Do you count the first day of fall as September 1st or September 22nd (the official first day)? All the pumpkin flavored drinks are out, the boutiques are selling fall clothes and Hobby Lobby has Christmas Decor out! Guess that means it’s time to start working on fall foods! If you’ve ever seen or read Harry Potter, you will be familiar with the term Pumpkin Pasties. HOWEVER, I had no idea what they were supposed to look like, so this turned out… interesting to say the least. I definitely did my best, but this was a rough go around. The dough was real sticky no matter how much I floured the surface. I’m going to have to retry this recipe or find a better dough recipe.

Pumpkin Pasties Overall Review: 3/5

The pumpkin pasties dough was so sticky and hard to work with, I double checked I put all the proportions in right and it just didn’t seem to want to work. I don’t know whether it’s worth trying this recipe again and seeing if I made a mistake this first time or trying a different recipe where I might get a better dough to work with. Mine was nowhere near as thick as pictures that you see of Pumpkin Pasties online. It was really disappointing to work with and frustrating trying to get it to work. Now the taste was really good! I thought the filling was sweet but not overpowering and I loved the flavor of the dough with it. It was simply that it was so hard to work with. I am no expert at pastries or baking, so this is a very ametuer review. But want to be very clear before you try this one that it’s a bit more difficult than meets the eye. If I choose to try another recipe/retry this one, I will post an update below letting you know if it was me that made a mistake or not!

One more note, this is why you need pictures of the final product with recipes, so you know what you are trying to accomplish! I think that would have helped the shaping as I had no clue what I was going for! haha! I will be trying another recipe to see if I can get a better outcome for these pumpkin pasties. If you’ve made them before, what recipe did you use? Leave them below in the comments! xoxo-Kayla

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Pumpkin Pasties

Recipe from: The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz

Pasty Crust

  • 1 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 5 tbsp Cold Butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable shortening, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 4-6 tbsp Ice water


  • 1 cup Canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  1. In a food processor, place the flour, sugar and salt. Pulse until combined. Evenly distribute your butter and shortening pieces into the food processor. Pulse again until the mixture resembles coarse yellow meal with no white powdery bits (its recommended 15 pulses but it took me closer to 20).

  2. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl. Then add your 4 tbsps. of cold water. Mix with a spatula until it starts clumping together. If it's too dry add 1 tbsp of cold water until it clumps, it's okay if it's a bit wet. Gather the dough into a ball, pat into a disk, and refrigerate for 1 hour minimum.

  3. Combine the pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  4. Take out your chilled dough and on a well-floured surface roll the dough until 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into 6-inch circles.

  5. Put 2-3 tbsp of filling in the center, moisten edges with water and fold dough over and crimp with fork to seal edges. If you are nervous, start with 2 tbsp for your first pasty. I highly recommend looking up a photo of pumpkin pasties for a better idea how to fold, but basically your fold should be on one side NOT the center to crimp. You then want to cut slips in the center to vent the pasties.

  6. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 30 minutes or until browned.


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