I have been obsessed with the Harry Potter books ever since my older cousin loaned me the first four books of the series when I was in middle school. These delicious Harry Potter pumpkin pasties are right out of the books and movies. When I eat these, I imagine I’m in the Great Hall in Hogwarts, enjoying a meal with all my classmates and friends. Or perhaps I’m at the Burrow, and Mrs. Weasley has just pulled a fresh batch of these pumpkin pasties from the oven. 💓
Pumpkin pasties first appear in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on page 101. Harry sits with Ron on the Hogwarts Express and Harry has his grand introduction the wizarding world’s sweet treats. The snack trolley was filled with Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs, and of course, Pumpkin Pasties.
These Harry Potter pumpkin pasties are an easy dessert to make for Harry Potter fans. And if you’re looking for even more wizarding world recipes, try Harry Potter bangers & mash, Harry Potter sugar cookies, or a gingerbread house that looks like Hagrid’s Hut!
Why You Should Make This Recipe
I highly recommend you make these delicious pumpkin pasties. The crust is a flaky, buttery pie crust sweetened with a hint of cinnamon and sugar. And the pumpkin pie filling is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. These English pasties are like hand pies – you can have a slice of pumpkin pie anywhere, anytime!
Ingredients Needed to Make Pumpkin Pasties
- All-purpose flour – Flour is the base for the crust of the pasties. All-purpose flour provides a light and flaky texture better than whole wheat flour.
- Granulated sugar – A small amount of granulated sugar sweetens the pasty crust.
- Brown sugar – Brown sugar adds a rich, caramel flavor to the pumpkin filling.
- Salt – Salt brings out the flavors of the spices and sugars within this recipe.
- Cold butter – Keep your cubed butter cold in the fridge to ensure flaky pie crusts for your pasties.
- Cold water – Keeping the water cold for the crust prevents the butter from softening and melting, which would result in tough, chewy crusts. Keep your bowl of water with a few ice cubes in the fridge.
- Pumpkin – Use canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling which contains immeasurable amounts of added sugar and spices.
- Ground cinnamon – For a cozy flavor that is the perfect compliment to pumpkin.
- Ground nutmeg – To add a warm, nutty flavor.
- Ground cloves – Adds a strong, almost hot flavor that balances the rest of the sweeter spices.
- Ground ginger – For a sweet and slightly spicy flavor.
How to Make Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties
Make your dough: In a mixing bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, salt, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Toss the cold cubed butter in the dry ingredients, then use your index fingers and thumbs to squish the butter until it is the size of large peas. Add the cold water a tablespoon at a time until the dough holds its shape when squeezed in your hand. Press into a disc and wrap in plastic cling wrap.
Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Prepare the pumpkin pie filling: In a medium mixing bowl, combine canned pumpkin, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger until it is smooth. Set aside.
Roll the dough and cut out the pasty shapes: On a clean work surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out your dough with a rolling pin or large glass bottle until it’s about ½ cm thick.
Use cookie cutters or the rim of a drinking glass to cut out circles from the dough about 6-inches in diameter.
Preheat the oven and prepare a baking sheet: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
Fill the pasties with the pumpkin filling: Place a couple tablespoons of the pumpkin filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold the circles over in half and use a fork to press down the edges, to prevent them from opening.
Cut steam vents into the pasties: Use a sharp knife to cut a few lines into the tops of the pasties to allow steam to escape. You can cut lighting bolt shapes as an homage to Harry’s famous scar.
Bake the pasties: Bake for about 30 minutes, until the crust is golden. Let cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy!
Tips for Recipe Success
- Keep your cubed butter for the pasty crust cold. Cube the stick of butter first, then put it back in the fridge while you prepare the dry ingredients to ensure it isn’t too soft when you mix it into the dough.
- Place a few ice cubes in a bowl with cold water and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to add the cold water to your dough. Warm or even room temperature water could soften and melt the butter.
- Crimping the edges of the pasties with a fork isn’t just for looks. It seals the crust so the filling won’t spread out while they’re baking in the oven. Make sure you crimp through both the top and bottom layer of the pasties.
- Don’t skip cutting the steam vents into the tops of each pumpkin pasty. These vents allow steam from the filling to escape during baking. If the steam can’t escape, your crust could end up soggy.
Are Harry Potter pumpkin pasties sweet or savory?
Pumpkin pasties are sweet and taste similar to pumpkin pie. Cornish pasties, another Harry Potter recipe, are savory, filled with beef, potatoes and vegetables.
What is a pasty?
A pasty is a type of British pastry. It’s typically made from a circle of shortcrust pastry that’s filled with a sweet or savory filling and folded in half to make a semi-circle. It’s then baked and eaten like a hand pie or an empanada.
Which Harry Potter movie has pumpkin pasties?
We are introduced to pumpkin pasties in the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. However, I’m a huge fan of the awkward moment in the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when Cho Chang and Harry share a flirtatious look as Cho orders “two pumpkin pasties, please”. Classic.
Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties
Pasty Crust Dough
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup (1 stick) cold cubed butter
- ¼ – ½ cup ice cold water
Pumpkin Pie Filling
- 1 cup canned pumpkin (or pumpkin puree; not pumpkin pie filling)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
Make and chill the dough
- Cube the stick of cold butter and return it to the fridge to keep cold. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, salt, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Toss the cold cubed butter in the dry ingredients, then use your index fingers and thumbs to squish the butter until it is the size of large peas. Add ¼ cup of the ice cold water and mix into the dough. Continue adding the water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough holds its shape when squeezed in the palm of your hand. Press the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic cling wrap. Chill the dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Prepare the pumpkin pie filling
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine canned pumpkin, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger until it is smooth. Set aside.
Roll, shape the dough
- On a clean work surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out your dough with a rolling pin or large glass bottle until it's about ½ cm thick. Use cookie cutters or the rim of a drinking glass to cut out 6-inch circles from the dough. If your cookie cutter or glass is smaller than six inches, cut out the circles, then roll the dough further to be about 6-inches in diameter.
Fill and bake the pasties
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
- Place a couple tablespoons of the pumpkin filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold the circles over in half and use a fork to press down and crimp the edges, to prevent them from opening.
- Use a sharp knife to cut a few lines into the tops of the pasties to allow steam to escape. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy!
I originally published this post back on March 3, 2020. I posted this Harry Potter recipe to celebrate National Reading Day on March 2nd. It was an ode to my favorite book series in the entire world. The Harry Potter series remains one of my favorites, and I’m excited to update this pumpkin pasties recipe and all the photos for you!
The following photo is from when I originally posted these pumpkin pasties back in 2020. That was back when I was shooting all my photos on my iPhone!