It’s no secret that Harry Potter is one of the most popular books and movie franchises of all time. Pinterest and Instagram are filled with Harry Potter crafts, cosplay, and even recipes.
Some food in Harry Potter is strictly fantasy — looking at you, giggle water — and others, we can find close approximations of (like butterbeer) here in the muggle world. This cookbook is a great starting place for Harry Potter fans to begin their journey into Wizarding World food.
The “Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook” — a New York Times bestseller by Dinah Bucholz (there are actually a few of these cookbooks, all by different authors, so be alert if you plan to buy it) — features more than 150 recipes inspired by Harry Potter. It includes loads of delicious treats, perfect for wishing your loved ones a Happy Christmas.
The 239-page cookbook is split into 10 chapters: Good Food with Bad Relatives, Delights Down the Alley, Treats from the Train, Recipes from a Giant and an Elf, The Favorite Cook’s Dishes, Breakfast Before Class, Lunch, and Dinner in the Dining Hall, Desserts and Snacks at School, Holiday Fare, Treats in the Village.
The recipes range from quick kid-friendly desserts and snacks to adult fare like bonbons and roast. Most recipes are relatively easy to make, and each one has a small blurb written at the top, explaining what part of the Harry Potter series the recipe inspiration is from.
What’s the only thing better than reading about tasty treats? Actually trying them, of course! After all, we have to be sure that the recipes will work. These are the three recipes I tried:
Cinnamon Pull-Apart Breakfast Rolls
“The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook” offers more than a few bread recipes, and more than a few breakfast recipes. So of course, I had to go with breakfast bread. These bad boys reminded me of cinnamon rolls, although they’re definitely better than the kind from the can.
If you want faster rise times, then purchase fast-rising yeast instead and cut your rise times in half. Another great rising hack is to heat your oven up to 200℉ with a pan of water in the bottom rack. Put your dough in the oven and turn the oven off. The heat from the oven and hot water helps your dough rise faster and keeps it from drying out. Leave the water in the oven while you bake your rolls, they’ll come out puffier and remain moist.
This is a really good recipe for anyone who’s not afraid of the work that goes into freshly baked bread. The rolls were really good, and if you follow my hack, they’ll be even better. It was flavorful, filling, worth the work you put into it, and it made for a delicious dish.
Prep time: 4 hrs
Cook time: 20 mins
Servings: 12 rolls
Buying good chocolate is the key to this recipe. Baker’s chocolate is not the same as your traditional candy bar, and trust me, you want the good stuff for this hot chocolate. The coffee really elevates this version as well. Now that I have the recipe down, I’m going to start making flavored versions.
The hot chocolate is pretty thick, thicker than powdered hot chocolate mix, at least. The finished project is very rich, and this dish is perfect for those chilly autumn nights. I topped my version off with some delicious homemade marshmallows (see next recipe), whipped cream, and cocoa powder.
The recipe said that it serves 4, but it also says that you should put the hot chocolate in teacups. If you plan to put it in some mugs, I recommend doubling it for 4 people.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Servings: 4 people
Homemade marshmallows were a first for me. I had never tried any or made any myself before. Heads up, if you have kids, be prepared for them to get sticky. Don’t skimp on the confectioners sugar; it helps keep the marshmallows from sticking, and they will stick.
These aren’t half bad, and if you want flavored marshmallows, this would be a great way to make some. However, making candy isn’t as easy as it seems. You will need a candy thermometer, and you will need to monitor the temperature.
The flavor of these is pretty good already, but I think I’d like to try some with flavors, especially if I flavor whatever they’re going into. I’m thinking Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon marshmallows. If you eat them by themselves, be prepared because they’re very sweet.
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Servings: 64 Marshmallows
The perfect gift for Harry Potter fans
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook is a solid addition to any Harry Potter fan’s kitchen. For absolute beginners, there are a few things that you could try with little difficulty. And for those who consider themselves more advanced in the kitchen, there are definitely a few recipes to test your skills on. A few of the ingredients are a little more difficult to find, meaning that you probably won’t find the ingredients for haggis at your local Walmart.
Despite not being marketed for kids, there are definitely recipes in this book that you could do with the whole family. As an American, it is certainly interesting to try the U.K. twist on old favorites like pies and dumplings. The fact that the food is good is just a bonus. Who doesn’t want to try all the Nine Recipes of the Goblet, Homemade Ice Cream, or Honeyduke’s Treats? Needless to say, with this book, there’ll be plenty of recipes to master during the quarantine.
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