This strawberry basil compound butter is quick and simple, making it the perfect addition to your brunch or breakfast spread. Try it out on toast, muffins, or even waffles for a buttery, sweet and herby delight. This butter also makes a gorgeous gift during the holiday season for your favorite foodie friends and family. Try it out and let us know what you think.
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Just *look* at this gorgeous, buttery, sweet, spreadable, gift-able, strawberry basil compound butter. It’s the stuff of dreams. It’s like you stepped into my aesthetically pleasing roadside artisanal foodie shop; a girl can manifest, right?
You won’t be shelling out big bucks for this though, because you’re going to make it yourself. Then, you’ll have it on hand for all of your breakfast and brunch needs.
You can spread this butter in waffles, muffins, or toast. That part’s up to you!
What is Compound Butter?
Compound butter (beurre composé) simply refers to butter that has been enhanced with other ingredients. More commonly than not, those ingredients are fresh herbs or even garlic, but there are tons of possibilities. Compound butters can be savory, sweet, fruity, or even spicy. We make compound butters by the ton in our household. A personal favorite is rosemary compound butter for chicken and steaks. My husband does an herbal blend for his holiday turkeys. So good.
What Other Herbs Pair Well with Strawberries?
Besides basil, other herbs that may pair well with strawberries in your compound butter include:
- Mint (think: strawberry mint lemonade)
Ways to Use the Butter/Serving Suggestions
What Ingredients Do I Need?
- Butter – unsalted (so that we can control our own salt content) and softened (not melted). Softened butter will be so much easier to whip and work with.
- Fresh Strawberries – stem and core removed.
- Fresh Basil – roughly chopped
- Salt – salt makes the flavors really “punch”
- Sweetener of Choice – I prefer confectioners Swerve sweetener, to keep my butter low-carb, but you can use sugar, agave, or honey if your wish.
How to Soften Butter
My favorite way to soften butter is old reliable: leave it on a dish on my countertop at room temp for at least an hour or so.
If you forget this step and you’re short on time you can grate the butter into small shavings for a faster softening process.
I do not recommend microwaving the butter.
How to Make Strawberry Basil Compound Butter
Remember to start with softened, unsalted butter. Add the butter to a medium sized mixing bowl.
Use a hand mixer to whip the butter for about 20 seconds, until creamy and smooth.
Note: you can also use your stand mixer.
Using your food processor of choice, add the strawberries (minus the stem and core) and pulse until a smooth puree forms.
Add the strawberry puree as well as the chopped basil leaves, salt, and sweetener to the whipped butter, and use the hand mixer to continue whipping until the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
Creating and Wrapping a Butter Log
Add the compound butter to the center of a large sheet of parchment or wax paper
Fold the parchment/wax paper in half so that the compound butter is near the fold.
Use the back of your hand to push the butter toward the fold, while the other hand keeps the paper in place. You will notice a log shape beginning to form.
You can then twist the ends and secure them with string (optional) until ready for use.
Another fun way of serving or displaying your beautiful compound butter is by molding it. You can achieve this with the food-safe silicon mold of your choosing.
Add the butter to the mold, ensure that it is evenly and well-packed. Cover the mold with a sheet of parchment or wax paper, the use the palm of your hand to firmly press, ensuring that there are no air pockets. Place the mold in the freezer overnight to ensure that it maintains the shape when removed.
Gift Wrapping your Butter
This butter makes an elegant gift during the holiday season. Whip up a batch to take to your neighbors, coworkers, family, and foodie friends! You can tie a little bow around it or even an herb bouquet (my favorite).
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This strawberry basil compound butter is quick and simple making it the perfect addition to your brunch or breakfast spread. Try it out on toast, muffins, or even waffles for a buttery, sweet and herby delight. This butter also makes a gorgeous gift during the holiday season for your favorite foodie friends and family. Try it out and let us know what you think.
- 2 Sticks Butter, unsalted (softened)
- 10 Large Strawberries , stem and core removed
- 8-10 Large Basil Leaves, roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt (you may add more, to taste)
- 2 teaspoons Sweetener (Swerve, Sugar, Honey, Agave)
- Add the softened butter to a mixing bowl, and use a hand mixer to whip until creamy and smooth, about 20 seconds.
- Use a food processor to pulse the strawberries until a puree forms.
- Add the strawberry puree, chopped basil leaves, salt, and sweetener to the bowl containing the whipped butter. Use the hand mixer to continue whipping until the ingredients are evenly incorporated
You can use the compound butter immediately, or store in the refrigerator.
Refer to the blog post for instructions for creating a butter "log" or mold.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g