Saturday, January 1, 2011

Butterbeer

Vegan Mom came up with the great idea to make New Year's Eve a Harry Potter Day for the kids. We played Potter-related games, watched The Goblet of Fire, and ate Potter-inspired food. The kids had a blast and so did I, though I have a lot more sympathy for the house elves now. When we solicited the kids for food ideas, butterbeer was at the top of the list. The Googles pointed me to a variety of recipes, all similar in that they mixed some kind of butterscotch flavour or syrup with soda (usually cream soda). The recipe posted on this blog looked the best to me, though perhaps is the most complicated. Of course, it needed the appropriate veganizations. Here is what I did:

INGREDIENTS
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 6 tablespoons Earth Balance margarine, cubed
- ½ teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1 can light coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon rum extract
- large bottle plain (i.e. not pink) cream soda (I used a 1.5 L of Fanta)

METHOD
1. Place brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture reads 240F on candy thermometer.
2. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Set aside to cool to room temperature. When cool, mix in rum extract.
3. To serve: pour 2-3tbsp of the butterscotch mixture into the bottom of a small glass. Add in some cream soda and mix well. Top up with more cream soda. Then, pour about 2 tbsp of coconut milk down the back of a spoon on top.

VERDICT: This stuff will put you in a sugar coma in 2 seconds flat. The link above suggested using club soda, so you could try that. It's not exactly the warming beverage the books describe, but it's not bad. I did not use all the butterscotch syrup, but that's OK--it will be awesome over ice cream.

I also made pretzels that are supposed the be shaped like the deathly hallows symbol. Each pretzel is 3oz, brushed with some margarine after baking (450 for 15 mins), and sprinkled with a little kosher salt.

19 comments:

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

Wow! How awesome and fun!

Kristi said...

That. Is. Awesome. The kids aren't into Potter yet, but my husband and I (admitted nerds) are. We'll have to remember this when they get older.

Kristi @
Veggie Converter

jb said...

I love that you did this for your kids (and of course I love Harry Potter stuff, too). I'm wondering about turning this into an adult beverage, by using real rum, some butterscotch syrup, and club soda? Yumm...
Happy New Year!

LeLa said...

Oh I love Harry Potter! And would love to try vegan butter bear!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

those pretzels look perfect.

I'm intrigued by your butterbeer.

Vegyogini said...

This is just extra evidence of what a cool dad you are! I've always wanted to try butterbeer, wondering exactly what it might be, and now I have a better idea. Thanks and happy new year!

Janet said...

This is the coolest party idea EVER. I'm going to see if Colin likes this idea for his 9th birthday party. Thanks man!

Brittany Boersma said...

Butterbeer...you are amazing! Happy new year!

Tender Branson said...

Just reading the ingredient list I fell into a sugar coma. Excellent idea for new years.

Matthew said...

This looks delicious! I just started my own vegan cooking blog! Feel free to check it out!

http://moreleaflessbeef.blogspot.com/

louzilla said...

The butterbeer looks amazing, what with the froth on top and all! I always LOVE to see vegan HP-themed food.

Wanna Be Vegan Mom said...

I'm dying over the Harry Potter food- I'm totally going to do this (just for me) when Part 2 of the Deathly Hallows Movie comes out! Love it!

Olivia said...

I was so excited to see this on my Reader a few days ago, and just got around to making it. I took your suggestion and used have natural creme soda, and half club soda. I also went ahead and used spiced rum instead of rum extract, and that definitely provided the warming feeling! Thanks so much for posting this!

dreaminitvegan said...

What a fun night with the kids! I'm sure any kid would love that butterbeer as well.

Biz said...

Sounds like you had a GREAT time and what a wonderful idea! That butterbeer recipe looks so yum, I may just have to try this out!

Beary Organics said...

I'm reading Harry Potter with my boys and I've been wondering what butter beer was, whether it (and some other regular foods and beverages in the story) was a magical world make believe thing, or a british thing. I see now that it is real. I am definitely going to have to make some of this for my boys. Thanks!

Jenn McCauley said...

We have a major Potter fan in our house... What a great idea Vegan Mom!

Lea said...

This looks really good but... I'm pretty sure Fanta is not Vegan at all. :/

The Whitefire said...

Actually I'm pretty sure Fanta is vegan, having read the ingredients on various other Fanta drinks I've bought up here.

But I digress: I'm curious, Mr. Vegan Dad, if you've heard of Buttered-Beer, the actual renaissance drink that was extremely popular? Not to be confused with the magical made-up version of Butterbeer.

http://historicalfoods.com/buttered-beer-recipe

I'm trying to figure out how to get the creaminess without the egg. I know that most of the flavour will come from the butter and the spices. Any suggestions?