Tuesday, July 12, 2011

In the Spirit of the last Harry Potter... Butterbeer and Pumpkin Pasties

I know it is a bit out of season for a pumpkin dessert and hot drinks, but I thought it would be fun to let my inner geek out in spirit of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  Before heading off to the premier, prepare this festive dessert and pre-movie cocktail to get in the mood.

Today I am experimenting with pumpkin pasties (which are served throughout the series) and butterbeer (adult-style).  When asked what Butterbeer tastes like, JK Rowling reported to Bon Appetit magazine that she made it up and imagines that it tastes like a "much less sickly version of butterscotch".  As I researched into the history of butterbeer, it seems as though it was a real drink in the tudor time period; containing beer, butter, sugar, eggs, nutmeg and cloves.  Very different from what Rowling herself imagined, and this recipe sounds much more delicious!  The new Harry Potter park at Universal serves a non-alcoholic version of this sweet, cold drink, but in the books the drink seemed to have its tasters a bit tipsy, so I went for a alcoholic version.

Many of the recipes online call for butter, sugar, heavy cream, and cream soda, but I couldn't imagine trying to promote such an unhealthy drink, so I am going to attempt for a drink a bit lighter, but just as flavorful.  In the movies Butterbeer is served hot, so I made a hot version for tradition and a cold one for the summer months.

"Lighter" Hot Butterbeer Recipe
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 liter Diet Cream Soda
1 Tablespoon Splenda brown sugar
1 Tbsp light Smart Balance or margarine.
1/2 cup skim milk
3/4 cup Butterscotch Schnapps
Cinnamon
Light Whipped Cream

Directions:
Heat cream soda, margarine, and brown sugar over medium heat.  After the mixture simmers, add skim milk, cinnamon, and Butterscotch Schnapps and take off of heat.  Pour into a mug, top with whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon.  Enjoy your hot drink!

Nutrition facts: ~115 calories


Cold Butterbeer
1 drink

Ingredients:
1 shot of Butterscotch Schnapps
8 oz of diet cream soda

Directions: Serve over ice and shake well.

Nutrition Facts: ~75 calories

Butterbeer Review:  The hot version of this drink was delicious and everyone was commenting on how much they enjoyed it... It was sweet, creamy, rich... everything you would expect from a delicious Harry Potter drink!  The cold butterbeer, in comparison to the hot version, was nothing out of the ordinary.  It tastes very similar to a cream soda, just a bit sweeter.  Next time I would make this a butterbeer float by adding a scoop of ice cream!

Pumpkin Pastie Recipe to come tomorrow...  Tune in for more Harry Potter treats then.

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