Flavored Butters

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One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the yummy holiday treats.  If you are on Pinterest or Facebook or read many blogs you are probably about on overload right now with yummy, delicious sweet treats.  Every one is sharing their favorite holiday treats.  Most of them full of sugar – myself included!!

For those of you who might be looking for a holiday treat to give to friends and neighbors that isn’t sweet I’ve got a treat idea for you today.  Flavored Butters.

I love butter and eat bread so that I can eat butter.  Margarine was never allowed at my house growing up (and it was the sixties and seventies when margarine was totally in!)  My dad was a butter man.  So I learned at a young age to appreciate the fine flavor of butter.  No generic butter at our house.  We buy the good stuff.  My butter of choice is Darigold not only is it made here in the Northwest but it is just good butter!  There is a difference in butter.  A good quality butter will give you better results and flavor in cooking and baking.  You get a higher melting point and a better quality to your baked goods.  Darigold uses a European vacuum style churn to create a high quality better butter.

I decided to dress up the butter a little bit and create some flavored butters.  I am going to give a collection of flavored butters along with a loaf of homemade bread to some of our friends for the holidays!

Flavored butters can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the flavor of the butter.  I like to make both sweet and savory.  I think any flavor butter is good on a piece of bread but you can also use them on meat, fish, chicken to add a lovely flavor.  After you grill a steak put a bit of garlic herb butter on top and let it melt in – so good!

I came up with four different flavor combinations for flavored butters but use your imagination and I know you will come up with lots more!

Flavored Butters

Fig Butter

One of the easiest flavored butters to make is just a combination of butter and your favorite jam.  I used Fig to make a Fig Flavored Butter.  Just add in 1/4 C of jam to 1/2 C butter. I just used my little food processor to make the butters.  Just pop everything in and then pulse!  Orange marmalade or raspberry jam would be delicious too.

The second flavor I made was also sweet – Cranberry Butter.  Cranberry butter is a combination of fresh cranberries, maple syrup, orange zest and of course butter!  Love this one.  It would be yummy on pancakes or waffles too!

Cranberry Butter

After I process the butter I but it onto a piece of wax paper and form it into a log.

Roll it up in the wax paper and twist the ends.

Flavored ButterAdd a bit of washi tape around it to dress it up a bit and add a tag and you have a nice little, delicious gift for some lucky person!

Garlic Herb Butter

I also made two savory butters.  The Garlic Herb Butter is delicious and wonderful on warm bread or on top of a piece of meat or fish.  I used some fresh chives and parsley from my garden but you could use your favorite combination of herbs and I am sure dry herbs would work also but fresh is always better!!

Roasted Red Pepper Butter

The second savory one is amazing.  The color and the flavor!  I used a combination of roasted red pepper, salt and green onions.

Because of the liquid in the roasted red pepper this butter doesn’t hold together as well as the others.  I did make it into a log but had to freeze it so that I could cut it without it totally falling apart and it was still pretty crumbly.  Next time I would just put it in a bowl and use it from there instead of trying to make it into a log.

I cut a slice or two of each butter and combined them together for a flavored butter sample pack!

Did you know butter could be so pretty!!  Just roll it up in wax paper and you have a pretty and delicious and unique holiday gift!

So now let me know what flavors you’ve thought of!

For more wonderful butter recipes check out Darigold’s website.

This post was sponsored but Darigold but all opinions are my own!

Enjoy!

Leigh Anne

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Flavored Butters

Ingredients

    Fig Butter
  • 1/4 C fig preserves
  • 1/2 C butter
  • Cranberry Butter
  • 1/3 C fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • Garlic Herb Butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chives
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 C butter
  • Roasted Red Pepper Butter
  • 1/4 C chopped roasted red pepper (drain off liquid)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C butter

Instructions

  • For all butters, combine ingredients in food processor and pulse.
  • Place onto a piece of wax paper and form into a log.
  • Wrap in wax paper and twist ends.
  • Refrigerate

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Comments

  1. 1
    Simplee Sue says:

    Love, love, love the idea and do like flavored butters. I like to put them on corn on the cob. I never saw these flavors. Thank you so much for sharing. Pinned it!

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/bakin-up-christmas-cookies

  2. 2
    Kristy says:

    Thanks for this! I love flavored butters and you have some great flavor ideas here. :)

  3. 3

    This is PERFECT timing. I am hosting a holiday dinner party this Friday night and we are doing a DIY grilled cheese bar (another one of your ideas) and I thought flavored butter on the breads would be wonderful – thanks for the ideas of flavors!
    Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats recently posted..4th Annual Holiday Baking Extravaganza

  4. 4
    Tricia says:

    The best flavored butter I have tried was a honey molasses butter served at a fabulous brunch restaurant in Boston. I loved the light, sweet honey paired with the darker complexity of molasses!

