Homemade Butters

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My mother often goes on about some store-bought flavored butters that she enjoys. Upon viewing the ingredients, I was unhappy to find corn syrup solids and preservatives listed. So I decided to try mixing my own. I started by softening sticks of vegan Earth Balance butter.   I whipped the butter and then split into two to make one garlic-herbed butter and one honey-spiced butter. For the garlic-herbed butter, I added:

  • Garlic powder
  • Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

For the honey-spiced butter, I added:

  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt

I didn’t measure the ingredients, but would taste test then make adjustments. And boy did I eat a lot of bread! The flavors tone down over a day as they marry together. Since my mother-in-law’s birthday was in a few days, and she just got a new bread machine, I decided to give her my first batch along with mixed dry ingredients for a bread recipe. The handmade gifts needed labels, so I placed the butters in pretty glass jars and finished with sticker labels. I placed the bread mix into a plastic zip bag then stapled a paper label across the top. The best part is that these butters can be used on so many other things besides bread. We already used the garlic-herbed butter on quartered potatoes. You could use the honey-spiced butter on sweet potatoes, pancakes, or oatmeal. The garlic butter would also be good for sauteing with vegetables or steaks.

Jenny

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