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Cook the Book: Pumpkin Pasties

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

Chocolate Frogs, Cauldron Cakes, and Licorice Wands are the sort of wizard-friendly treats available on board the Hogwarts Express. On Harry Potter's maiden voyage to Hogwarts, he opts for Pumpkin Pasties, sweet and flaky little turnovers filled with cinnamon and nutmeg-y pumpkin.

Whipping up a batch of Pumpkin Pasties from Dinah Buchholz's The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook brought big smiles to one particular 11-year-old Potter fan who recognized them immediately and proceeded to tell me all about their multiple appearances throughout the series while gobbling them up. It's that kind of excitement that makes The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook really magical, being able to taste dishes from J. K. Rowling's beloved series at home.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook to give away this week.

Reprinted with permission from The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Buchholz, copyright © 2011. Published by Adams Media.

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