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Lightning Bolt Toast | My Harry Potter Kitchen II (Recipe #3)

Welcome back to another entry in My Harry Potter Kitchen!

Hungry for more food from the Wizarding World? You've come to the right place!

My Harry Potter Kitchen is the YouTube series where I'm on a food adventure through the Harry Potter series creating magical recipes every time an item of food or drink is mentioned. You can find brand new episodes on my YouTube channel every Magic Monday so be sure to subscribe on YouTube to be the first to see each recipe!

This week we're creating another kitchen staple with a magical Harry Potter twist!

Our food adventure continues in Chapter One of the Chamber of Secrets - 'The Worst Birthday':

"Harry went back to his toast"

Simple yet filling, people all over the world start their days with a classic piece of toast - and that includes witches and wizards too! As easy as it would have been to just pop some bread into a toaster, that didn't quite seem magical enough for My Harry Potter Kitchen so this week we're creating our own homemade Lightning Bolt Toast!

For this week's recipe, we're going to make a really easy homemade bread recipe that you can replicate no matter how experienced you are in the kitchen.

Baking a normal loaf of bread and cutting out the lightning bolt was out of the question (even in the Wizarding World, we're against food waste) so the tricky part was going to be how we can shape the bread so it bakes into our signature lightning bolt shape.

This took a couple of attempts to perfect but with some trusty cardboard, foil and glue I'll show you how you can bake a light and fluffy loaf that rises into a lightning bolt every time!

Once you've mastered making the loaf of bread then turning it into toast is easy - slice your fresh bread, pop it into a toaster or under the grill, add your favourite toppings and enjoy your magical treat!

Want to try making your own Harry Potter Lightning Bolt Toast? Follow the step by step recipe below to help make his birthday wish come true!

Lightning Bolt Toast | Harry Potter Bread Ingredients

(makes 1 large loaf - approximately 12 thick slices)


for the lightning bolt bread

  • 500g strong white bread flour

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1 (7g) packet fast-action dried yeast

  • 350ml warm water

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

for the DIY lightning bolt mould

  • strips of cardboard

  • super glue

  • kitchen foil

  • olive oil

to serve

  • toast toppings of your choice


  1. For the white bread dough, place your flour into a bowl and then make a well in the middle. Sprinkle the yeast and salt onto opposite sides of the bowl (Wizard Tip! This prevents the salt and yeast from reacting together too soon)

  2. Pour the lukewarm water and oil into the middle of the well and bring the mixture together into a dough ball. Continue kneading for 5 minutes (if using a stand mixer with a dough hook) or 10 minutes (by hand). It should be nice and smooth while springy to the touch

  3. Lightly grease a bowl with some more oil and then place the ball of dough in. Cover with cling film and then place in a cool warm place to rise for an hour until it's doubled in size

  4. Measure your baking ting with some baking paper and draw on your lightning bolt shape. Then using strips of cardboard, measure around the stencil, fold into the 'void' areas that you don't want your loaf to bake into, and stick these to two supporting sides of your baking tin. (Wizard tip! Check out the YouTube video for a clearer view of this step in action)

  5. Wrap the cardboard in cling film and tightly as possible and then brush well with oil before placing into your baking tin

  6. Once the bread dough has doubled in size knock back the air slightly by kneading for another minute. Cut out ⅓ of the dough, roll into a sausage the length of your baking tin and press down into the bottom of the mould. Cut ⅔ of what is left and place into the centre of the baking tin. Then use the remainder to finish along the top. Press the dough together well to ensure each of the pieces bakes together. Cover with cling film and leave to rise for another hour

  7. Once the dough has had its second rise and is peaking from the top of the tin, brush the top with some melted butter (optional!) and bake in the oven at 180c (350F) for 35-40 minutes until golden.

  8. Allow the loaf to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before removing. Carefully peel away your cardboard supports before placing on a chopping board. Slide to your desired thickness and toast before serving with your favourite toppings

This Harry Potter bread will last 3-4 days in an airtight container so you can slice away and enjoy a magical start to your day in the Wizarding World. Better yet, slice it while it's fresh and then freeze it and you can toast from frozen whenever you need!

If you're planning on recreating this Lightning Bolt Toast recipe I'd love to know what flavour of bread you'd enjoy! Once your toast has popped, take a picture and share it on Instagram using #MyHarryPotterKitchen - you can follow and tag me too!

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