Butterbeer! Ever since I read “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, I’ve always wondered what the most famous magical beverage might taste like…sweet, warming, malty and comforting. J.K. Rowling has an incredible talent for describing everything food-related, from magical snacks and peculiar drinks to the most wonderful feasts in the Great Hall. However, butterbeer was definitely the one thing I’ve always wanted to try myself.
So, guess what I found on Amazon while browsing for something to qualify for free shipping? “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook” by Dinah Bucholz! And yes, I fell into their marketing trap and ordered it. And OF COURSE the first recipe I had to try was…butterbeer! So Julius and I dived back into the magical world of Harry Potter last weekend and brewed up some butterbeer while listening to the Philosopher’s Stone soundtrack. Let’s take a look at Dina Bucholz’ interpretation of butterbeer!
What you need (makes 2 cups)
- 360 ml (1.5 cups) non-alcoholic beer
- 1-2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the beer, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Temper the egg yolks and add them to the mixture while stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer and remove the saucepan from the heat before it starts to boil.
- Add the butter and vanilla extract and stir until the butter is completely dissolved.
- Pour your butterbeer through a sieve into two cups.
Although we both absolutely loved the taste of our butterbeer, it was far too sweet for our taste. We definitely want to try it again, using less sugar and perhaps adding a dash of ground cloves or other spices. Have you ever tried making butterbeer?
Thanks for reading 🙂
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