This is my second Harry Potter recipe! And just like the first time, it was not at all what I expected. In my French edition of the book, Dumbledore offers Professor McGonagall a lemon popsicle in this passage, an ice cream. When I first read the passage in English, I didn’t notice anything unusual. After all, it said ‘sherbet lemon’ and sherbet can be translated as sorbet, so it must have meant lemon ice cream, right? But then I realized that if it was a lemon sorbet, it would be written lemon sherbet and not sherbet lemon because in English the adjective comes before the common noun it describes (little lesson in English free ;)).

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I don’t know why they translated sherbet lemon as a type of ice cream in the French edition, but I felt a bit betrayed. For 18 years I had viewed this scene with the wrong treat in mind. When I discussed this with my sister, she wasn’t surprised at all, and she asked me how I could actually think Dumbledore could keep ice cream intact in his pocket. Well Dumbledore was in the middle of a discussion with someone who can turn into a cat, so the trick of the ice cream in the pocket never seemed too far-fetched to me.


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1 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup butter

Zest of 1 lemon

3 tbsp heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp lemon extract

2-3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

1/4 cup powdered sugar


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Place the white chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl and set them aside. n a small saucepan, melt the butter with the lemon zest. Stir in the heavy cream and scald (bring just before boiling) the mixture.

Pour the cream mixture through a fine-mesh sieve over the white chocolate chips. Add the lemon extract and optional food coloring, then stir until the mixture is smooth.

Cover and refrigerate the chocolate chip mixture until the mixture is firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes.

Scoop heaping teaspoonfuls of the chocolate chip mixture and form into balls. Roll the balls in the powdered sugar.

Refrigerate the truffles for at least 30 minutes before enjoying them.

That’s it, all you have to do is Enjoy !

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