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Butterbeer For Muggles

2women2cats: Homemade Butterbeer

I was looking for a more unusual winter drink when I found this recipe for a Harry Potter inspired butterbeer. I wanted to make it for Christmas Eve and the recipe seemed to suit well since, unlike the name suggests, there isn’t actually any beer in it. The recipe uses cream soda which I had never had before, so I first bought a bottle to try in case I didn’t like it. In the Finnish stores there aren’t many options for cream soda, so basically the only one I could find was Boylan‘s Creme Cane Sugar. It tasted really great and decided not to look for other brands.

2women2cats: Homemade Butterbeer

I changed the amounts around a bit because first I had made a bigger batch and in the end we had too much cream left over. Not a bad thing though. The maple buttercream is so delicious I think it would work well in a cake as well. Otherwise you can of course always drink another butterbeer but it is quite heavy and I didn’t manage to drink a second one on the same night, although I really much wanted to! This recipe is with the adjusted amounts, so you shouldn’t have any extra cream but of course it depends depends a bit on the type of glasses you’re using. Same for the cream soda. I used a bit less than a bottle per glass.

2women2cats: Homemade Butterbeer

Ingredients (around 4-6 servings)

400 ml heavy whipping cream
4 tbsp salted butter
4 + 2 tbsp maple syrup
sea salt

~ 1 bottle of cream soda per serving, chilled (I used Boylan’s cane sugar cream soda)
Whiskey (optional)

Chill you glasses in the freezer or outside if it’s cold enough and start making the maple butter.

Melt the butter and 4 tbsp of the maple syrup on medium heat on the stove and bring it to a simmer while constantly stirring. It will get thicker and smell like fudge. Set aside and whip the cream with a bit of salt and 2 tbsp of maple syrup until it is light and fluffy but not completely firm. You will still have to add the butter mixture, so don’t overbeat it! Add the maple butter slowly to the whipped cream and mix until everything is smooth and foamy.

Now you can take the glasses out of the freezer and add a little bit of the cream (~heaped tbsp) to the bottom of the glass and also some whiskey if you want. Fill it up slowly with cream soda. It will produce a lot of soda foam, so you should take it off. Top your drink with another spoon or two of buttercream and enjoy! If you have cream left over you can use it for desserts or another drink the next day. My cream went a bit runny the second day in the fridge but I could whip it up easily. Enjoy!

Stef

2women2cats: Homemade Butterbeer

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Salty Whiskey Caramels

Caramels, Fudge, Toffee…if it’s sweet and sticky, I will like it! I came across  this recipe on Pinterest and since I love a bit of salt in sweet things it got my attention. The caramels were easy to make and they will melt in your mouth, although it did take a while to reach the right temperature. I didn’t have corn syrup or heavy cream so I changed the recipe a bit but they turned out just fine.

Ingredients
5 tbsp butter
1 cup cream
1/4 cup whiskey
1/2 bottle vanilla aroma for baking
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup dark syrup (you can also use light syrup)
1/4 cup water
sea salt for the top

Line a casserole dish or baking tin with parchment paper. It’s more easy if you put the paper under running water, fold into a ball and then squeeze the water out.
Put the butter, cream, whiskey, vanilla and salt in a pot and bring everything to boil while stirring. Take it off the heat afterwards.

2women2cats: Salted Whiskey Caramels

Mix the syrup, sugar and water in a second pot and bring it to boil over medium heat. Don’t stir it. Let it boil a few minutes or if you use light syrup until the sugar turns golden. Take it off the heat and pour the cream/whiskey mixture into the sugar one. Make sure to stir carefully since it will bubble up! Put it back on medium heat and boil it until it reaches 120°C on a candy thermometer.

2women2cats: Salted Whiskey Caramels

The original recipe said it would take around 10 minutes but I boiled it for ages! So, don’t give up, it will take a while. The mixture will get thicker and thicker like candy. To make sure it’s done you can also take out a small amount with a spoon and drop it into really cold water. If it’s firm enough to form a little ball the caramel is done. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and let it cool down for 10 minutes.

2women2cats: Salted Whiskey Caramels

You can then sprinkle the caramels with a bit of salt. After cooling down completely you can cut them into pieces and eat them all at once! If they’re supposed to be a gift separate the pieces in a box or candy bag with little pieces of parchment paper and put them in the fridge until you give them away. Otherwise they will just melt together. Enjoy!

Stef

2women2cats: Salted Whiskey Caramels

2women2cats: Salted Whiskey Caramels