Butterbeer Recipe

Leading up to the midnight showing of the final Harry Potter movie, I really wanted to have a Harry Potter party. It wasn’t in the cards, so instead I made some Harry Potter themed treats for Hubby and I to enjoy while watching Deathly Hallows Part I the other night.

There are quite a few recipes for butterbeer out there. But I wanted to make something that matches what butterbeer was in my mind while reading the books. To me, butterbeer is warm, buttery, and spiked with a bit of some spicy alcohol. The warm butterbeer is topped with a frothy whipped foam on top that leaves a mustache when you take a sip.

I set out to develop this recipe and Hubby and I agreed that this butterbeer was delicious and very fitting for Harry and his friends.

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Butterbeer

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the Butterbeer
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch salt
3 Tbsp toffee bits (you can use butterscotch chips here if you have those on hand)
1/3 cup spiced rum
1 cups boiling water

For the Foam
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar, or splenda for sugar free version
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon butter

Directions:

Prepare the butterbeer:
Using an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Stir in the toffee bits Transfer the mixture to a 4-cup (or larger) measuring cup. Add the rum and then the boiling water. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Pour through a sieve to remove any toffee bits that did not dissolve. Divide the buttered rum among 2 mugs.

Prepare the foam:
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, whip the heavy cream on medium high speed for 3-4 minutes until it starts to thicken. Add the sugar and continue whipping until very soft peaks begin to form, another 3-4 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and butter, then whip for another 30 seconds or so, until soft peaks form.

Spoon a generous portion of foam on top of each glass of butterbeer, mixing gently. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Food Network and Bakingdom

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17 Responses to “Rhubarb Rolls”

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    Ellie — May 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    How cool! These look delicious!

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    Molly Jean — May 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    This totally takes me back to childhood. We ALWAYS used fresh rhubarb from our backyard to make yummy breakfast treats!

    I think I will have to make these for my parents next time they visit. They will LOVE them!

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    Holly — May 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Those look amazing! I’m always on the lookout for new rhubarb recipes, the season for it is so short in Western Ma, that I tend to buy WAY too much and stick in the freezer..

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    thecookingnurse — May 21, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I have never had rhubarb before, but these look great!

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    Kerstin — May 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    They’re so pretty – I love family recipes!

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    Stephanie Wagner — May 21, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I never know what to do with Rhubard, but these looks awesome!

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    ttfn300 — May 22, 2009 at 12:35 am

    divine. i want one. right now. pretty please?? 🙂

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    Mermaid Sweets — May 22, 2009 at 3:32 am

    I love your recipes, lactose free and awesome, I will def. have to try this. Ps. we should team up and do something lactose free together in solidarity!

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    Jen — May 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks everyone – seriously if you have rhubarb hanging around. Make these. You won’t regret it.

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    alexandjess — May 22, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I’m a little lost. The ingredients list mentions 5 c. rhubarb (and you break it into 3 c. for the filling and 2 c. for the sauce) but I don’t see in the step-by-step instructions when/where/how the 2 c. of rhubarb are used. Please help!
    Thanks!

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    Jen — May 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    alexandjess – thanks for catching my mistake. I added the instructions about the sauce into the post, but you make the sauce by boiling 2 cups cut rhubarb, 1 cup sugar, 1 1/3 cups water. The rhubarb for the sauce can be cut in large chunks because it all falls apart anyways.

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    Nancy — May 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Your sisters made the rhubarb rolls and stuffed dates yesterday for our Memorial Day cookout. They were delicious!!!! Can’t wait to have another piece tonight for desert. I have a new recipe for potato salad that is delish….let me know if you want me to pass on.

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    natasha — June 12, 2009 at 3:35 am

    i made these tonight and they went awry for a series of reasons that were my fault and won’t go all into…. one thing i did though was use half rhubarb and half strawberries, which sounded delish but i didn’t cut the sugar enough and i think that also made things more watery. my question though, is whether by ‘shortening’ you specifically mean something like crisco or whether you just mean butter or margarine or anything like that. i used butter and didn’t see how i could get away with a little ‘stirring’ before rolling. i tried to cut it in with a pastry blender, but in the end maybe that was too much action for the dough as it seemed a little gummy after cooking….

    i’d appreciate any advice!

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    Jen — June 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    natasha – I use Crisco for the dough. I think that’s what my dad always uses as well. Hopefully that is what caused the gumminess. Sorry they didn’t turn out for you.

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    GS — August 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    My family has been making these for years. I have used butter or margarine to cut into the flour mixture for the dough and have never had a problem. I always roll my dough out into a rectangle and when I cut the rolls they NEVER look as neat as the ones you have pictured! I have added strawberries but only in the sauce. My mom liked to add red food coloring to make it look more rosy. We bake for 20 minutes before pouring on the sauce and then another 20 minutes. I have to make it every spring in honor of my mom.

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    dev — September 12, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    my grandma recipe calls thesr soringtime rollypoly, and can ad what ever frozen berries you have , frozen is the least messy

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    dev — September 12, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    sorry thats springtime rollypolly

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