The Baker Upstairs: October 2019

10.31.2019

Mile High Biscuits

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These mile high biscuits are so soft and fluffy, and ready in about 30 minutes. They're the perfect complement to soups or stews, and so delicious!

These mile high biscuits are so soft and fluffy, and ready in about 30 minutes. They're the perfect complement to soups or stews, and so delicious!

When we lived in Utah, my family's absolute favorite breakfast spot was Ruth's Diner in Emigration Canyon. We lived right at the mouth of the canyon, so it was easy to drive up there for every special occasion and birthday. We went there to celebrate when I passed the NCLEX (and again five years later when my husband passed the NCLEX), and it's the first restaurant we took each of our babies to after they were born. It has such a special place in our hearts, and we make sure to visit every time we're in Salt Lake.

One of my favorite things about Ruth's is that before you get your meal, they bring out a big, warm, fluffy biscuit for you! They call them mile high biscuits, and they're usually around 4 inches tall. The texture is somewhere between a traditional biscuit and a roll, and they are amazingly good. They come with homemade jam in a little silver pot (usually raspberry) and a few pats of cold butter, and they are totally heavenly! It's been a year since our last visit to Ruth's, and I have been missing their mile high biscuits like crazy. I was so excited to find this recipe on A Bountiful Kitchen, and to learn that it's not just a copycat recipe - it's the actual recipe that Ruth's Diner uses!

These mile high biscuits are so soft and fluffy, and ready in about 30 minutes. They're the perfect complement to soups or stews, and so delicious!

I had a batch of biscuits in the oven about 15 minutes after finding the recipe, and let me tell you, they did not disappoint! They're just as delicious as the mile high biscuits I remember at Ruth's. The recipe is pretty similar to a lot of other biscuit recipes I've seen, but I think adding the egg makes all the difference as far as the texture goes. They are so soft and fluffy and perfect! I pulled some homemade raspberry jam out of the pantry from last summer, slathered my hot biscuit with butter, and had the most heavenly snack I've eaten in years. I already have a biscuit recipe that I love dearly, but I think these biscuits may have edged them out for my favorites!
Mile High Biscuits

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter, cold
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/4 cup water

Preheat the oven to 425. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Grate the cold butter into the flour mixture, and cut in using a pastry blender or two knives, until the pieces of butter are no bigger than pea sized. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and water. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix just until the dough starts to come together. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough out into a 6 x 6 inch square. Cut into 9 pieces using a bench scraper or a knife, then place the pieces in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 baking dish so they are spaced about 1/2 inch apart. Bake 12-15 minutes, until the biscuits golden brown on top. Serve hot with butter and raspberry jam.

adapted slightly from A Bountiful Kitchen

These mile high biscuits are so soft and fluffy, and ready in about 30 minutes. They're the perfect complement to soups or stews, and so delicious!

10.29.2019

Bacon Apple Stovetop Stuffing

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This bacon apple stovetop stuffing is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! It's so flavorful, and so easy to make!

This bacon apple stovetop stuffing is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! It's so flavorful, and so easy to make!

Are you a big stuffing fan like I am? It's always perplexing to me that what I consider to be a staple of the Thanksgiving table is so polarizing for some people. When I was growing up, my Aunt Lorene (whom I adored and wanted to be just like) detested stuffing and wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. I remember hanging out in the kitchen with her and my mom while my mom was preparing our Thanksgiving meal, and watching her snag bites of crispy turkey skin while bemoaning the fact that we had the dreaded soggy bread on the dinner table. I guess what's most funny to me is that I absolutely detest soggy bread (I will throw away a whole sandwich or burger if the bread/bun gets wet or soggy) but I absolutely love stuffing! In my mind, it's not soggy bread at all... it's bread transformed into something else. Something magical.

