If you’re like us here at the Fantastic Beasts Foundation, you’ve probably dreamed of riding the Hogwarts Express to Hogwarts and sampling some of the delicious food sold by the Trolley witch. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for our letter to Hogwarts to arrive (when is that darn thing going to get here?!), so for the time being we have come up with a recipe that will satisfy your Honeydukes-dreams while also utilizing ingredients that are kind to animals!
This recipe uses ingredients that have no animal products in them and are vegan, including the products that would ordinarily be made from milk. The reason why is because cows are abused and exploited on factory farms for their milk. Like humans, cows produce milk when they have babies. In order to keep milk flowing, farmers artificially inseminate cows every 6-9 months. Once the mother cows give birth, the babies are taken away—never to see their mothers again. If the baby is a girl, she will follow in her mom’s footsteps and be forced to give birth over and over. If the calf is a boy, he will be sold to the veal industry (which I think we can all agree is horrible). The mom is then hooked up to milking machines that suck her udders dry of the milk that would’ve been for her baby. For more info, click here.
Luckily, we have wonderful vegan milk-product alternatives that don’t contribute to this cruelty—from soy and almond, to hemp and coconut. You can get all of the delicious flavor of milk-based foods without the cruelty that comes with the dairy industry.
-1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour or gluten-free baking flour
-1 tablespoon granulated sugar
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-5 tablespoons cold vegan butter, cut into chunks (Try Earth Balance Vegan Butter)
-3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled and cut into chunks
-4-6 tablespoons ice water
-1 ½ cups canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling
-1/4 cup granulated sugar
-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 3-4 times to mix all of the ingredients together. Place the chunks of vegan butter and vegetable shortening on top of the flour mixture. Pulse about 15 times until the mixture looks like coarse yellow meal with no white powdery bits.
2. Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle 4 tablespoons of cold water over the mixture. Toss the mixture together with a spatula until it starts clumping together. If it’s too dry, add more water 1 tablespoon at a time (better too wet than too dry). Gather the dough into a ball and pat it down into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour.
3. Combine the pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the dough until it is 1/8 of an inch thick. Use a saucer or cutting tool to cut into 5-inch circles.
4. Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of pumpkin filling in the center of each circle of dough. Lightly moisten the edges with water, fold the dough over the filling, and crimp with a fork to seal the edges. Cut slits to make vents. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 30 minutes or until browned.
Makes about 7 pasties
Thanks to The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz for inspiring this recipe.
For our newest edition of Recipes from the Hogwarts Kitchen, we are going to share with you a super-simple, frothy-and-delicious recipe for everyone’s favorite beverage: butterbeer.
Like the last recipe, this one uses ingredients that have no animal products in them, from the cream soda to the butter. Did you know that most cream sodas are acidentally vegan? Only a couple brands aren’t, but you can easily check the labels to ensure there is no milk or honey.
Makes about 4-6 servings, depending on the size of your glasses.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 6 tablespoons vegan margarine (we recommend Earth Balance), cubed
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- one large bottle vegan cream soda or club soda, depending on how bad your sweet tooth is
- apple juice to taste
1. Combine the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir consistently until the mixture reads 240F on a candy thermometer, or until it reaches an amber-like (but still liquid) consistency.
2. Remove the saucepan from the stove and mix in the vegan butter and vinegar. Set aside to cool.
3. To serve: pour 2-3tbsp of the butterscotch mixture into the bottom of each glass. Add in 2 parts cream soda and 1 part (or less) apple juice, and mix well. This drink can be served either hot or cold, so chill the glasses in the refrigerator if you want it cold, or use mugs instead of glasses and heat them up in the microwave to serve it warm.
And voila! You have a drink that would make Madam Rosmerta go vegan!
Inspired by recipes from Vegan Dad and Yummy Plants.
3 years ago, we launched a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance called “The Fwooper Foundation” as a way for young witches and wizards to get active for animal rights. Fast forward to today, and we have evolved into a fully-fledged organization: “The Fantastic Beasts Foundation.” Here are some of the highlights of our journey.
The Fwooper Foundation was founded on January 9th, 2015 to “break the silencing charm” placed on animals by society. We spent the first part of the year spreading the word, attracting members, and sharing some of our favorite veganized Harry Potter recipes.
