Take a moment to imagine yourself as a student boarding the Hogwarts Express. Feel your excitement as the train whistle sounds. The track rumbles as the steam engine pulls the cars into motion and Platform 9 3/4 quickly whisks away into the background. Friends are reunited and there are plenty of hugs, high fives and back slaps to go around. When things begin to settle, your belly starts to growl.
As if on cue, the Honeydukes Express food trolley rolls down the aisle. Gooey Chocolate Frogs, rich Cauldron Cakes, and colorful Licorice Wands tempt you with their magical sweetness. But, before you make your selection, a rich and buttery aroma fills the air. Someone exclaims with delight, "The Pumpkin Pasties are out of the oven!" They smell too good to resist. Your first bite confirms that there must be something magical about them. The pastry crust is light and flakey and the pumpkin filling is gently swirled with sweet butterscotch--a perfect mixture of savory and sweet. It is the best thing you have ever tasted. The food cart moves to the next passenger car and all that is left of your pumpkin pasty are a few crumbs scattered on your robes. It is a bewitching beginning to an adventurous year at Hogwarts!
You might not be able to board the real Hogwarts Express, but you can still enjoy tasting your own hot Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties with this delicious recipe. And, with any luck, you can also travel to the incredible Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. It is such a magical place to visit. Relive your favorite Harry Potter memories as you immerse yourself into the Wizarding World. It is an experience you will never forget! When you are there, pop into the Honeydukes Sweet Shop and see how their Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties compare to your own. Let us know what you think!
Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties Recipe
(Wizarding World of Harry Potter Copycat Recipe)
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Butterscotch Baking Chips
1/4 Cup Butter
1 Package Pre-made Refrigerated Pastry/Pie Crust
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and eggs in a bowl. Stir them together until they are combined. Set aside.
Spread the pie crust onto a cutting board. Use a large canning jar lid, or a circle cookie cutter to cut the dough into circles. I was able to get eight circles out of each of the pre-made pie crusts. There are some left over scraps of dough. You can combine the scraps, roll out the dough, and get a few more circles out of it if you would like!
Build each individual pastry in layers. Spread melted butter along the top of the dough. Then, scoop a teaspoon of the pumpkin filling onto the center of the circle. Add a few butterscotch chips. The butterscotch chips are the secret ingredient to this recipe. After reading reviews and studying various recipes about the Pumpkin Pasties at Universal Studios, I decided they needed an extra "Hogwarts element." Many people suggested eating the pasties with a drink of Butterbeer. So, I decided to put a little bit of that butterbeer flavor into the treat instead! I started with using four chips in each pasty but, after I sampled the first batch, I decided that the butterscotch flavor was so yummy, I added about six butterscotch chips to each pasty in my second batch. I'd recommend using six or seven, if you are feeling adventurous.
I think the butterscotch is the perfect addition to the Harry Potter pumpkin pasties recipe. I hope you agree. Once the filling is complete, fold the dough in half. It will be a half moon shape. Press down and seal the open edges together with your fingers and then press a fork along the sealed edge to make a crinkle design.
Make a slit in the dough with a sharp knife point to allow steam to release when baking. Since this is a Harry Potter pumpkin pasties recipe, I decided an appropriate scar would be a lightening bolt. Don't you agree?
Brush the tops of your pumpkin pasties with butter. Don't skip the butter! It makes the dough rich and flakey and allows it to brown nicely while cooking. Place the finished pumpkin pasties on a greased baking sheet. Allow them to bake for about 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven. You will know they are ready when the tops are golden brown.
This Harry Potter pumpkin pasties recipe is best when served warm. They only need a few minutes to cool after they are out of the oven. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I had no idea pumpkin could ever be so delicious. It is quite magical.
In fact, the only thing more magical is eating pumpkin pasties inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! If you haven't been, we'd love to help you get there. You can save up to $29 per ticket depending on when you travel with our discount Universal Studios Hollywood tickets. Book online or call any of our vacation experts at 855-GET-AWAY. They would love to help you be on your way to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
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