This week we’re heading to Harry Potter (darrrn Saaaauth) and I am damn excited since I’ve made these Baby Led Weaning Harry Potter Pasties. I’m putting some seriously effort into watching all 8 movies this week (are there 8?) and Noah even has a Harry Potter wand to chew whilst he’s there!
In homage to Mr. Potter I took it upon myself to make some Harry Potter inspired pasties that are perfect for Baby Led Weaning. They introduce a little spice and multiple textures without any added sugar or salt.
Harry Potter bought Pumpkin Pasties on his first voyage on the Hogwarts Express and they feature on the treats trolley throughout the films. You’ll know this if you are the same level of crazed fan that I am.
Of course, it’s gone Halloween so there’s no bloody chance of finding a Pumpkin is Asda now so I went about creating an orange, veggie based filling with the same earthy flavours. Personally, I think I cracked it.
This is a two part recipe starting with making a lentil base. The lentil recipe will make you around 10 times the amount of mixture you need to make the pasties, but it’s worth making a batch. The lentil base is so versatile and perfect for Baby Led Weaning. I mix it with pasta or just serve it as a side at dinner or as a quick puree for a no fuss snack.
You can freeze it or keep it in the fridge for 3 days.
- 2 heaped tsp of mixed spice powder
- 1 heaped tsp of Garlic (I use the cheats version)
- 300g of red lentils (washed but not soaked)
- 1 leek chopped finely (or an onion if you need to use some up)
- 500g of Passata
- A full, boiled kettle
- A large saucepan
On a medium heat add all the ingredients (minus the water) into the saucepan.
Stir to prevent burning.
Continue to add small amounts of the boiled water to the mixture as you would with a risotto, stirring throughout, allowing the lentils to absorb the water.
This should continue for around 25 minutes until the lentils are slightly overdone and appear to be a mushy consistency.
Transfer immediately to a heat proof dish – preventing them cooling and sticking to the pan.
Once this process is complete you can use a portion of this mixture to make your pasties and simply leave the rest to cool for later.
They should look something like this, and smell amazing!
Now, moving on to the Harry Potter Pasties
In addition to the lentil mixture you will need:
- 1 small butternut squash
- 1 egg or a small amount of milk for pastry washing
- Ready made short crust pastry
- Around 50g of parmesan
- Any type of flour for dusting
Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and roll as thinly as possible. You really can make any shape or arrangement you like and I opted to experiment a little.
Peel and chop the Butternut Squash into 1cm squares (again, you won’t need all of it) and add several squares of squash. Spoon over the lentil mixture and sprinkle on some parmesan.
Close your pastie and wash with egg or milk (I do this using the back of a teaspoon). Mine looked liked this…
Sprinkle a little more parmesan over your pastie(s) to create a nice colour once cooked.
Bake your pastie(s) at 180 degrees for around 25 minutes (checking throughout).
You can adapt this recipe to make as many or as little as you wish. Your only constraint is the amount of pastry you have as the squash and lentils will stretch to around 50.
Once cooled serve, pop in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.
I don’t have any pictures of Noah eating these as I ate them all myself, but I’m sure they would of been a hit!
If you try this recipe yourself please get in touch, send pics, give feedback. I’d love to hear from you.