a gryffindork bakes…

19 Oct

Today is October 19th. For those of you who are “in the know”, November 19th marks the opening night in the US for part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. One month to go!

So excited!

To mark the occasion, I will be posting some HP inspired treats from the book series. I may end up creating some of the goods eaten by our fearless trio in the books, but many of the ideas I have are spin-offs from the saga. Like this one, the name of which was created by my HP-lovin’ littlest brother, Alec.

I apologize for the unprecedented geekiness herein. No, actually, I don’t apologize. Gryffindor, FTW!

The Sorcerer’s Scone

These spiced gingerbread scones, speckled with blood-red Sorcerer’s Stone like cranberries, are the perfect treat to boost your energy before a night time prowl around Hogwarts in your invisibility cloak. Or, you know, a nice pick-me-up with a cup of tea while you read HP and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the 8th time in your sweats. The colors almost mirror the gold and scarlet colors of the Gryffindor house. Coincidence?

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teas. powdered ginger
1 teas. cinnamon
1 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/4 teas. salt
1/4 cup cold margarine
1/3 cup + 1 teas. milk of choice
1 tbsp. + 1 teas. molasses
1/2 teas. vanilla
1/4 teas. mild vinegar
1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries or 1/3 cup dried cranberries
coarse sugar

Preheat oven to 400. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl or the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the margarine in chunks and blend in until the mixture resembles a coarse sand. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, molasses and vinegar and whisk to blend. Add the vinegar and let sit for a minute before adding to the dry mixture. Mix the dough with a firm spatula or get your (clean) hands dirty and mix a uniform dough begins to come together. Gently mix in the cranberries.

Shape dough into a 9- 10 inch disc on the prepared cookie sheet. Top with a sprinkle of the coarse sugar. Score the scones into 8 wedges but do not separate.

Bake for 18-21 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Let cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes before separating with a knife.

Anyone else HP-geeking? ๐Ÿ™‚


14 Responses to “a gryffindork bakes…”

  1. FoodFeud October 19, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    Ummmm amazing! I can’t wait to see the other Harry Potter-themed goods! The date for the movie coming out has been written in my appointment book all year!
    Also I love gingerbread, and these sound great. Clever title too!

    • Kris October 20, 2010 at 11:50 am #

      We have this awesome theater near us and they have what they call Living Room theaters… 21+, only seats 70 in giant, overstuffed seats and ottomans, servers bring you food, etc. It only costs $2 more per ticket! They just wrote on FB that their midnight tickets are up and there are still some for sale… I’m really tempted, but know I can’t get the next day off of work, and would probably be very remorseful after a 3 hour movie. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. Kelly October 19, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    You had me at Gryffindork! I LOVE this little series; it makes my HP-lovin’ self very happy! Actually, I was planning on working book/movie/art-inspired foods into my themed posts for MoFo, so I might just make these to enjoy while sipping my first attempt at Pumpkin Juice. Yay Potterheads!

    • Kris October 20, 2010 at 11:48 am #

      Yay! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  3. Leigh October 19, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    The Sorcererโ€™s Scone. You are too funny!

    • Kris October 20, 2010 at 11:47 am #

      Google translate: funny = nerdy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Amanda Nobile October 19, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    YUMMEEEE! I love gingerbread and scones! And cleverly titled ones at that! Thanks so much for the recipe and wit!

    I made your Best Banana Bread from 100 Best Vegan and it really is! Thanks!

    • Kris October 20, 2010 at 11:47 am #

      Thanks for the love, Amanda! Banana Bread will always be one of my favorite things.

  5. Courtney October 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Love it! I am re-reading the book now so that I will be up to speed when the movie comes out and not forget a single thing…geek alert, lol. Can’t wait!


    • Kris October 20, 2010 at 11:46 am #

      I can out-geek that, this weekend I’m going to start with book 1 and work my way through 7, if I can, before the movie. You have to keep it fresh!

  6. Josiane October 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    HP fan or not (I tend to be on the “not” side), these scones sound extraordinarily delicious!

    • Kris October 20, 2010 at 11:46 am #

      Not an HP fan?! Don’t worry, I still love you, Josiane. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Southern Elle October 20, 2010 at 3:50 am #

    Yum – made ginger scones the other day and they were great. Gingerbread scones take it one step further to deliciousness!

    • Kris October 20, 2010 at 11:45 am #

      Isn’t ginger just perfect this time of year?

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