When I first started making stuffing on my own, I mostly just stuck to the boxed mix, which is kind of neither here nor there, flavor-wise. It's not wonderful, it's not terrible. A few years ago I decided to branch out and try making stuffing from scratch, and that's when I discovered that there's a bit of a learning curve as far as how much moisture to add, which ingredients work well together, and how to get that perfect consistency of tender stuffing that's neither mushy nor dry. I've tried a lot of stuffing recipes in the last few years, but this bacon apple stovetop stuffing is definitely my favorite!

This bacon apple stovetop stuffing is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! It's so flavorful, and so easy to make!

This stuffing has the perfect texture, and the most delicious combination of flavors! I also love that it's made on the stovetop, which frees up a little oven space when you're trying to coordinate everything else that needs to be cooked on turkey day. Honestly, it's so easy that it's totally manageable on a weeknight as a side dish for grilled chicken or baked salmon. I made my own bread cubes from some leftover homemade rolls and wheat bread, but you can make them from any bread you happen to have on hand, or even just buy some store-bought bread cubes. If you can't find any fresh sage (I happened to have some in my kitchen herb garden), you can use a teaspoon or two of dried sage instead. The recipe makes enough for two meals for my family, so I usually put half in the freezer for another day. If you're making it for a crowd, I would guess it would serve 10-12 adults, and the recipe should be pretty easy to scale up or down as needed. If you love stuffing like I do, then you definitely need to give this one a try!

This bacon apple stovetop stuffing is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! It's so flavorful, and so easy to make!
Bacon Apple Stovetop Stuffing

4 slices thick cut bacon, cut into pieces
4 tablespoons butter
1 medium apple, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups dried bread cubes*

Add the bacon to a large pot over medium heat. Cook until crispy, stirring frequently. Add the butter, apple, celery, onion, and garlic to the pot, and cook until the vegetables are tender. While the vegetables are cooking, heat the chicken broth, poultry seasoning, sage, and salt in a microwave safe bowl or small pot until hot. Add the dried bread cubes to the pot with the vegetables and butter, and stir until they are coated in butter. Pour the broth mixture over the top of the bread cubes and stir to combine. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 10-15 minutes, until the bread is soft.

* To make the dried bread cubes, cut a loaf of crusty bread into one inch cubes. Lay the cubes in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 200 degrees for 60-90 minutes, or until the bread is lightly toasted and completely dried out. You can do this several days in advance and just store the bread cubes in an airtight container or zipper bag.

This bacon apple stovetop stuffing is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! It's so flavorful, and so easy to make!

10.27.2019

Soft Pretzels

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These homemade soft pretzels are just as delicious as the pretzels from the mall, and so fun to make at home!

These homemade soft pretzels are just as delicious as the pretzels from the mall, and so fun to make!

Is there anyone who doesn't love a warm, soft, buttery pretzel? They are one of my favorite treats, and I pick up a hot pretzel almost every time I visit the mall (which, I'll be honest, is not very often, since I hate crowds and buy pretty much everything online). I got addicted to them when I was in high school and worked at a department store in the mall, and walked to the pretzel shop on my breaks for a chewy pretzel dipped in cheese sauce. Yum!

These homemade pretzels taste just as delicious as those mall pretzels I love, but they're even better because they're homemade! They're actually quite simple and quick to make, and so easy that my kids can do most of the work themselves. They love rolling out the dough into long ropes, twisting it into a pretzel shape, and dipping it in the baking soda solution. They're also quite good at eating them! :)

These homemade soft pretzels are just as delicious as the pretzels from the mall, and so fun to make!

These soft pretzels are the perfect complement to a bowl of soup, and also work great as an appetizer. I've even sliced them in half horizontally and made them into sandwiches before (totally delicious!). I like them best when they're still hot from the oven, but they will keep for 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container. You definitely need to give these pretzels a try!

