Flavored Butters Recipe
Compound Butters - Finishing Butter - Beurre Composť

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Also known as finishing butter, or beurre composť in French, A compound butter is butter that has been flavored by blending softened butter together with various ingredients. These can be savory or sweet. The recipe for all flavored butters is basically the same: soften unsalted butter and blend in the flavor ingredients with an electric mixer, beating at medium speed until completely blended (1 to 2 minutes). Use only fresh herbs and lemon or lime juice. Let the butter stand for an hour in a cool place, covered, so the flavors can develop; then refrigerate to harden.

Before refrigerating, you can roll the butter into logs with wax paper; press it into molds to create stars or other shapes; create balls with butter paddles; or simply press it into ramekins for serving.

flavored butter

flavored butter on toast

These tasty butter spreads are ideal for tea bread, muffins, scones, and pancakes.

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Flavored Butter Recipes - How To Make Flavored Butters:

In a medium-size bowl, whip 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature) until fluffy.

Using an electric mixer, combine the softened butter and other ingredients (listed below) together until they are light and fluffy and completely blended. 

Tips for preparing Compound Butters:

  • The butter must first be brought to room temperature and softened by beating it.
  • The flavoring ingredients must be very finely chopped or pureed. If any extra liquid develops, it should be drained off thoroughly before mixing in the butter.
  • For the flavor to better penetrate the butter, allow it to stand at cool room temperature for a few hours before refrigerating.
  • Compound butters may be stored in freezer, tightly wrapped. Use a sharp knife dipped in hot water for cutting the frozen butter.

Amounts below are guidelines - adjust to your taste. Let your imagination be your guide!

Chile Pepper Butter
1 chile pepper, deveined and seeded, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Chive Butter
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
Pinch fine sea salt

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
Powdered cocoa to taste
Sugar to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped hazelnuts

Creamy Brown Sugar Butter
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Honey Butter
(This is a childhood favorite)
1/2 cup honey

Honey Fruit Butter

1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 small banana

Kalamata Olive Butter
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup pitted chopped kalamata olives

Marmalade Butter

1/2 cup marmalade (lemon, orange, or grapefruit)


Raisin-Nut Butter
1/2 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
1/4 cup finely chopped raisins
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Rum Raisin Butter
3 tablespoon raisins or currants
2 tablespoons rum
Sugar to taste
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Sweet Citrus Butter
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons grated orange or lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange or lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

White Chocolate Butter
2 tablespoons white chocolate, melted and cooled
Ground cinnamon to taste


Fruit, Herb & Spice-Flavored Butter
Recipe courtesy of Ellen Easton's Tea Travels
articles and recipes.

1 cup unsweetened butter, room temperature
1/4 cup desired fruit, herb, or spice
Pinch of salt

Finely chop or process desired fruit, herb, or spice. Mix together with the softened butter. Blend in a pinch of salt to taste. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


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