brush each pasty with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Or leave them plain. Totally your call.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the crusts are golden brown. Let them cool down.
These definitely qualify as a fun food. Right up there with animal crackers and dino-shaped "nuggets."
Perfect size for smuggling into a theater. This weekend.