Perfect Soft Pretzels

for the dough:
2 cups warm milk, about 110 degrees
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
6 tablespoons packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
4 1/2 cups flour, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons salt

for topping:
1/3 cup baking soda
3 cups warm water
coarse salt, to taste
4 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. When the mixture is bubbly, mix in the brown sugar, butter, one cup flour, and salt, and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour, one cup at a time, and mix until a smooth and slightly sticky dough forms. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise about one hour, until doubled in size.

After the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 450. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Divide the dough into twelve equal sized pieces, and roll each piece into a long skinny rope. Twist into a pretzel shape. In a medium bowl, mix together the warm water and baking soda until dissolved. Dip each pretzel into the baking soda mixture and place on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with salt. Bake 7 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.

adapted from Cooking Classy
These homemade soft pretzels are just as delicious as the pretzels from the mall, and so fun to make!

10.23.2019

Instant Pot Apple Butter

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This instant pot apple butter tastes fantastic and is so quick and easy to make!

This instant pot apple butter tastes fantastic and is so quick and easy to make!

I know we're reaching the tail end of apple season, and sliding right into all things pumpkin, but I definitely can't let apple season pass without sharing this amazing apple butter. We've had a wonderful fall season so far, and my family has picked apples at a local orchard not once, but twice this year! My kids tried some apple butter at the little farm store at one of the orchards, and they haven't been able to talk about anything else since. I didn't grow up eating apple butter, so it's never really been on my radar, but since my kids loved it so much, I figured we might as well give it a try at home with our abundance of apples.

I used golden delicious apples for mine, but I think any sweet apple would do well with this recipe. I got the recipe from A Bountiful Kitchen, and she's one of those tried and true bloggers that I turn to frequently when I need a really good recipe that I know will work. I really liked that I didn't have to peel the apples (ain't nobody got time for that), and it's made in the Instant Pot, so it's really quick and simple to make!

This instant pot apple butter tastes fantastic and is so quick and easy to make!

My apple butter was still a little pale and watery after I pureed it, so I just cooked it on sauté mode in the instant pot for about 15 minutes until it thickened. I will warn you that if you do the same, be prepared for the apple butter to bubble and splatter a bit (and protect your clothes/hands accordingly). I had to wipe down my counters afterward, but it was worth it for such completely delicious apple butter!

The apple flavor  in this apple butter is so concentrated and delicious, with just the right amount of sweetness, and the pumpkin pie spice adds the perfect touch. My family has been eating it on toast, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, and even just by the spoonful! The recipe makes around 5 - 6 cups of puree, and it will keep in the fridge for a week or two, or in the freezer for several months. You will definitely want to put it on just about everything!

This instant pot apple butter tastes fantastic and is so quick and easy to make!

Instant Pot Apple Butter

4 pounds apples (about 8-10 medium apples)
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Wash the apples (leave the skin on!) and cut them into quarters or eighths, discarding the core. Place them in the instant pot, then pour the water over the top. Add the pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar, and toss slightly to coat the apples. Place the lid on the pot, turn the knob to seal, and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest. Using an immersion blender, blend the apple butter until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice. If the apple butter is still too liquid (more like applesauce), turn on the sauté function of the instant pot and cook, stirring regularly, until the apple butter darkens in color and is thick and smooth. The apple butter may splatter as it cooks, so use a long handled spoon and be careful!

adapted from A Bountiful Kitchen

This instant pot apple butter tastes fantastic and is so quick and easy to make!

10.20.2019

7 Magical Harry Potter-inspired Halloween Treats

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These seven delicious Harry Potter-inspired treats are sure to make your Halloween extra magical!

These seven delicious Harry Potter-inspired treats are sure to make your Halloween extra magical!

Thanks so much for following along this month while I've shared some of my favorite Harry Potter recipes! It has seriously been so much fun for me to celebrate one of my favorite book series, and I hope you've enjoyed the recipes too. Just in case you missed any, and for the sake of having them all in one place, here's a roundup of all of the great Harry Potter recipes I've shared this month:


This bubbly and sweet homemade butterbeer is so easy to make, and so delicious!

