Tag Archives: Harry Potter

It’s Time to Get Fantastical

 

I am extremely excited for this movie! I love the world of Harry Potter, so getting any further glimpses into that magical world is a treat. This film, so far, looks amazing and so does the cast. The release date cannot come soon enough.

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Half Baked Harvest: Pumpkin Butterbeer Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Butterbeer Hot Chocolate.

  • prep time: 5 MINUTES
  • cook time: 10
  • total time: 15 MINUTES

yields: MAKES 2-3 MUGS

Ingredients

    • 4 1/2 cups whole milk
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
    • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1/3 cup butterscotch sauce (home recipe below)
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
    • Butterscotch Cream
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 2 tablespoons butterscotch sauce (homemade recipe below)
    • 1 vanilla bean, seeds removed or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Homemade Butterscotch Sauce
    • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)

Instructions

Add the milk to a large heavy bottomed pot. Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, milk chocolate, pumpkin, butterscotch sauce, vanilla, butter and bourbon (if using). Place the pot over medium low heat until the milk is scalding, but not boiling. Be sure to stir the pot often to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom and burning.

Meanwhile, make the butterscotch whipped cream. Add the cream to a large mixing bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. Add the vanilla bean and whip until combined. Stir in the buttersctoch, leaving streaks in the whipped cream. Keep in the fridge until read to serve.

Once the hot chocolate is steaming, ladle into mugs and dollop with cream. If you want to be fancy, you can sprinkle the top of the cream with edible gold stars!

Butterscotch Sauce

Melt the butter in a small sauce pot. Add the brown sugar, heavy cream and salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and bourbon, if using.

Half Baked Harvest has a video posted on their website on how to make the drink as well. Check it out:

http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/pumpkin-butterbeer-hot-chocolate-video/

 * Also, this is not my recipe. All belongs to Half Baked Harvest.

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Anyone Care for Some Pumpkin Pasties?

This is an enchanting YouTube series for any foodie/book lover. In honor of October 31st I thought this Harry Potter recipe was fitting. Enjoy Let’s Eat Fiction’s adorably tasty wizard treat.

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Harry Potter Golden Snitch Cupcakes

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* In honor of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthdays Nerdist posted this tasty recipe. Chomp your muggle teeth down on these delicious cupcakes. Feast your eyes upon the recipe:

Harry Potter Every Flavor Cupcakes

(makes 24 cupcakes)

Butterbeer cupcake ingredients:
-3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
-1-3/4 cups sugar
-3 eggs
-2-1/4 cups cake flour
-1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-pinch of salt
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup Butterbeer (or Cream Soda)
-1/4 cup heavy cream

Butterbeer Frosting ingredients:
-1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
-4-1/2 to 5 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 cup Butterbeer

Golden Snitch ingredients:
-gold gumballs
-yellow candy melts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a cupcake pan with liners.

In bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until combined.

Add the eggs and the vanilla.

Alternate the flour mixture with the Butterbeer and heavy cream until combined.

Fill the prepped liners about 2/3 full and bake for approximately 15 minutes depending on your oven. Let cool on a wire rack.

While the cupcakes are cooling make the frosting and the Golden Snitch candy wings. For the candy wings, place the candy melts in a heat safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Pour the melts into a piping bag or a decorating squeeze bottle.

On a piece of parchment pipe the outline of a wing shape, approximately 4-inches long, then criss-cross across the wing, then down the center to connect the lines together.

Place the wings in the freezer for 5 minutes or until set.

To make the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Add the Butterbeer until you reach the desired consistency, then whip on high until light and fluffy.

Once the cupcakes are cool, core out the center and add fillings. Sweet things like jam, candies, fudge or marshmallow as well as dried fish, mustard, or horseradish. Then frost over the top of the filled cupcakes.

Add a gold gumball and the candy wings to top off the cupcakes.

 

Visit the recipe page on here:

http://nerdist.com/harry-potter-every-flavor-cupcakes/

* Nerdist has more great Harry Potter content on their site. Plus, more cupcake pictures, which is never a bad thing.

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Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls

~ I recently stumbled upon another Harry Potter inspired band: Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls. Their music is at times touching as well as carefree. I especially liked their song “Open At the Close.” If any of you are die hard Harry Potter fans or just like interesting music then check out the last.fm website. The site itself has all their music, YouTube fan videos for their songs, and info about Oliver Boyd.

Link to last.fm channel: 

http://www.last.fm/music/Oliver+Boyd+and+the+Remembralls

Also, the lyrics to “Open At the Close”: 

I’ve figured out all the pieces and
It now makes sense to me.
My future has been set in stone,
And this end must come.
For this must be done.
I cannot let them die in vain.
They fought by my side
And fell with their pride.
One a brother, lived with all his wit.
Another taught me life, and how to deal with it.

So I’ll walk it alone and face this truth.
Mum, I’m coming home, home to you.
No goodbyes this time, and no kisses too.
Ginny, please don’t you cry.
Know I’ll always love you.

Memories run though my mind
And it’s comforting to me.
This is it, there’s no more to say.
Just a waiting game as he takes his aim.

So I’ll walk this alone and face this truth.
Mum, I’m coming home, home to you.
No goodbyes this time, and no kisses too.
Ginny, please don’t you cry.
Know I’ll always love you.

So I’ll walk it alone and face this truth.
Mum, I’m coming home, home to you.
No goodbyes this time, and no kisses too.
Ginny, please don’t you cry.
Know I’ll always love you.

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Downton Abby Takes on the Sorting Hat

The cast of Downton Abby are sorting themselves into their respective Hogwarts Houses. Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) of course sorts herself into Gryffindor, but what of the others? Read the following short Times article and then enjoy the full PBS video of the Downton cast nerding out over Harry Potter. It’ll be a magically good time.

Link:

http://time.com/3724702/downton-abbey-hogwarts/

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Ship It!

An adorable Harry Potter fan spin off video about romance, heartbreak, new love and the battle of the bands. Do I ship it? Why yes, yes I do. 😉

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The Official Ministry of Magic Website

The Official Ministry of Magic Website

~ Some wonderful individual has created a fully functioning Ministry of Magic website. Check out the link to see it for yourself.

http://ministryofmagic.co/

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Cold As Ice

Cold As Ice

(via ammapreakers:)

A mix for the illustrious, the incandescent, the ultimate sass master: draco malfoy. we all know he’s a little shit but he’s so much more than that, so light your wands and hold them in the air because this night is dedicated to the best blonde in the world, also angst. it kind of was like insinuated in the title. of course this is a meta mix, they all are. because there’s a lot more to draco than what meets the eye (even though what meets the eye is pretty damn nice, especially in black robes and stuff)

» LISTEN ON 8TRACKS:

http://8tracks.com/hipsterbambi/cold-as-ice-a-draco-malfoy-mix

sinister kid – the black keys // barton hollow- the civil wars // creep – ingrid michaelson // breathe me – sia // i’m on fire – bat for lashes // you had me at hello – mystery jets//beat the devil’s tattoo – black rebel motorcycle club // white winter hymnal – fleet foxes // i come apart – a$ap rocky feat. florence welch // flaws – bastille // tessellate – alt-j // in the snow – the antlers // skin – zola jesus // heaven – emeli sande // this isn’t control – ms mr // pompeii – bastille // narcissus – say anything // letdown – the glass child // ghosts – gabrielle aplin

(via mydraco)

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