Monday, February 29, 2016

Whipped Orange Butter

One thing I look forward to when I go to restaurants is the bread baskets.  I'm a carboholic, so when I see that basket piled high with warm airy bread I'm in heaven.  I'm perfectly content with a big bowl of bread, but when it's served with a side of creamy, light, whipped butter.  Well, then move over.  That stuff is all mine!

What is it that is so magical and tempting about butter that has been whipped to airy perfection?  Then when you add a flavor to it...honey, vanilla, orange, just to name a few.  It elevates it to a whole new level.  Call it compound butter and you've just blown everyone's mind!

Compound butter sounds super fancy schmancy, but it's super simple.  This butter is so incredibly easy and comes together in under 10 minutes.  But when you place a flavored, whipped butter on the table it truly elevates everything about the meal.  This butter is perfect on biscuits, waffles, pancakes, fluffy yeast rolls and a cranberry orange bread I'll be sharing soon!

We are so addicted to this butter.  It truly adds another layer of flavor to whatever you may schmear it on.  I have about a gazillion other flavor combinations floating around in my head and I can't wait to share those with you!

Whipped Orange Butter

4 Tbsp salted butter*, room temperature
Zest of a clementine, or zest of 1/4 of orange
1 Tsp orange juice
3 Tbsp powdered sugar


Place butter in a bowl and beat on high until smooth, creamy and pale in color, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the zest, orange juice and powdered sugar and beat until mixture is smooth and ingredients are completely incorporated.

Place in a bowl and serve, store sealed in an airtight container.  Alternately, place on a sheet of plastic wrap, roll in a log and chill for several hours or overnight.  When ready to serve, cut into disks and place on biscuits, bread, waffles or pancakes.

*You may use unsalted butter, but if you do add a pinch of salt to the mixture.

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

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