'Harry Potter' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Peppermint Humbugs

With all of the fantastic food happenings in the world of Harry Potter one might assume that meals aren't capped off with a run of the mill after-dinner mint. Instead, the breath freshener of choice with the Hogwarts set are these Peppermint Humbugs. And making these Potter-centric candies at home might just be the most fun-filled project in Dinah Buchholz's The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. These vibrantly green, minty sweets are equal parts hard candy and taffy. More

Cook the Book: Brown Bread Ice Cream

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is chock full of ice cream references, from Harry's study sessions at Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour, to the no-melt ice cream sold in Honeydukes sweet shop, to all the times ice cream is scooped up for feasts at Hogwarts. So it's natural Dinah Buchholz included a hefty section of ice cream recipes in The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. The inspiration for these frozen treats is purely British, with flavors including mincemeat, Christmas pudding, tea, and this Brown Bread Ice Cream. More

Bangers and Mash

This big pile of sausages served with mashed potatoes and onion gravy is adapted from Dinah Buchholz's The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and is certainly the kind of meal that will steel you against all sorts of darkly magical onslaughts. The sausages are spiced with all sorts of herbs (more mundane than magical, but delicious nonetheless), including marjoram, thyme, and sage, that give these all-beef (or beef and pork) links a wonderfully herbal kick. More

Cook the Book: Paddington Burgers

These Paddington Burgers from Dinah Buchholz's The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook might just be the ideal back to school shopping meal. You see, these were the burgers that Harry and Hagrid sat down to after an exhaustive day of shopping for Hogwarts school supplies, a list that included such varied items as one cauldron (pewter, standard size 2), three sets of plain black work robes, and a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, all purchased on Diagon Alley. More

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