Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Harry Potter Week: Pumpkin Pasties

"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.

 Pumpkin Pasties
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.

Enjoy, friends!


  1. I've got plans to make hand pies in a few weeks. I like the way you think Ali.

  2. this is adorable. i like shortcuts and i love the fact that you sneak food into the theater! bff flies in tomorrow nite for our HP weekend, i'll be making something like this tonight. it's on my grocery list.

  3. Why hello there, MD ladyfriends.

    Wendi - 'tis the season to make hand pies. This was my first time making any sort of pie and now I want to stuff them with every filling imaginable.

    Lan - I used to feel guilty for using shortcuts. I don't anymore, now that I've discovered those Pillsbury magic dough scrolls. I love that your friend is flying for HP weekend! True wizarding warriors, the both of you.

  4. I made Pumpkin Pasties a few weeks ago, but these look much nicer than mine!

  5. I don't usually bake anything, but I may have to make an exception in this case! They look (and sound) wonderful!! ... and just in time for the new movie! :)

  6. Sorcha - I'm sure they looked and tasted awesome :D

    Photobyholly - hi Holly, thanks for stopping by! No better time to channel your inner baker than during the holidays.

  7. Man I want these, super simple and yours look absolutely perfect!

  8. I love, love, love you for writing this post. Harry Potter gives me mad munchies. I always wanted to try chocolate frogs...which is good, since I have frog soap molds which I could easily use... n_n

  9. Jennifurla - thanks lady!

    SteelCityFlan - the Great Hall scenes are always the best, especially in the first movie. When all of that food appears on the long awesome. Make some chocolate frogs and sneak them onto the table at Thanksgiving.

  10. OMG, this post gives me the same warm fuzzies that I get from listing to the HP audio books over and over and over. I want to eat these while listening to them and pretend I'm there. <3

  11. Amanda - the first audio book I ever listened to was Deathly Hallows, about a year after I read it. Jim Dale is so captivating but calming at the same time. My road rage was virtually nonexistent when I was listening to that audio book.

    Kristen - thanks :D

  12. Cool. Little half moons filled with pumpkin.

  13. Absolutely wonderful! I definitely want to try these. =D

  14. These look SO gorgeous and adorable! Delicious!

  15. Hello! I made these tonight for my 4th graders Thanksgiving party. I just made them a little smaller = wonderful idea! Mine turned out great...will be posting them on soon too. Is it ok to link here?

  16. Anna, Ariana, A Bowl of Mush - thank you!

    Laurel - awesome! I'm glad they turned out so well! I bet they looked adorable in a mini-er version. Thanks for stopping by and sure, link away. Just added your blog to my reader :)

  17. these are beautiful and i bet they tasted delish!

  18. just so you know, i used this pie crust last night with nutella. i had to FB status it and almost started a stampede of people wanting to rush to my house. i blame and credit you for this.

  19. Oh my worrrrd.

    I have a box of pie crust in the fridge, just waiting to be rolled out and stuffed with Nutella. I shift the blame/credit to you, good Lan.

  20. Just made these for a school fundraiser! Definitely not as pretty as yours were, but still quite tasty.

  21. Pumpkin pasties are the cutest things ever. They look like mini pizza pops.