Pumpkin Pasty

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— Chef's Note —

"It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten)." - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

In the wizarding world, pumpkin pasties are baked pastries with a delightful pumpkin filling. While some fans claim this dish is meant to be savoury, like Cornish pasties, the book's description hints that they are a sweet forbidden dessert for Harry. Photo courtesy Betsy Weber, under Creative Commons.

This recipe was made especially for Twitter user @ZedAmadeo. Check out his website here.

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♦︎ Harry Potter ♦︎

How to Make Pumpkin Pasties

— Ingredients —

canned pumpkin
1 cup canned pumpkin
brown sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cloves
pumpkin pasty dough
pumpkin pasty dough
(see below)
2 eggs
turbinado sugar
turbinado sugar
(for sprinkling)

— Instructions —

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
  2. Beat eggs in a small bowl, and set aside.
  3. Make filling by combining all ingredients in a large saucepan, except eggs, pasty dough, and turbinado sugar.
  4. Warm filling over medium heat, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes).
  5. Remove from heat, and mix in half of the beaten eggs.
  6. Divide pastry dough into equal portions and roll out. Cut each into a circle shape.
  7. Place spoonful of filling inside each pastry circle.
  8. Fold pastry over filling. Seal and decorate edges with a fork.
  9. Use a knife to make three cuts in the top of the pastry for ventilation.
  10. Brush each pastry with the beaten egg, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  11. Place pasties on a prepared baking sheet, and bake until golden brown (about 30 minutes).
  12. Transfer to rack, and let cool (at least 5 minutes).

How to Make Pumpkin Pasty Dough

— Ingredients —

1 1/4 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water

— Instructions —

  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Cut in butter, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Add water by the tablespoon, until mixture forms a ball.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic and chill (at least 30 minutes).

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— See Also —

Beguiling Bubbles
Pumpkin Juice

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