With everyone anticipating the final battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we're being apparated back into the wizarding world and all of the delicious food that goes along with it.
To help you fully geek out get into the Harry Potter spirit, I've found 7 Harry Potter-inspired recipes for you to make before you head off to watch Harry, Ron, and Hermione begin their search for the remaining Horcruxes. Most of these treats are sweets, but being bad never tasted so good (I suppose Slytherin wins this round), and they're super easy to make, even without a wand.
Treacle Tart: This traditional British dessert is a favorite of Harry's and shows up periodically throughout the series. Perfect for those wizards (and Muggles!) with a sweet tooth. Try this treacle tart recipe from Hell's Kitchen chef Gordan Ramsay.
Rock Cakes: Mrs. Weasley often made rock cakes, which are similar to scones, to go along with tea time. Just please refrain from doing that obnoxious British pinky-raising thing while you eat it.
Butterbeer: Ever since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened, folks have been able to get a taste of what the magical drink truly tastes like. "Like cream soda. It was somewhat thick, and it was really sweet, and then it got salty as you swallowed it, like butterscotch," one visitor describes. The drink has been tasted and approved by J.K. Rowling herself, but you don't have to apparate to Hogsmeade (or Orlando) to get a taste. Try this butterbeer recipe from FOX in your home.
Pumpkin Juice: Because butterbeer has inebriating effects in the books (though the above version is non-alcoholic), pumpkin juice is the drink of choice for students inside Hogwarts. Check out this super-easy, straightforward recipe from MuggleNet.com.
Cauldron Cakes: Hollow out chocolate muffins and fill with a mousse filling. The books say that the insides are stuffed with a "yellowish filling," but at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they use milk chocolate mousse and topped with a chocolate handle (try licorice instead, it's easier to bend).
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans: These jelly beans are actually available in retail. Oh, and don't worry, they left out the bogie-flavored ones.
Yorkshire Pudding: Geez, those Hogwarts kids must've been on a sugar high year-round. So last but not least, let's add a regular recipe. Yorkshire Pudding is a major component of England's national dish, Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. A tray of Yorkshire Pudding fresh from the oven should be well-risen and golden brown with a crisp exterior and soft middle.
Have you ever tried any foods from Harry Potter? Which ones would you like to get a taste of?