Harry Potter canapés exist and they are everything

Halloween just got a lot better…

From the editors of Good To Know

Looking for an easy Halloween canapé? Then try these Harry Potter broomsticks – a twist on the traditional cheese straw. They are a great Halloween treat and perfect for a seasonal party, especially as a healthier option to a butterbeer doughnut.

If you have any leftovers (although we doubt you will) then we also love serving these witches broomsticks with winter vegetable soups, like croutons but tastier!

175g (6oz) plain flour
90g (3oz) butter, chilled and cubed
90g (3oz) double Gloucester cheese, grated
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp Marmite
1 tbsp poppy seeds
You will also need:
2 baking sheets, lined with baking parchment

Put the flour and butter into a food processor. Put the lid on and whizz for about 20 seconds, until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the cheese and milk and whizz again for about 30 seconds, until it forms a ball. Tip out, wrap in cling film and pop in the freezer for 15 mins to chill.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Put the dough between 2 sheets of non-stick Teflon or 2 sheets of baking parchment. Use a rolling pin, flatten the dough and then roll out to a rectangle, about 1cm (½in) thick. Cut 18 stick shapes from the pastry, each about 10cm (4in) long and 5mm (¼in) wide. Using a palette knife, gently ease them on to a baking tray. Make about half a dozen cuts to form the ‘brush’ of each broomstick.

Mix the Marmite with 1 tsp hot water and brush over the brooms to glaze, sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake for 10 mins or until crisp and golden brown. Serve warm with soup or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Now you just need some pumpkin pasties and a couple of butter beers and you’ve practically got a Harry Potter feast fit for the Grand Hall.

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