These seven delicious Harry Potter-inspired treats are sure to make your Halloween extra magical!


These edible wizard wands are so simple to make, and perfect for a Harry Potter party!

These seven delicious Harry Potter-inspired treats are sure to make your Halloween extra magical!


These adorable golden snitches are the perfect touch for a Harry Potter party. They're simple and quick to make, and add a little sparkle to the table!

These seven delicious Harry Potter-inspired treats are sure to make your Halloween extra magical!


Set up your own version of the famous Honeydukes sweet shop with these fun and easy ideas and recipes!

These seven delicious Harry Potter-inspired treats are sure to make your Halloween extra magical!


This sweet and flavorful pumpkin juice is the perfect fall drink. Serve it hot or cold for an unforgettable sweet treat!

These seven delicious Harry Potter-inspired treats are sure to make your Halloween extra magical!


These delicious Harry Potter-inspired homemade pumpkin pasties taste just like pumpkin pie, and they're so easy to make!

These seven delicious Harry Potter-inspired treats are sure to make your Halloween extra magical!


These Harry Potter-inspired rock cakes are so tender and perfectly sweetened. They're perfect for breakfast, or enjoying with a cup of tea!

These seven delicious Harry Potter-inspired treats are sure to make your Halloween extra magical!

Accio Halloween treats! :)

10.17.2019

Pumpkin Pasties | A Harry Potter Halloween

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These delicious Harry Potter-inspired homemade pumpkin pasties taste just like pumpkin pie, and they're so easy to make!

These delicious Harry Potter-inspired homemade pumpkin pasties taste just like pumpkin pie, and they're so easy to make!

Hello, friends! I'm back with the last recipe in my Harry Potter Halloween series, and it's one of my absolute favorites. I make these pumpkin pasties every fall, and my family can't get enough of them! They have all the flavor of pumpkin pie, but in a tiny adorable two-bite pastry. These adorable pumpkin pasties have a light and tender flaky pastry crust, surrounding a warm and lightly spiced pumpkin filling. They're totally irresistible!
Around half past twelve there was a great clattering outride in the corridor and a smiling, dimpled woman slid back their door and said, "Anything off the cart, dears?"... He had never had any money for candy with the Dursleys, and now that he had pockets rattling with gold and silver he was ready to buy as many Mars Bars as he could carry - but the woman didn't have Mars Bars. What she did have were Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen before in his life.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
From the first time I read about Harry and Ron eating pumpkin pasties on the Hogwarts Express, I was intrigued. (Also jealous. Why didn't I get to ride a fancy train to wizard school and eat delicious snacks from the trolley along the way?) I'm not usually the biggest fan of pumpkin pie, because it always seems like there's too much filling for the amount of crust, but the filling/crust ratio on these pasties is absolutely perfect to me!

These delicious Harry Potter-inspired homemade pumpkin pasties taste just like pumpkin pie, and they're so easy to make!

Be sure to work the pastry dough as little as possible so it will stay tender and flaky. The dough is a little thicker and drier than my usual pie crust recipe when it's first mixed, but as it chills the cream cheese hydrates the dough and makes it softer and easier to work with. The chilling step is important, so definitely don't skip it! I cut some lightning-scar shaped vent holes in my little pasties, just for fun, but you could just could a few small slashes instead if you prefer. These pumpkin pasties are the perfect dessert to enjoy this fall!
Pumpkin Pasties

for the crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup cold butter
1 pack­age of cold cream cheese, cut into pieces

for the filling:
3/4 cup canned or fresh pump­kin puree
2 large eggs, divided
pinch of ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Grate the butter into the flour mixture, and blend in using a pastry blender or a fork, until the pieces are no larger than pea sized. Add the cream cheese and mix until the dough starts to come together. Turn out onto a floured surface and shape into two discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes. To make the filling, mix together the pumpkin, one egg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Refrigerate until ready to use.

