23 October 2013

Harry Potter Cheat: Butterbeer Recipes (Simple & From Scratch)

The most iconic drink throughout the books and movies has to be Butterbeer. Drunk as refreshment, comfort and during the initial Dumbledore's Army set up session, it's as essential as round glasses, wands and familiars. 
 
 
 
Butterbeer may be based on Buttered Beer, which was a real drink. The earliest reference to Buttered Beer is from, 'The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin' published in London in 1588 A.D., made from beer, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cloves and butter back in Tudor times. Another old recipe for Buttered Beer, published by Robert May in 1664 A.D., from his recipe book, 'The Accomplisht Cook' calls for liquorish root and aniseeds to be added. (Thank you Harry Potter Wiki). 

Now, down to the nitty gritty. One could say that having tried it in America at Universal Studios and at the Warner Brother Studios in the UK, that Mr Kiwi and I could almost be considered a connoisseur of the butterbeer beverage variety. Sadly in the muggle world you can only get it by training to Watford or flying to Florida. Any excuse, right? 

Butterbeer is a popular wizarding beverage with a very slight alcohol content and a taste “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.”
 
Quite honestly it's sweet and delicious. Quite similar to an unexploded spider or 'soda float' you get the crisp butterscotch soda on the bottom with the creamy slightly vanilla head on top. Delicioso.
 
You can make making this as difficult or as simple as you have time for.
 
Butterbeer - the simply delicious 'recipe'
 
 
Ingredients
Creaming Soda (*if you can't get creaming soda, see the below recipe) 
Butterscotch Sauce (normally for Ice Cream)
Cream
Vanilla
Icing Sugar
 
Directions
  • Fill your vessel with soda to around 2cms from the top.
  • Stir through about a teaspoon of butterscotch sauce for every 150ml or so, to taste. Stir to combine but don't overstir as you'll lose your bubbles.
  • In a separate mug beat the cream, a touch of sugar and and vanilla essence (I liked the ratio of about 100ml:0.5tsp:2 drops) just long enough to get air in the cream. Don't let it thicken too much or it'll whip. If it does begin to thicken too quickly, pause in your beating & let it relax a little before continuing.
  • Now, the magic. Get a metal tablespoon, flip it upside down and lean the handle against the glass and the tip just on the top of the soda and against the glass. Closely and slowly pour the cream. Et voila, you have floated your first Butterbeer. No flights to America strictly necessary.
  • Enjoy it shortly after pouring.
Butterbeer - the more hands on approach
 
 
 
Ingredients
Butterscotch Sauce (scaled down from FoodPreserving)
Vanilla Simple Syrup - 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, 1 vanilla bean
Cream
Vanilla
Icing Sugar

Directions
  • Make Butterscotch Sauce (sorry, cop-out but it's not my recipe!) and let it cool
  • Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Split the vanilla beans lengthwise into halves and place in a heatproof jar or bottle.
  • Pour the hot syrup over the vanilla beans, cover, and let stand for 8 to 10 hours.
  • Fill your vessel with soda to around 2cms from the top.
  • Stir through about a teaspoon of butterscotch sauce & a teaspoon of vanilla simple syrup for every 150ml or so, to taste. Stir to combine but don't overstir as you'll lose your bubbles.
  • In a separate mug beat the cream, a touch of sugar and and vanilla essence (I liked the ratio of about 100ml:0.5tsp:2 drops) just long enough to get air in the cream. Don't let it thicken too much or it'll whip. If it does begin to thicken too quickly, pause in your beating & let it relax a little before continuing.
  • Now, the magic. Get a metal tablespoon, flip it upside down and lean the handle against the glass and the tip just on the top of the soda and against the glass. Closely and slowly pour the cream. Et voila, you have floated your first Butterbeer. No trains and coaches to Watford nessecary!
  • Enjoy it shortly after pouring.
 
 

6 comments :

  1. On yum. It really did taste like a South African drink we have conveniently called Creme Soda so I think I'll buy one and make some butter beer this weekend.

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  2. So much effort! haha. I am def going to try some when I go to the studios though.

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  3. This whole post makes me so happy. I am going to try and make butter beer! Yum! Thanks :)

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