Compound butter, which is a mixture of butter with additional ingredients such as herbs, citrus, garlic, and spices, is really simple to make, and effective at enhancing the flavor of food. Personally, I’ve had a lot of success with savory compound butters in the past, and often melt them over my meat dishes, vegetables, and sometimes even air-popped popcorn. It was only recently that I started experimenting with compound butters mixed with fruit preserves for a sweeter alternative to use over pancakes, French toast, and other breakfast-type foods, and it’s no surprise that butter mixed with jam, a classic combination, would be perfectly delicious.
Because I have an abundance of blackberry jam this year, I’ve been making lots of blackberry compound butter, and storing it in the freezer for breakfast gatherings. It’s a good way to use up some of our excess, especially when a jar of preserves is almost empty, and it makes a great hostess gift for brunch and breakfast dates.
• 2 sticks of salted butter
• ¼ cup berry preserves
• 2 half-pint jars with straight sides
• Wax Paper
• Wrapping Paper
• Personalized Labels from Evermine
Set your sticks of butter out to soften until room temperature. Place in a stand mixer fixed with a whip attachment, and begin beating at medium speed until the butter has softened. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add your fruit preserves. Mix on low, scraping the sides of the bowl down as necessary, until your berry preserves are swirled throughout. Don’t worry about mixing it in all the way.
Line two small half-pint jar with wax paper, and press your berry butter into the jars until full. Refrigerate for one hour, and remove. Grabbing the sides of the wax paper, gently remove the butter molds from their jars, and wrap the butter completely in the wax paper.
More homemade gift ideas from Lindsay:
Hot Cross Buns English Muffins Caramelized Onion Dip Pumpkin Butter