Luna Lovegood is by far my favorite Harry Potter character. Those weird glasses she wears that lets her see things, her cravings for pudding, just her all around weirdness I enjoy. She is by far the best Harry Potter character. I don’t care what you say. Also, yes, I watch Harry Potter. No, I’m not ashamed. They are good movies, reeeeaaaaally good movies.
Its a bit of a love affair situation I have going on. I got hooked on these movies and watch them over and over. I think its because they are so visually intense and inspiring. Each time I watch them I find something new, something I didn’t see before that sparks excitement and a creative mojo that can only be described as epic. Sometimes its color combinations, sometimes its compositions. It doesn’t matter really, what matters is that I (and probably many others) are creatively inspired.
Ok, maybe the story line in the movies isn’t the most amazing, and there are other things I could point out as well. But all that doesn’t matter to me. Its the costumes, the fracking ah-mazing set design, the hair and make up, that is what I love, that is why I keep coming back for more. ANYWAY. Luna loves pudding and so do I. So here is a Luna Lovegood inspired recipe for you.
Luna Lovegood Pudding
Makes 1 8inch trifle
10 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
5 cups low fat milk
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons butter
1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups strawberries, diced
2 cups blueberries, diced
1 store bought pound cake, cubed into ½ inch pieces
professional grade pink food coloring
1. Place sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk into a small saucepan, whisk and bring to a simmer.
2. Stir until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
3. Whisk a small amount of the milk mixture into the beaten yolks and whisk the mixture back into the hot milk mixture.
4. Whisk until the pudding is just thick enough to sit onto top of itself.
5. Stir in the butter and vanilla until fully combined.
6. Push the pudding through a fine sieve strainer and set aside to cool.
7. While the pudding cools, place the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
8. Pour the pudding into a bowl and stir the strawberries and a few drops of pink food coloring.
9. Stir together until fully combined.
10. Pour the strawberry pudding mixture into the bottom of the trifle dish and level off until smooth.
11. Next, layer ½ the cubed pound cake over the pudding and top with ½ of whipped cream.
12. Pour more of the pudding over the whipped cream and top with remaining pound cake and whipped cream.
13. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
14. Finish with edible glitter, if desired and serve.