On September 1st of the same year, we launched our first campaign. We started the “Adopt a Pygmy Puff” campaign to encourage fans to adopt rescue animals instead of buying them from pet stores and breeders.
This campaign was brought to life a second time in 2016, and in total, we had over 1,000 fans take the pledge over the course of both campaigns.
We chose the anniversary of the day Dobby was freed, May 30th 2017, to announce that we would be moving forward as the Fantastic Beasts Foundation.
Then, this past summer, we launched our highly successful “Erumpent Rescue” campaign to help save endangered Rhinos in South Africa with the help of Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan) and MinaLima. When all was said and done, over 450 howlers were sent to the environment minister of South Africa through our partner Action for Rhinos, and over $700 was raised to be donated to the great work of Saving the Survivors.
And now, we are looking to the future. We have so many great announcements and campaigns to come this year, so we hope you will continue to follow us and do all you can to help the magical creatures of our world.
As members and supporters of the FBF, we know that you, like us, want to do everything possible to alleviate animal suffering. That’s why we are hoping that this year on Thanksgiving, you will join us in celebrating Thanksliving instead.
Part of celebrating Thanksliving is the conscious decision to lessen the suffering of animals that are forced to become an edible part of Thanksgiving celebrations. AKA, a lot of animals are killed or abused to make the traditional Thanksgiving meal, from turkeys that become the main course, to chickens and cows that suffer on factory farms in order for people to use their eggs and milk in side dishes.
Instead of participating in this pageant of cruelty, we can eat animal-free this holiday instead!
If you aren’t up for making the main dish, brands like Tofurky and Gardein offer holiday loaves, faux turkeys, and more. But, you can also get your hands dirty and try making some casseroles or stews that are vegan but aren’t meant to replace turkey. There are TONS of delicious recipes floating around on the internet. Plus, many popular side dishes are easily made without animal products: green beans, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, just to name a few. You can even make creamed spinach with a milk alternative or a sweet potato bake with vegan marshmallows.
Adopt a Turkey
One of the best parts about Thanksliving is getting to do something worthwhile for others. Many volunteers like to serve dinner at soup kitchens, but we like to do something for the poor birds who have been abused and brought up solely so people can kill and eat them during the holidays. One thing that can make your Thanksliving extra special this year is to find a sanctuary that houses rescued turkeys and donate to that sanctuary in the name of one of their birds. Your newly “adopted” friend will be so grateful that you did!
After launching the Erumpent Rescue campaign a month ago, we have been floored by your response to the plight of erumpents and rhinos!
These tasty and animal-friendly treats are a perfect way to celebrate helping erumpents!
Like us here at The Fantastic Beasts Foundation, did you watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and find yourself drooling over the delicacies in Jacob Kowalski’s bakery at the end of the movie? Well you are in luck, because he has been a dear and sent over one of his secret recipes just for us to share with our members! In honor of the magnificent erumpent and our campaign to save them, the recipe he has shared with us is for his famous Erumpent-shaped croissant. And of course, because Jacob is such a friend to fantastic beasts both magical and muggle, his recipe is fully vegan!
Five Rhino Rescues and Sanctuaries Newt Scamander would be proud of
How to cast a shield charm over the animals affected by these hurricanes
In the wake of the devastating hurricanes that have hit the southern United States, Mexico, and Caribbean countries in the past month or so, many wild and domestic animals have suffered neglect, trauma, and displacement as a direct result of both the weather and of human ignorance (many people illegally left their pets behind when they evacuated). To help these animals, we’d like to share a few of the many shelters, rescue organizations, and sanctuaries that could use our help.
Use these eleven dance moves the next time you need to lure an erumpent into your suitcase.
Thanks to archive footage of the great magizoologist Newt Scamander, we here at the Fantastic Beasts Foundation have learned how to do the Erumpent mating dance. Here’s how!
In honor of our Erumpent Rescue campaign, we want to introduce you to the magical creatures that the campaign is all for.
Our magical creature in the Wizarding World is the Erumpent. The erumpent is a “medium-sized” beast with a thick, rope-like tail, grey skin, and a sharp horn on its nose. It is prized among some witches and wizards for the magical properties of its tail and horn, so unfortunately erumpents are hunted and killed legally. In the muggle world, the erumpent finds its counterpart in the rhinoceros, a being which similarly is grey-skinned and has one or two horns, but which differs in size and is in fact illegal to kill and trade parts of.