Guest Post: Darla from Bakingdom - Harry Potter Treats

In my ridiculous research to find some recipes from the world of Harry Potter, I ran across Darla and her blog Bakingdom.  Her entire blog is wonderful, but I was particularly impressed with the Harry Potter recipes. I can wait to give some of these recipes a shot! So a huge thanks to Darla for willing to write this guest post on extremely short notice and please go check out her other recipes on her blog.... you won't be disappointed! Hello. My name is Darla. I write a food blog called Bakingdom. I'm here on Sincerely Jill today because Jill asked if I would mind writing a little post about some of my Harry Potter recipes.

  That's right. I'm a Potter fan. A full fledged, wife and stepmother, totally grownup Pottermaniac. I've read the books many times, and watched the movies (catching all but two as they premiered in theaters). I haven't the excuse of a youngster to explain my entry into the Potterverse. No, I stumbled into it during my first year of marraige while my husband was deployed with the military. What better way to escape and pass the time until his return than with a journey into J.K. Rowling's magical universe?

  The stories stuck with me, and I couldn't escape the excitement and allure with each new book or film. When I started my blog, I knew that Harry Potter would become a part of it. Just a little treat here and there. Except, I'm not the only kid-at-heart-adult who has fallen head over heels for Harry, and my Potter posts quickly became some of my most popular. Today, I'll share a little bit about each of the recipes I've created, and maybe you can add one or two to your party plans for the release of Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II (HP7.2).

I first made HP treat for the release of HP7.1. For that very first Potter treat, there was no contest as to what it would be...it had to be Harry's favorite dessert: treacle tarts. I had never had a treacle tart before, but after doing a substantial amount of research, I learned that they were quite simple, so I set to work. The crust on my tarts is a basic shortcrust, and their filled with a traditional treacle tart filling. It's surprisingly lemony and far better than I anticipated. No wonder they're Harry's favorite!

Once I'd covered Harry's favorite, I knew the next treat was going to have to be the one that seems to have captured everyone's attention and peaked all of our imaginations: butterbeer. I was fortunate enough to get to try real butterbeer firsthand when I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last summer, during opening week.  It's truly delicious, and although not what I had imagined, I think it's possible that it may be better. The park's butterbeer, which was approved by J.K. Rowling herself was like a buttery cream soda with a rich, yet light, creamy foam on top. To acheive the same flavors, I used a cream soda base for my butterbeer and added a small amount of imitation butter to it. The foam is a buttery whipped cream that perfectly emulates the park's.

Aside from the delicious butterbeer that I had at WWoHP, I also got to have one of the fantastic cauldron cakes sold at Honeydukes. They were so wonderful, and absolutely adorable, that I couldn't resist trying to recreate them on my own. My double chocolate cauldron cakes have a twist of their own too, in that their filled with pearly, golden Felix Felicious potion.

For Part II of Deathly Hallows, I decided to continue my Pottermania by having another week dedicated to treats inspired by the books and films. I started out with a treat that I concocted back in November, but saved for this film release: Honeydukes Candyfloss Cupcakes. They aren't a treat that exists in the books, although candyfloss is mentioned at least once, but the gorgeous window display at Honeydukes in the WWoHP was so inspiring to me! Along with these cotton candy flavored cupcakes, I created a pom pom tutorial and Honeydukes tags to share with everyone, so that we could all have fun, festive cupcake toppers that would look perfectly at home inside Honeydukes.

My latest treat is another that comes more from my imagination rather than from the books, but who can resist a whimsically decorated Harry Potter cookie? Or Ron? Or Hermione?! My Harry Potter cookies were a new adventure for me, as it was the first time I decorated using royal icing. I had so much fun making these, and the best part is that there's no right or wrong...it's only limited by your imagination.

  I have one final magical dessert in store for my readers tomorrow. This one is inspired by Hogwarts and the four houses, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Stop by and check it out.

  I hope you enjoy my Potter inspired treats, and I especially hope you enjoy your HP viewing parties and premieres! I know I will...I'll be the one in the Potter Quidditch shirt and glittery Gryffindor tutu smuggling in my own butterbeer. :)

XO, Darla