I make it no secret, I’m a proud Slytherin. While our house gets a bad rep for producing Dark wizards and witches, we aren’t all that way. As a house, we are ambitious, clever, cunning, and resourceful. Also, according to Harry Potter Wiki, Slytherins “have highly developed senses of self-preservation. This means that Slytherins tend to hesitate before acting, so as to weigh all possible outcomes before deciding exactly what should be done.” Okay, that last bit is me to a fault! I’m not a very on-the-fly decision maker, I mean, can we just stop and think about it for a little? 🙂 And yes, believe it or not, the Slytherin house has produced many reputable members of the magical society, including Horace Slughorn, Severus Snape, and Merlin!
Do you identify with a specific Hogwarts house or have your been officially sorted? (If not, you can take the quiz and join your house on Pottermore.) Regardless of which house you are a part of, the Sorting Hat’s song is one that we all hold dear. Let’s take a moment to remember the magical Great Hall during the first time we heard its song in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The Sorting Hat’s Song
Oh, you may not think I’m pretty,
But don’t judge on what you see,
I’ll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I’m the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There’s nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can’t see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don’t be afraid!
And don’t get in a flap!
You’re in safe hands (though I have none)
For I’m a Thinking Cap!
Regardless of what house you are a part of, there is one thing we can certainly agree on — magical desserts inspired by the wizarding world are the best kind.
I recently purchased some adorable Hogwarts house crest cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma and I’ve been brainstorming ways to utilize them that don’t involve fancy royal icing work. I know, I know, practice makes perfect, but just right now I don’t have the desire or the time to *attempt* to use royal icing. I AM determined to get better with it, but I still need some practice…
With the holiday season in full swing, I’ve got pie on my mind — and lucky for me, these cookie cutters also make perfect pie dough cutters. Use them to make decorative pie toppings to add a little magic to your standard pies, or whip up some mini pie pops to wow your guests and put a smile on their face.
Pie pops have been on my to-do list for awhile and I just recently attempted them. I’ll be honest, the first batch or so did not go as planned. Ugh! Talk about a disappointment. The pie pops looked great before they were baked, but I just could not figure out how to keep the details in the pie pop once they were baked and out of the oven.
Thankfully I found some really helpful tips from Jessica, @ThePieous, who creates fantastic pie masterpieces, which helped me to master the Hogwarts pie pops of my dreams! Thank you, Jessica, for your vanilla “painting” tips.This ideas was so easy and made a world of difference! If you love pie or just want to geek out over her nerdy pie creations, give her Instagram account a visit or a follow — @ThePieous.
How to Make Hogwarts Pie Pops
What You Need
- Pre-made refrigerated pie crust, one roll
- Vanilla extract for decorating
Apple Pie Filling:
- 2 apples
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
- 2 tsp. flour
- Hogwarts house crest cookie cutters
- Small brushes for decorating
- Lollipop sticks
- Parchment paper
NOTE — This recipe makes enough filling to use with one roll of pre-made pie crust. Double the recipe if you intend to use two rolls of pie crust.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Prepare your apple pie filling by skinning your apples and cutting them into small, thin pieces. Add your dry ingredients to a bowl with your apple pieces and mix well. Set aside.
Next, remove your pre-made refrigerated pie dough from the refrigerator and immediately unroll the dough on a clean surface. (If your dough gets warm and hard to work with, stick it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes to chill.) Using your Hogwarts house crest cookie cutters, cut out a top and bottom crest for each house. Lay the bottom piece on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lay a lollipop stick in the middle of the dough and press it down firmly into the dough to secure it.
Spoon a small scoop of apple pieces onto the center of the dough, covering the lollipop stick.
Pour a small amount of vanilla into a small dish or shot glass. Around the edges of your bottom dough piece, use your decorating brush to “paint” a little vanilla around the border of the crest shape (this will help your top piece stick to the bottom piece). Carefully place the second house crest dough piece on top of the bottom dough piece, covering the pie filling. Using a new lollipop stick, seal the top and bottom dough pieces together by pressing the stick into the dough, forming ridges around the edges of your pie pop.
Using your decorating brush, “paint” or apply vanilla to the indents of the design, including the ridges along the edge of your pop, and anywhere that you would like to add color.
Place your pie pops in your pre-heated oven and bake for roughly 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool before handling (or eating!).
Accio pie pops!