Thursday, 30 August 2012

homemade butterbeer

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i went to the wizarding world of harry potter for the first time this year. it was truly amazing, and of course, i had to try the butterbeer. to be quite honest with you: i didn't like it. it was very sweet and not at all what i expected, but since being at home, i've actually been craving butterbeer quite a lot. i was over the moon when i found this recipe for butterbeer on the bloggersphere, and, seeing as it took me a while to figure out how much half a cup was, i'm going to convert the american measurements to good ol' english ones here for you guys. 

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you will need:

  • 200g of brown sugar - i used demerara sugar because i couldn't find any brown sugar, which is why the butterbeer came out slightly white. brown sugar will give it more of an authentic caramel colour. 
  • 4 tablespoons of butter.
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt.
  • 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar - i didn't even know there was such a thing haha! i found this for around 80p in asda.
  • 180ml of double cream.
  • roughly 1 litre of cream soda - you can buy 2 litre bottle's from asda for under a £1 and i used about half of one.

the first thing you'll need to do is make brown sugar syrup, which will be used in all aspects of the butterbeer. to do this, mix the brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of water in a small pan. bring to a gentle boil and then take off the heart after roughly one minute. then add the butter, salt, vinegar, and 60ml of the double cream, and stir until smooth. you'll then need to let that cool to room temperature.

once the brown sugar syrup has cooled, pour 60ml of it and 60ml of the cream soda into each glass (this recipe serves 4) and mix. then fill up each glass using the remaining cream soda.

to make the cream topping simply beat together the remaining cream (120ml) with 2 tablespoons (or whatever is left) of the brown sugar syrup, and place on top!

to be quite honest with you, it is still not my cup of tea. it tastes exactly the same as it does at wizarding world though, which made me feel like i was back there in hogsmeade, which was lovely. i'd definitely give this a try if i were you, it's very unique - it's really not something you could get anywhere else! x

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