Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Dobby: Butterbeer Rice Krispy Treats

by Darla

Butterbeer Rice Krispy Treats | ©BakingdomAs you probably know, I was at LeakyCon this weekend. I’m not gonna lie…being surrounded by thousands (yes, thousands) of other Harry potter mega-fans  was pretty exciting. And distracting.

For example, did you know that Dobby the House Elf’s birthday was this past Friday (June 28)?

It was, and it was perfect timing to fall during LeakyCon, too. So I made him a cake.

Happy Birthday Dobby Cake | ©BakingdomHappiest birthday to dear, dear Dobby.

I didn’t get a chance to post the cake last week, because, seriously…busy. I didn’t want to wait too long to share with you guys, though, because this recipe was effing delicious.

There’s no other way to phrase it.

These treats are incredible as-is. I’m not even joking when I say they’re effing delicious…they are. If, however, you want to make them even more incredible, then you need to add butterbeer frosting, as well. I started with my browned butter frosting from these cookies, then added some butterbeer syrup (keep reading for more info). It. Was. Amazing.

Fondant Dobby Sock | ©BakingdomI’ll get to the recipes themselves in a mo, but first, LOOKIT the witto bebe sock I made out of fondant just for Dobby. <3

I don’t think Dobby would be happy with a crazy elaborate cake, but he’d be thrilled with any kind of sock, so it was a no-brainer.

Dobby - A Free Elf | ©BakingdomI also wanted to honor Dobby as the free elf he became. It was one of his happiest moments, when he was freed (and the reason for his obsession with socks…seeing as how it was a sock that freed him). I added a simple, rustic banner, simply inscribed with ‘a free elf’ to the cake. I think we all know what this represents, and it always brings a tear to my eye to think about it.

Butterscotch Soda | ©BakingdomThe flavor of the treats for Dobby’s cake is butterbeer. Or, I guess you could say it’s butterscotch.

In the books, butterbeer actually gets house elves quite drunk, so obviously, I had to cook the alcohol out (there’s not really any alcohol in The Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer). ;)

I decided to create a butterbeer syrup, using the soda. I simply simmered 1 cup of soda over medium high heat until it had reduced to a syrup. I ended up with 1/2 cup of syrup when all was said and done.

If you don’t have access to butterbeer soda, you can substitute butterscotch syrup (such as ice cream topping). You can also use my original Butterbeer recipe.

Butterscotch Rice Krispy Treats | ©BakingdomIn addition to adding butterbeer syrup to the treats, I also used browned butter to add more of a caramel flavor to them. You can skip this step, if you like, but I truly loved the flavor it added, and it’s only a couple extra minutes of cooking. I also added butterscotch chips to up the butterscothiness. Don’t skip this step. I mean it. Too good to be missed.

This is an excellent dessert for the coming holiday, as it’s fast and easy, and a new take on a classic treat.

Enjoy!

Butterbeer Crispy Treats {Printable Version}
with Butterbeer Frosting {Printable Version}
Makes 1 9×13-inch pan, 2 8-inch rounds, or 3 6-inch round layers

Ingredients

FOR THE TREATS
6 cups rice crispy cereal
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, browned (if desired)
10 ounces marshmallows
1/4 cup butterbeer syrup (or butterscotch syrup, such as ice cream topping, or my original butterbeer)

FOR THE FROSTING (Optional)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, browned
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons butterbeer syrup (or butterscotch syrup, such as ice cream topping)
pinch of salt

To make the treats: Lightly coat cake pan(s) of desired size in cooking spray or melted butter; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the cereal and butterscotch chips; set aside.

Combine the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Stir constantly until the marshmallows are completely melted. Stir in the cereal mixture until it is evenly coated with the melted marshmallows. Once combined, press the mixture into the prepared pan(s). Allow to cool completely before frosting or serving.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter on medium high speed for about 30 seconds. Add the sugar, about 1/2 of a cup at a time, and beat on medium speed until combined. The mixture may be quite dry. Stir in the salt, and syrup until combined. If the frosting is too dry, add a little cream until desired consistency is reached. If it’s too runny, beat in more sugar, as needed. Mix on medium high speed for 5 minutes, until fluffy and very light in color.

Recipes by Darla

Gooey Butterbeer Butterscotch Rice Krispy Treats | ©Bakingdom

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers July 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I FREAKING LOVE THIS.

That widdo sock!! <3

I'm sure they are amazing, you know how much I love that Butterbeer! SO close to the park.

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2 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life July 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I LOVE this idea!! Too cute!
I’m sure Dobby would have been more than pleased with this cake. :-)
And LeakyCon sounds like my kind of get-together! It’s on my bucket list.

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3 Becca from Cookie Jar Treats July 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Oh m god, oh my god! I can’t wait to make this! I want to so badly. :D My cousin and I have already started making plans to go to Harry Potter World for spring break this year. I’m so excited!

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4 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 2, 2013 at 4:32 am

You are the cutest!! Omg. LOVE!

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5 Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} July 2, 2013 at 6:50 am

I just about died when I saw this cake!! Love love love the little bitty sock for Dobby!! This is the perfect birthday treat for the free elf!!

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6 Sandie July 2, 2013 at 7:22 am

How many beers can you drink while making this??

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7 Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen July 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

This is so cute and adorable! I’m sure Dobby would love it.

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8 Katie July 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

I LOVE THIS!!! And thank you for keeping Harry Potter love going!! :)

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9 nessa July 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Dobby is my complete favorite character! I’m sure he would love this cake :)

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10 Miss Messy July 3, 2013 at 5:01 am

This is freaking amazing! :D I love harry potter themed things!

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11 michelle July 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

awesome! and happy birthday dobby!!

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