VirginiaLynne has been experimenting in the kitchen for almost 50 years. She loves to share her recipes, cooking tips, and reviews.
Homemade Tastes Better
Love honey butter? Buying it can be expensive. In fact, I saw a rather small jar of honey pecan butter for $12 yesterday in our local supermarket. Since it was packaged attractively, it made my mouth start to water. However, I resisted the temptation to buy, and I ran home and made the same thing at home for less than $3. You can too!
In fact, it is very quick and easy to make a variety of types of flavored butter. You are only limited by your imagination. My step-by-step photos show you how to make your own. Moreover, I tell you how you can make different types:
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1/2 cup of honey butter
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange rind, or cinnamon, optional
- 1/4 cup ground pecans, optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
- Unwrap the butter or margarine and put in a bowl. If butter is hard, put in microwave for 5 seconds to soften, or leave on the counter for a while.
- Pour on honey. Mix with a fork or wire whisk until well blended. Add any of the additional ingredients and stir again. Store in butter crock or covered container in the refrigerator. You can sprinkle with a little of the additional ingredient on top. Serve with cornbread, muffins, toast, waffles or other bread.
- Orange Honey Butter: Use a small grater to grate fresh orange rind. Add 1 tea. of rind to honey butter and mix.
- Lemon Honey Butter: Use a small grater or zester to grate fresh lemon rind. Add 1 tea. of rind to honey butter and mix.
- Cinnamon Honey Butter: Add 1 tea. of cinnamon to the honey butter and mix.
- Pecan Honey Butter: Add 1/4 cup of finely chopped or ground pecans to honey butter and mix (you can also add lemon, orange or cinnamon).
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Great for Gifting!
Flavored butter makes an easy and quick gift to give to teachers, friends, neighbors, etc.
Put the butter in a mason jar or other covered container. Add some homemade bread, muffins, cornbread, or other quick bread, and you have an elegant and personal gift. Even better, enjoy making some flavored butter for your next luncheon, brunch, holiday party, or regular breakfast. Enjoy!
Can You Use Margarine?
Sure! In fact, you can even use the lower-fat butter substitutes and most of them are already soft, so you don't have to heat them up. In fact, the taste of honey and other ingredients can make these lower calorie butters better. You may need to make sure those stay in the refrigerator to keep a bit firm. Of course, butter tastes the best, and I have used that in my pictures to illustrate this recipe.
Butter Crock for Freshness
Years ago, my dear friend Katie, who loves old-fashioned things, showed me her antique butter crock and I've wanted one ever since. Finally, I found it listed as a butter keeper on Amazon. How does the butter crock work?
- You store 1/2 cup butter in the bell-shaped lid.
- You fill the crock with 1/3 cup water.
- You put the lid back down and the butter is immersed completely in water so it stays fresh.
- You change the water every 3 days or so.
- Don't keep the butter uncovered a long time, and push butter back down as it gets used so there are no air pockets.
You can leave the crock on the countertop, or on your kitchen table so that your butter is always ready to eat and spreadable. One recipe fits into the crock perfectly.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on August 28, 2013:
Regan--I love that idea about using honey butter on meat.
Regan Houser on August 28, 2013:
I have also used honey butter to add flavor to steaks and pork chops in the past. It adds a lot of flavor.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on August 04, 2012:
Kissayer--glad to know I can help you with some cooking tips! I love Louisiana cooking, which I actually learned when I was in California because I lived in an area that had a lot of transplants from New Orleans. Every place has their own unique foods. I have friends from Australia who love that veggie stuff on crackers--I've tried it and can't quite like it yet! Maybe I need a recipe!
Kristy Sayer from Sydney, Australia on August 04, 2012:
With my fiancé and his family being from Louisiana and me from Australia, I never knew what the fuss was about honey butter - until I went to Louisiana. I'm always preferring to make things myself so this recipe will definitely come in handy when he gets back here!
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on August 02, 2012:
Carol--your comment made me realize that I probably can figure out a way to make one of my favorite products--cream cheese with strawberries. Isn't it funny how we get used to buying something we can make ourselves?
carol stanley from Arizona on August 01, 2012:
I love honey butter and used to buy it. I think the brand was Downey. So now I have my own recipe here on hubpages. I am so glad to have found this. Cannot wait to make it. Thanks for sharing this.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on August 01, 2012:
Oh yum--I absolutely love scones. I need to make some now. Or, maybe I shouldn't!
Audrey Kirchner from Washington on August 01, 2012:
Oh love honey butter - I seem to be fixating on food this afternoon so must mean I need to go eat a piece of fruit or something~!
We have a restaurant in Bend that sells scones (the soft kind) with honey butter - we usually buy a bag just for "home use." ~Yummy