  5. 5
    Winnie says:

    OH wowwwwww – I love this post
    This is a wonderful idea
    Great for dinner parties and for the holidays.

  6. 6
    Rachelle says:

    I was just wondering how long these might last when giving as a gift?

  7. 7

    This is an amazing idea that I have pinned! I would love you to come join my Pin Me Linky Party that starts Friday morning at 8am CST.
    Diana Rambles recently posted..Festive {Laundry} Baskets

  8. 8
    Emily says:

    DS SERIOUSLY likes butter – he would ask for flavored butter for Christmas if he knew about it!
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  9. 9

    I absolutely LOVE flavored butters. That roasted red pepper butter sounds divine :)
    Amanda @ the-taste-tester.com recently posted..Homemade Cracker Jacks

  10. 10
    Bethany says:

    Oh my goodness! This looks awesome! I will have to try this!
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  11. 11

    What a great idea. This looks delicious. I am visiting you via Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Happy Holidays. Anu

  12. 12
    LUCY says:

    I love this idea so much…I’m looking for quick gifts for my girlfriends and this fits right in…thank you ..ox
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  13. 13

    Really useful post! Thanks you shared it at my link party! All the best!
    Vera – Cupcakes Garden recently posted..Blueberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting by Jamie

  14. 14
    Kerstin says:

    Hi,
    I would love to try the butter pecan ice cream!

  15. 15

    These looks so amazingly good!
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer
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  16. 16

    These look delicious and beautiful also. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/7-recipes-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
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  17. 17

    Love this post sooooooo much! Found it at weekend potluck!
    Shiloh Barkley recently posted..Pecan Pie Cheesecake

  18. 18

    What fantastic flavor combos! They all look delicious. Very nice! Sure glad you linked up at Weekend Potluck…please come again soon.
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  19. 19
    Stacey says:

    Who knew? I have much to learn! I love this gift idea…wish someone would make me some flavored butter!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  20. 20
    Pam Fields says:

    I love this and can’t wait to give them a try. I also love the idea of giving as a gift. I will be using these through out the year! Pinned so I don’t lose you!
    Pam Fields recently posted..Hot Ham & Cheese Croissant

  21. 21
    Sean says:

    I’m the founder/moderator for Punk Domestics (www.punkdomestics.com), a community site for those of use obsessed with, er, interested in DIY food. It’s sort of like Tastespotting, but specific to the niche. I’d love for you to submit this to the site. Good stuff!
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  22. 22

    Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party will be live at midnight. I hope to see you there.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
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  23. 23
    Jessie says:

    Hi there! Stopping by to let you know that I featured this on Weekend Wonders tonight! Come by and grab a feature button if you’d like..

    You can find it here: http://thethriftinessmiss.blogspot.com/2012/12/weekend-wonders-20-and-features.html#.UNPKhG_BFPI

    Thanks for linking up on Weekend Wonders and Happy Holidays to you!
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  24. 24
    Kim says:

    I love flavored butters and your combos look divine! Congrats on being one of the featured recipes from last week’s Weekend Potluck. Have a wonderful holiday!
    http://sunflowersupperclub.blogspot.com/2012/12/weekend-potluck-47.html

  25. 25
    Stephanie says:

    Just saw this… someone pinned it on pintrest :) Great idea… Speciality butter is perfect for upcoming spring/summer bbq season. Garlic & Herb would be awesome on some grilled fish or corn on the cob.

  26. 26
    April Emigh says:

    You are making me fat……

  27. 27
    Briana says:

    I just foraged 15 pounds of morels, so I made garlic shallot morel butter. Should be amazing on grilled steaks, chicken, fish, or just about anything

  28. 28
    katie says:

    Hi I love love love this idea for christmas favours and maybe presents or hosting gits. How long would you give them an estimated shelf life? As well I know you can freeze regular butter, how would these do in the freezer? Thank you, cannot wait to try the fig one!

  29. 29

    What wonderful hostess gifts these would make! I am going to pin this on the Better Homes and Gardens board.
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  30. 30
    Jessica says:

    Pinned this a long time ago and am just now getting to check it out … love it! Am thinking to give as Christmas gifts along with a good crusty bread and bottle of wine. Thank you!

  31. 31
    Colete says:

    I just found this post on Sulia. What a yummy idea. I’m bookmarking this page to try a couple of the butters. Just pinned your pictures to my board as well.
    Colete recently posted..I Just Need a Small Food Processor. Right?

  32. 32
    LyRae says:

    Just found your website – so love this idea!!!! Just wanted to make sure but are you using salted or unsalted butter? I am assuming unsalted but I wanted to be sure before I attempt this.

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