After the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone liner. Roll the dough out into a large circle about 1/8 inch thick, and cut circles out of the dough using a biscuit cutter or glass. Place a small spoonful of filling on one side of each circle, fold over the circle, and crimp with a fork to seal. Using a sharp knife, make a few small cuts on the top of each pasty to allow steam to escape. Beat the remaining egg with one tablespoon of water, and brush over the top of the pasties. Bake 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

adapted from Brownie Bites
These delicious Harry Potter-inspired homemade pumpkin pasties taste just like pumpkin pie, and they're so easy to make!

10.15.2019

Butterbeer | A Harry Potter Halloween

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This bubbly and sweet homemade butterbeer is so easy to make, and so delicious!

This bubbly and sweet homemade butterbeer is so easy to make, and so delicious!

I can't believe we are halfway through October already! I have had such a great time sharing some fantastic Harry Potter recipes with you this month, and I've saved two of my favorite recipes for last this week. First up, this delicious homemade butterbeer! Although butterbeer is mentioned frequently in the books, the taste of it is never described very clearly. All we know for sure is that it's delicious!
Ron came back five minutes later, carrying three foaming tankards of hot butter beer. "Merry Christmas!" he said happily, raising his tankard. Harry drank deeply, It was the most delicious thing he'd ever tasted and seemed to heat every bit of him from the inside.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Most of the homemade butterbeer recipes I've found have a flavor similar to butterscotch and/or caramel, so that's what I went with too. Sometimes Harry and friends drink it hot, sometimes cold, and sometimes room temperature. I went with a cold version this time, but I'm excited to try to whip up a warm version to keep me cozy this winter. This butterbeer has a cream soda base, with a little added flavoring to make it extra delicious. It's topped with a sweet whipped marshmallow cream topping, and served cold and bubbly.

This bubbly and sweet homemade butterbeer is so easy to make, and so delicious!

I will warn you that this butterbeer is quite sweet, so a small glass is probably sufficient. It has such a delicious combination of flavors! My kids totally loved it and would have happily downed the entire batch if I had let them. If you're making it in advance for a party, I would suggest making the topping and refrigerating it until you're ready to serve, and storing the soda separately. Don't add the topping to the soda until just before serving. This homemade butterbeer is so delicious, and perfect for any celebration!
Homemade Butterbeer

2 liters cream soda, chilled
1 tablespoon butter flavor
2 teaspoons rum extract
1 cup heavy cream
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream

Add the butter flavor and rum extract to the bottle of cream soda, and gently tip back and forth to mix in. Chill until ready to use. To make the topping, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold in the marshmallow cream and mix until well combined. To serve, pour the cream soda into clear glasses and top with the marshmallow cream.

Adapted slightly from Cooking Classy

This bubbly and sweet homemade butterbeer is so easy to make, and so delicious!

10.13.2019

Honeydukes Sweet Shop | A Harry Potter Halloween

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Set up your own version of the famous Honeydukes sweet shop with these fun and easy ideas and recipes!

Set up your own version of the famous Honeydukes sweet shop with these fun and easy ideas and recipes!

It has been so fun sharing Harry Potter sweets with you this week! (If you missed my posts earlier this week, be sure to check out my edible wizard wands and golden snitches.) Today I'm putting it all together to share my homemade version of Honeydukes sweet shop! Harry visits Honeydukes for the first time during his third year of Hogwarts, and the description is pretty magical.
There were shelves upon shelves of the most succulent-looking sweets imaginable. Creamy chunks of nougat, shimmering pink squares of coconut ice, fat, honey-colored toffees; hundreds of different kind of chocolate in neat rows...
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Obviously I don't have a giant storefront that I can fill with endless amounts of sweets, but my homemade version is a sweet little taste of Honeydukes. It would be perfect as a dessert table at a Harry Potter-themed party! The best part is that it's simple to set up, and sure to put a smile on all of your guest's faces.

Set up your own version of the famous Honeydukes sweet shop with these fun and easy ideas and recipes!

