Tudor Buttered Beere from 1594


In my latest Tudor Cooking with Claire I’m making a warming drink which is perfect for serving at a Christmas party or for enjoying in front of the fire instead of mulled wine.

It’s called “buttered beere” and is from Thomas Dawson’s 1594 book The good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin.

It is really easy to make. I loved it, but Tim wasn’t so keen. He preferred the chilled version which is definitely more mellow than the original.

I hope you enjoy it and do let me know if you try it.

There are now thirteen “Tudor Cooking with Claire” videos and you can view them at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLepqWJ7TpkrIgbue34EVDscILGEG3cViv

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2 thoughts on “Tudor Buttered Beere from 1594”
  1. Really enjoyed Claires presentation. The recipe seems very tasty. Would it be possible to give American measures as I would love to try this concoction. Thank you, Ellen Young, USA

    1. I just looked on https://whatscookingamerica.net/equiv.htm and I think I’ve got this right:

      1500 ml (3 bottles) of good quality British ‘ale’ – just over 6 cups
      1/4 tsp ground ginger
      1/2 tsp ground cloves
      1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
      200g demerara (natural brown) sugar – 1 cup seems to be 225g so just under a cup.
      5 egg yolks (yolks only are needed)
      100g unsalted butter (diced) – about 1/2 a cup

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