Receive your own letter into Hogwarts with these fun Harry Potter Letter Pastries! Okay, well not an actual letter into Hogwarts, but a delicious cherry pastry! These Harry Potter Letter hand pies are made to look like Harry’s Hogwart’s letter, complete with an edible Hogwarts chocolate “wax seal”. Vegan ,easy to make, fun for the Holidays!
Harry Potter Letter Hand Pies
A dream of mine is to wake up one morning to a letter through the post, welcoming me to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Wasn’t that everyones dream growing up!? Now you can ‘theoretically’ with these homemade Hogwarts letters. Buttery shortcrust pastry is filled with a sweet cherry pie filling topped with a dusting of icing sugar and a chocolate seal. They are easy to make, simple, yet super effective, and did I mention tasty? A great festive treat to make while watching Harry Potter movie marathon with candles burning and a glass of Butterbeer. Doesn’t that sound perfect?!
Why you’ll love these hand pies:
- Super easy to make.
- Melt in the mouth pastry.
- Easy to find / simple ingredients.
- Can be made gluten-free by swapping to a GF flour blend.
- Fun to make.
- Great for Halloween.
- They make great party food.
- Perfect for a Potter fan!
- One ingredient filling.
- Tasty snack.
- It’s a great way to use up any left over jam.
- Great served with a butterbeer for a Harry Potter movie marathon.
Ingredients for Harry Potter Letter Hand Pies:
I wanted to make this recipe as simple, quick and easy as possible, so I used my go-to shortcrust pastry which is only 4 ingredients, along with a 1 ingredient filling and a sugar dusting with chocolate detailing. They couldn’t be easier to make! This is what you’ll need:
- Plain flour : As we don’t need the pastry to rise unlike cake or cupcakes, plain flour is great! You can also make this recipe gluten-free by using a gluten-free plain flour blend. I recommend Doves Farm.
- Caster sugar : Fine caster sugar add’s sweetness, and also helps to bind the pastry. To help the pastry turn golden and have a delicious crisp top, you can sprinkle over some sugar before baking.
- Dairy-free block butter : Cold butter directly from the fridge helps to create the perfect, buttery pastry. My favourite vegan butters are Naturli Vegan Block and Flora Plant Block Alternative.
- Ice-water : To make ice-water, pour water in a bowl and add in a few ice cubes. Stir, and allow to sit for a few minutes so the water turns really cold. Now the water is perfect to use in the pastry. Using ice water helps to keep the fat cold so it doesn’t melt. If the fat ends up melting before the pastry is baked, it’s absorbed into the flour and won’t produce a flakey pastry.
- Cherry jam / conserve : You can use shop bought like me to make things easier, or make your own homemade jam / compote. I have the most amazing jam recipe in my book.
- Dairy-free milk : Brush some milk over the pastry before baking, this will help attach the sprinkled sugar and also helps with the golden colour.
- Icing sugar : Serve the pastries with a dusting of icing sugar. Simply sprinkle icing sugar / powdered sugar over the pastries before serving. It adds sweetness and a gorgeous effect.
- Dairy-free chocolate : Make the little letter ‘seals’ using some melted white or dark chocolate. You can even paint / spray with edible glitter.
How to assemble Harry Potter Letter Hand Pies?
- Roll out the pastry
First step is to roll out the pastry in between two sheets of grease-proof paper, which have been lightly floured. As the dough is similar to shortcrust, the main ingredient is butter so it has a tendency to stick. Roll out the dough until pretty thin, but not too thin.
- Cut the dough
You want to use a sharp knife to cut the dough. Make sure it is sharp as you don’t want to pull on the tough tearing it. Cut a diamond shape (12cm each side). Lift up the shape and place onto a grease-proof paper lined baking tray. I like to fill and shape the pastries on the baking tray as this just makes it easier.
- Cherry filling
You can either pipe the cherry jam / conserve into the middle of the pastries using a piping bag with the tip snipped off, or simply use a small spoon.
- Forming the letter
Brush milk around the edges of the pastry, around the filling. Create the letter shape, following the folds of a real envelope, fold in the left, right, and bottom flaps over the cherry jam, leaving the upper flap open (alternatively, you can fold all the edges over). Brush milk over the pastry then sprinkle over sugar, bake until golden.
- Chocolate seal
Melt some chocolate, spoon onto some grease-proof paper. Use a chilled letter stamp / press to create the shape, peel off. Paint or spray on some edible glitter, stick to the pasty letter with some melted chocolate. Serve and enjoy!