I wanted my Honeydukes display to have the apothecary-ish vibe I imagined from the books, so I found these cute jars at Ikea for displaying some candies. They were pretty inexpensive, and I can use them later for storing other things in the kitchen, so I would say it was money well spent!

Set up your own version of the famous Honeydukes sweet shop with these fun and easy ideas and recipes!

I made sure to include some "every flavor beans" (also known as Jelly Bellys) to keep things authentic.

Set up your own version of the famous Honeydukes sweet shop with these fun and easy ideas and recipes!

I made the sign out of brown kraft paper and wrote the letters on with a sharpie, then added a few paper bats to make things a little spookier. I've found that using small bits of kneadable eraser helps them stick to the wall without damaging it. I punched holes in the letters of my sign, then strung them up with orange and white baker's twine.

Set up your own version of the famous Honeydukes sweet shop with these fun and easy ideas and recipes!

I was really excited to make some homemade chocolate frogs for the dessert table! I found this super cute chocolate frog mold on Amazon, and they turned out so awesome!

These homemade chocolate frogs are the perfect touch for your Harry Potter party, and so easy to make!

I just used light cocoa and dark cocoa candy melts, melted them according to the package directions, and poured them into the mold. Tap the mold gently on the counter to get rid of any air bubbles, then put them in the fridge to set for about 10 minutes. When they're fully set, they pop out of the mold easily. Aren't they adorable?

These homemade chocolate frogs are the perfect touch for your Harry Potter party, and so easy to make!

To finish out the display, I added a few pumpkins, a spider, and an owl. So simple, but still very cute! I also added some treat boxes and a scoop so everyone could help themselves to a little box of sweets. This Honeydukes candy display was so fun to set up, and perfect for a party!

Set up your own version of the famous Honeydukes sweet shop with these fun and easy ideas and recipes!

10.10.2019

Golden Snitches | A Harry Potter Halloween

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These adorable golden snitches are the perfect touch for a Harry Potter party. They're simple and quick to make, and add a little sparkle to the table!

These adorable golden snitches are the perfect touch for a Harry Potter party. They're simple and quick to make, and add a little sparkle to the table!

Calling all quidditch players! These golden snitches are one of my favorite things that I've made so far as part of my Harry Potter Halloween series. They're so simple to make, but they turn out so pretty and elegant! Golden snitches are obviously important to Harry in the book - they represent a new (and previously unknown) talent, a way to make friends and feel accepted, and a chance to excel and be admired after a life of feeling unwanted and ignored. From the moment Harry is introduced to the snitch, he's hooked.
Compared with the Quaffle and the Bludgers, it was tiny, about the size of a large walnut. It was bright gold and had little fluttering silver wings. "This," said Wood, "is the Golden Snitch, and it's the most important ball of the lot. It's very hard to catch because it's so fast and difficult to see." 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
As much as I wish I could have a "real" snitch that my kids could chase around the house, these candy snitches are a pretty good substitute. They're very quick and easy to make, using Ferrero Rocher candies, gold glitter card stock, and tape. They're pretty self explanatory to make, but I wanted to share my process just in case you need a little inspiration.

I started by having my kids remove the stickers from the top of the Ferrero Rocher balls. Ours peeled off pretty easily without leaving any scraps behind. I left the candies in the little paper cups they come in, so they would sit upright instead of rolling away on the tray. Next, we cut out a wing shape from a piece of leftover cardboard, making sure it was sized correctly for the candy balls. We traced the wing shape onto the back of a piece of gold glitter card stock, making sure to flip it for half of the wings so both wings for each candy would have the glitter on the front. I found my glitter card stock at Michaels next to the regular card stock, and I've also seen it JoAnn Fabrics. To finish the snitches, we just taped the wings onto the back of the balls using gold washi tape. If you don't have washi tape on hand, scotch tape or masking tape will work just fine.

