Sunday, January 31, 2016

Butter Beer and good old Harry Potter

We have been taken over by the wizarding world at the Wood house! Callie started reading the Harry Potter series at the beginning of the school year and she has just fallen in love with these books.

Last week we finished off the third book, The Prisoner of Azkaban, which is my favorite book! So we decided to celebrate this Saturday, by watching the movie and trying to make Butter Beer.

It is quite a process let me tell you!
You need
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tbsp of water
6 tbsp of butter
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup of heavy cream
2 liter of cream soda

First in a sauce pan mix the sugar and water together and heat up over medium.

Bring the mixture to a boil and let it get good and caramel-y. One recipe I found said to heat it to 240 using a candy thermometer, but I didn't have one so I just let it boil for about 3 minutes until it was smooth and not grainy.
Removed from heat and stir in the butter, salt, cider and 1/4 cup of the heavy cream until it is smooth. Next let the mixture cool back down to room temperature. This was the longest part, waiting.
After it has cooled down, whip 2 tbsp of the brown sugar mixture with the remaining heavy cream using egg beaters. The recipe suggested about 3 minutes of whipping, you want it creamy but not totally whipped cream texture, if that makes sense.
Finally the good part... Spoon the brown sugar mixture into a cup. We used Brien's beer mugs, a big scoop for both!

 Then, pour on the cream soda, we filled the glass about 3/4 full. Stir the mixture.
Last top off with the cream! 
So the verdict is...Butter Beer is weird. It's a little like a super sweet, warm, root beer float. Callie LOVED it, I thought it was okay and Brien was NOT a fan. So maybe not for everyone, but it was worth a try! 
And by the by, the book is SO much better than the movie!

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