I know this might sound funny…but I just read a post about Harry Potter on a friend’s blog and it reminded me of my childhood and all the great times I had while reading those books and the excitement while sitting in my chair at the cinema waiting for the newest movie to begin 🙂
One of my highlights in the books always was the famous butterbeer Harry and his classmates drank at the “Three Broomsticks” tavern. Since I read the books I always imagined what it might taste like and I wanted to try that curious beverage… Today I found an easy and very basic recipe of butterbeer! I didn’t try to make it yet (maybe anyone of you has already tasted something similar and can give us a feedback? 🙂 ) but I’m sure I will! I think it would be great now for the holidays: sitting in your living room beside the chimney and the christmas tree, watching “Love actually” or “The Holiday” (btw I absolutely love Jude Law in that movie) or simply a Harry Potter movie and drinking a pint of butterbeer! 🙂
So here comes the recipe (4 – 6 servings)!
The site I found it on said that this simple recipe might date back centuries:
What you’ll need:
- 1 pint real vanilla ice cream (use a brand that includes vanilla seed specks for best flavor or make your own)
- 1/4 cup real butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon butterscotch extract
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 quart apple cider
- Apple slices for garnish, optional
How to proceed:
- On medium speed, beat together vanilla ice cream, butter, butterscotch extract, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well-combined.
- Pour into a container and re-freeze.
- When ready to serve, gently heat apple cider in a saucepan until steaming hot.
- Place 1 scoop of ice cream in a thick soda glass or large mug. Top with steaming apple cider. Garnish with apple slices, if desired.
Because author J. K. Rowling did not provide a recipe for butterbeer in her books this version is pure speculation… I think if I tried it I would wait until the scoop of ice cream would have melted before drinking the beverage, because in my imagination Harry and his friends wouldn’t have an ice cream like drink 🙂