Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Hot Dobby for Winky
by McGonaGirl

Winky the former Crouch family house elf had been fired for her failure to control and contain Barty Crouch Jr. His father, Barty Sr., must have been very angry indeed, for house elves were rare and coveted commodities in the wizarding world. It was all the more terrible for Winky, because she really did not want to leave the Crouch family. Fortunately, the Malfoy's former house elf, Dobby, found her and got her a job at Hogwart's.

Winky was hitting the butterbeer very hard, refusing other food or drink, and was often drunk or unconscious. She wished to die, but that was not possible, so she chose the next closest thing. Dobby, being a very kind house elf, worried about her and looked after her. He even discovered the "room of requirement" when he needed a place to hide her away during one of her binges.

Dobby realized that Winky was addicted to butterbeer, which was only mildly stimulating for humans, but for house elves it was a narcotic. He convinced her, in stages, to change her habits; first, she allowed Dobby to heat the butterbeer. He reasoned it was better for her than the cold beverage, and then he gently introduced her to other hot, sweet, rum-flavored drinks which had other nutrients added.

One successful drink was one she referred to as "Hot Dobby," which contained ingredients that were so rich and tasty that Winky didn't even notice that the rum was missing! Best of all, Dobby could make the "base" in advance and keep it frozen and make it up with just hot water when Winky needed it. It kept her sober and healthy, a big step to her eventual long-term recovery.

    Base
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ (8 oz / 225 g) powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ lb / 225 g light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups (1 pint) vanilla ice cream, softened
In a mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, and brown sugar, mixing them till the paste is smooth. Beat in the softened vanilla ice cream — do this quickly because you don't want the ice cream to melt. Pack this into a freezer-safe container with an air-tight lid, and store in the freezer.

Makes enough for about 8 to 12 servings.

    Assembly, for one serving
  • 3 tablespoons of butter/ice cream base, heaping!
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons dark rum (optional)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • grated cinnamon or nutmeg, for sprinkling (optional)
Place the base in a heat-proof mug or Irish coffee glass, and pour over the rum (if you're using it; omit this ingredient, if not). Pour the hot water into the mug, all at once, stirring till the base is melted and a "foam" layer forms on top. Sprinkle with grated cinnamon or nutmeg and serve.


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