The joy of butter is just that: JOY! When you add flavors and a bit of good bacteria, you now have butter that is transcendent! The many dishes that they can be used for is astounding: look beyond buttering your toast and use these butters on top of vegetables, meats, and even desserts to make them shine with a complexity of flavors.
Here is a listing of seasonal butters that can be used throughout the holidays; they freeze well and can be used for a pretty hostess gift or part of a food Christmas basket. Feel free to use your creativity to come up with other flavor options.
Autumn Flavor Suggestions
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon all spice
- (Alternatively, use 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix)
Winter Flavor Suggestions
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup, amaretto, or triple sec
Spring Flavor Suggestions
- Zest of one lemon or lime
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill
Summer Flavor Suggestions
- 2 teaspoons each of parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme (can you hear Crosby Stills Nash and Young?)
- Other options can be added or substituted are: marjoram, lavender, tarragon or basil.
- 1 stick organic butter, room temperature
- 2 TBSP buttermilk
- Chop your flavorings finely and combine with the butter. Add the buttermilk and combine all until well mixed.
- Using a rubber spatula, place butter in a sheet of waxed paper and shape into a cylinder about 6 inches long. Like a piece of candy, twist the ends of the paper and place in the freezer to firm.
- For a really pretty present, pour into greased muffin tins for freezing. Wrap in colored aluminum foil, with the large end down.