Imagine you’re headed off to your first year at Hogwarts, an outsider. Alone. You, naturally, decide to stuff your face with all the mars bars you can find, but when the food trolley comes, there are no Mars bars to be found. Instead, you satisfy that sweet freedom you’re feeling with a bit of everything they have to offer there on the Hogwarts Express: Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Cauldron Cakes and Chocolate Frogs and, of course, Pumpkin Pasties.
Names like the meat pie, these pasties are instead filled with pumpkin and spice and everything nice. They are the perfect hand-held treat for a Harry Potter Party this Halloween.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Pumpkin Pasties
2 cups pumpkin puree, canned or homemade and strained
¾ cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)
pie crust pastry for a double crust 9″ pie
powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl mix together pumpkin puree, sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, salt and nutmeg until smooth. Stir in pecans if desired. Grease a medium casserole dish and pour in the pumpkin mix. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Roll our pie crust and cut out 4″ circles. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the cooled pumpkin pie filling into the crusts. Fold crust over to form a semicircle and seal using fork tines around the edge to press edges together. Repeat until all the pie crust is used.
Place on a parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees until lightly browned, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm or cooled. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
Makes 20 pumpkin pasties.