These adorable golden snitches are the perfect touch for a Harry Potter party. They're simple and quick to make, and add a little sparkle to the table!

These sweet and adorable golden snitches are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to your party, with almost zero effort! They'll disappear so fast you'll think they've flown away. :)

These adorable golden snitches are the perfect touch for a Harry Potter party. They're simple and quick to make, and add a little sparkle to the table!

10.08.2019

Edible Wizard Wands | A Harry Potter Halloween

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These edible wizard wands are so simple to make, and perfect for a Harry Potter party!

These edible wizard wands are so simple to make, and perfect for a Harry Potter party!

Hello, fellow witches and wizards (and interested muggles)! I'm back with the third recipe in my Harry Potter Halloween series, and this one's a fun one. This week I'm really excited to share ideas for setting up a fantastic Harry Potter-inspired sweets table, starting with these fun and simple edible wizard wands. They are so simple and easy to make, which makes them perfect for making with the kids. My twelve year old and her best friend made them, start to finish, by themselves, and they turned out fantastic!

Wands play such an important role in the wizarding world, so I knew I needed to include them in my Harry Potter series in some way. I remember reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the first time, and how Harry's experience buying his wand felt like an initiation (both for Harry and for the reader) into the wizarding world.
Harry took the wand. He felt a sudden warmth in his fingers. He raised the wand above his head, brought it swishing down through the dusty air and a stream of red and gold sparks shot from the end like a firework, throwing dancing spots of light onto the walls.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Since I'm not Mr. Ollivander, and lack the skills to make actual magic wands, these edible wands will just have to do! What they lack in magical ability, they definitely make up for in deliciousness.

These edible wizard wands are so simple to make, and perfect for a Harry Potter party!

Making these edible wizard wands is definitely not rocket science, but I still think they're really fun! I've seen edible wands made out of licorice on Pinterest, but I wanted my wands to be able to stand up on their own instead of flopping over, so I decided to use pretzel rods as a base instead. (As a side note, I wasn't able to find pretzel rods at any of the grocery stores near me, but I did find them at Target. So if you're having a hard time finding them, give Target a try!) The bonus with using pretzel rods is that you get that delightful salty/sweet combo that I love so much.

These edible wizard wands are so simple to make, and perfect for a Harry Potter party!

To make the wands, we dipped the pretzels in light cocoa candy melts, waited for them to cool and harden, and then drizzled them with dark cocoa candy melts. So simple and easy, but so fun too! If you take your time and tap off all of the excess chocolate before you move the pretzel rods to the baking sheet to cool, they will be much neater and less wonky, and the finished product will look more like a wand and less like a puddle. Don't worry if the darker chocolate drizzle overlaps the edges, though; it will be easy to remove with a knife (or to just knock off with your fingers) after the wands are set.

These edible wizard wands are so simple to make, and perfect for a Harry Potter party!

These edible wands are a fun (and tasty addition) to any Harry Potter party, and so easy that the kids can help make them. Be sure to follow along all week as I share more Harry Potter inspired sweets!

These edible wizard wands are so simple to make, and perfect for a Harry Potter party!

Edible Wizard Wands

1 package light cocoa candy melts
1/2 package dark cocoa candy melts
1 bag pretzel rods

Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone liner. Melt the light cocoa candy melts according to the package directions in a microwave safe bowl. Dip a pretzel rod in the melted chocolate, and use a spoon to pour chocolate over the pretzel, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of pretzel uncovered. Tap the pretzel on the side of the bowl gently to remove the excess chocolate. Place the pretzel rod on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining pretzel rods. Let cool and harden. Add the dark cocoa candy melts to a small microwave safe bowl and melt according to the package directions. Pour the melted chocolate into a piping bag or zipper bag, and cut a small piece off the corner of the bag. Drizzle the dark chocolate over the cooled pretzel rods. Cool completely, then break off the excess chocolate.

These edible wizard wands are so simple to make, and perfect for a Harry Potter party!
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