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Butter Me Up

June 24, 2012

I made flavored butter today.  I’ve made it before.  It’s one of those easy and wonderful things that for some reason I’d forgotten about.  I was going to make it with blueberries, but went with strawberries instead.

Imagine this on some toast, a bagel, or pancakes.  I’m a big fan of butter and peanut butter on a bagel, and this really brings the bagel to another level.

I’ll be sharing other flavors throughout the summer.  I’m especially hopeful that we will be able to blueberry pick this year.  We missed it last year and I’ve heard that the blueberry farm near us may have another bad season.  But if we can’t blueberry pick, I know that I can make some blackberry, raspberry, and cherry butter.   But don’t feel you need to stick to fruit, I’ve made maple butter too.   I mean, come on, it’s butter.  Butter makes everything taste good, right?

Strawberry Butter

  • 2 c Strawberries, pureed
  • 3 T Honey
  • 2 t Lemon Juice
  • 1 C Butter, softened

In a saucepan, add the pureed strawberries, honey and lemon juice.  Heat until the strawberries are thick and reduce by almost half.  Allow to cool and then cream the softened butter and strawberries together.  Chill the butter thoroughly until set.

You can place the butter in one cup mason bars and give out as a gift.

Here’s the post that inspired me.

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Ah Strawberries!

June 19, 2011

Happy  Father’s Day!

My friend Kathy sent me this wonderful recipe.  As soon as I saw it I knew I needed to make it for today.  I’ll admit that the amount of lemon zest made me do a double take.  I thought it might be too overpowering.  Not so!  Kathy said it was so refreshing and different.  I totally agree.   She also said it was a bowl of deliciousness.  It’s a perfect pairing to any summer gathering, BBQ, or mid-week meal.

I would really like to give this a try with raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries.  Or all the berries together.  This dish is really making me wish it was July.  July is, of course, blueberry picking.  I have fresh blueberries in the freezer from last year, but they would be too soggy, and because I have so many pounds in the freezer I can’t break down and buy any at the store.  I do know that my next trip to Costco will  definitely include raspberries and blackberries.

Oh and after enjoying some grilled meats and various sides, this dish is going to taste wonderful with some sugar cream pie.

Lemon Strawberries

  • 2 lbs Strawberries, cleaned, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 C Sugar, I actually used slightly less than a 1/4 C, but use as much as you want

Place the strawberries in a bowl.  Zest the entire lemon on top of the berries, then juice the lemon into the bowl (roll the lemon on the counter before juicing to maximize your juice yield).  Add the sugar and stir.

This will serve about 6 people.

Here’s the original.

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