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No More Boring Butter
Ready for Better Butter?
My 9 year old granddaughter, Emilie, and I celebrated Halloween by making a loaf of homemade bread. The fresh warm loaf smelled so good and looked delicious it just did not seem right to put plain ole butter on it. When I voiced that thought, Emilie's response was; "well let's make better butter." I thought, "why not?" We got busy going through the pantry and refrigerator to find the food we wanted to experiment with, the mini-chopper, the Kitchen Maid mixer, a few sticks of butter, and got creative. Truth be told not all of our experiments were eatable fortunately some were like:
- Apple butter is perfect fresh warm bread. Simply wash, peal, and slice one medium apple putting the slices in the mini-chopper grind until very fine. Now put a stick of butter in the blender or Kitchen Maid mixer to blend until creamy. Add the apples, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or fresh nutmeg and blend until well mixed. Place the apple butter mix on a plastic wrap and form in to a log. Roll tightly in the plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to eat. You can substitute all most any fruit! We made peach butter, banana butter, strawberry butter, and mango butter. In the photo below Emilie is preparing to put a mixture of fruit in to the mini-chopper to make her "All out Fruit Butter" it is a kid thing.
- Garlic butter. Garlic bread is perfect with just about any dish-right? You won't believe how easy to make a garlic butter that can be spread on bread or melted and brushed over rolls of muffins. In the mini-chopper place 2 or 3 cloves of garlic or a tablespoon of minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon of fresh parsley. rind until very fine. Cream a stick of butter in the blender or Kitchen Maid then add the garlic and parsley. Cream until well blended. Place on a plastic wrap and roll in to a log. Refrigerate until ready to use or melt 1/2 of the log to brush on rolls or muffins before cooking.
- Nut butter. Place one cup of any nut ( like walnut or pecans) or mixture of left overs in the mini-chopper grind until very find. Add to the creamed stick of butter continuing creaming until the nut crumbs are blended in. Form a log on the plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- Chocolate butter. Yes, chocolate butter. Cream the stick of butter in the blender or Kitchen Maid and pure in 2 tablespoons of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Blend well, roll and refrigerate.
- Peanut/chocolate butter. The kids love this. After pouring the chocolate syrup in to the creaming better add a tablespoon of creamy peanut better. Blend well, roll in to a log and put in the refrigerator.
You see, butter can be more than butter and bring new flavors to bread, biscuits, pan cakes, waffles, crackers, or saute with the garlic butter..it is all good.