Butterbeer Kits

I was on a bit of a Homemade Christmas drive this year but coming up with a homemade gift for the children I buy for challenged me for a while.  I did general hampers for most adults, Bloody Mary Kits for some and thanks to Ms Marmite Lover’s fabulous book, Supper Club I put together some Butterbeer Kits for too-young-for-ordinary-hamper adults.

Sarah from The Book Barge gave me Kerstin’s book back in September in exchange for lending her the Captain and eighteen-year-old, some cake and a bottle of rhubarb vodka.  I rather think I got the better deal.

Kerstin includes a recipe for butterbeer, available on her blog The English Can Eat, that is simply sublime.  I defy anyone not to like it.  Even those with an aversion to beer.  I tweaked it very very slightly and used the following:

Butterbeer

serves 2

500ml Homebrew – simply because we have plenty available.

2 cloves

5 whole allspice

60g brown sugar

1 egg yolk, whisked

50g unsalted butter

60ml butterscotch schnapps – made in the dishwasher using Kerstin’s method, lot’s of fun!  See recipe below.

Pour homebrew into a pan with spices and sugar.  Stir over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.  Remove pan from heat and whisk egg yolk into the mixture.  Add the butter and stir until the surface becomes frothy.  Stir in butterscotch schnapps and serve immediately, straining out the spices as you pour into glasses.

Butterscotch Schnapps

1 x 700ml cheapest vodka

3 Daim bars, cut into slices.

Gaffer tape

Dishwasher

Open vodka, remove about a double measure and set aside.  Post the daim bar slices into the bottle then top up with the reserved vodka until the bottle is full.  Drink the remainder or put to some other use.  Seal tightly with screw top lid and then further seal with thorough application of gaffer tape.  Place bottle in the top drawer of dishwasher and run for a couple of short cycles until all the daim bar slices have melted.  It is now ready for drinking.  The contents will settle and will therefore need shaking to combine prior to use.  It will keep for a year and can be added to all manner of drinks :)

For my Butterbeer Kits for Adults, I included the following: 120mls Butterscotch Schnapps; 1litre Homebrew; all other ingredients for the recipe attractively presented (fI found some little organza bags for spices and wrapped the butter in greaseproof paper tied up with ribbon); 1 mug; 1 postcard made from this image

and finally the recipe written out to follow.

For the children, I ended up adapting the recipe and creating a non-alcoholic version.  Personally, I much prefer the one with alcohol, but so far the this one has gone down a storm.  Again, I included a mug, postcard, recipe and this time a copy of whichever Harry Potter book had yet to be read, plus all the ingredients.

Butterbeer for Children

500ml ginger beer

2 cloves

5 allspice berries

60g brown sugar

1 egg yolk, whisked

50g unsalted butter

2 tbsp butterscotch syrup (I used Tate & Lyle)

1 tbsp chocolate syrup (again, Tate & Lyle)

Pour the ginger beer with the spices, sugar and syrups into the pan.  Stir over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved.  Add the butter stirring until melted.  Whisk the egg yolk into the ginger beer mix until a frothy head appears.  Pour into two mugs using a tea strainer to catch the spices.  Drink warm.

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