There are several restaurants famous for their whipped honey butters and delicious hot yeast rolls. Since I don’t frequent these restaurants much anymore, but still dream of those rolls and butter, I decided to make my own to enjoy at home.
Even if I’m not flavoring my butter, I like do like to whip it or purchase it in a tub already whipped. It’s easier to spread and because of that, I tend to use less which helps me save fat/calories without sacrificing flavor or using imitations like margarine.
All you need is a stick of unsalted butter, a couple tablespoons of your favorite honey, and cinnamon/nutmeg (if you wish). Whip them all together and you have heaven in a dish – haha, that rhymed! (Yes, I’m a super dweeb like that…) All ready to melt all over some warm Hawaiian rolls or home-baked bread, if you are so inclined. :) I’ve recently discovered how amazing this honey butter is on my family’s Italian Easter bread – get the recipe here >> Italian Easter Bread. You will definitely want to bake up a batch before your family’s holiday meal! (Thank goodness I needed to re-test my Grandma’s old recipe – now I have plenty of loaves of fresh bread to munch on!)
Start by whipping the butter thoroughly until it is light and fluffy.
In theory, you could totally whip this up by hand, but a hand or stand mixer will make the job far easier. The final product will be fluffier and the flavors better blended together.
Add in the honey as well as the cinnamon and nutmeg if you choose. Whip together until the honey and spices are well blended. You could also add a pinch of salt if you’d like.
I found 4 tablespoons of local blackberry honey to be perfect for my taste. Your amount may differ depending on your tastes and the type of honey you use. I recommend starting with 2 tablespoons, adding additional if desired. In addition, I highly encourage you to hit up your local farmer’s market in search of a local honey to purchase – I honestly believe it makes a difference in flavor. I’ve also heard that consuming local honey can help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms (I’m not making any official medical claims here, purely anecdotal based on advice given to me and personal family experience).
If you are in the Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA area, definitely look for The Honey Pit. They have different flavors available (be sure to take advantage of their samples!) and sell their honey at several local farmers’ markets as well as year round by mail. Check out this website for more info on where to find them. Their blackberry and “mystery” flavors are my favorites :)
Tah dah! Just like in the restaurants, only WAAAAAAY better.
This would be a great item to volunteer to bring to a family meal – so quick and easy. Just make a batch (or two) of this butter right before you leave, stop by the store for your favorite bread/rolls – done!
I couldn’t resist, I had to slice and butter up a piece of bread right in the middle of my shoot, LOL! Lucky for me, it made for a few nice pictures…
So delicious on a slice of freshly baked Italian Easter bread. Find the recipe here >> Italian Easter Bread
I store any leftovers (if there are any! I recommend double batches…) in a small mason jar. I love using these plastic screw on lids for storing mason jar refrigerated items like flavored butters and homemade dressings – so much easier than the rings and lids that come packaged with the jars. Handy tip: Use a dry erase marker to label the lid with what’s inside, plus the date you made it :) Bonus: You can use these plastic lids with freezer-friendly jars as well! (But do not use for water process canning!)
Be sure to let it come back to room temperature before serving so it spreads easily. You may need to whip it a little again if it’s been in a particularly cold part of the fridge.
Kick those dinner rolls up a notch with this delicious (and easy!) whipped honey butter. Done in less than 5 minutes and SO good!
Serves: ½ cup
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2-4 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
dash of ground or freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
Whip butter with whisk attachment of hand or stand mixer on medium speed until butter is light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
Add honey and flavorings and continue to whip until well blended.
Serve immediately at room temperature or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Bring back to room temp before serving. Re-whip as needed.
I found 4 tablespoons of local blackberry honey to be perfect for my taste. Your amount may differ depending on your tastes and the type of honey you use. I recommend starting with 2 tablespoons, adding additional if desired. DEFINITELY take advantage of any good quality local honey you can find :)