Spread joy with flavored butter
Stay away from the salty. Push that jam-streaked tub out the back of the fridge. The humble block of butter is enhanced with wild and wonderful flavors.
Chefs have long known the power of flavored or mixed butters with herbs, spices or other ingredients added to give it a delicious taste.
During the lockdown, many foodies began making their own compound butters and sharing the results on Instagram with the hashtag #Flavoured butter challenge.
Agri-food producers are now responding to growing demand by marketing ready-to-use flavored butters, from salty to sweet, with ingredients ranging from champagne to maple syrup.
They are more greedy than the previous offers on the shelves, and meet more success. Here are some of the most interesting. . .
A ROYAL WAVE
Abernethy Dulse Butter & Sea Salt (£ 2 per 100g, abernethy butter.com)
Contents: Cream, dulse (seaweed) and sea salt.
Taste: Allison and Will Abernethy make artisan butter at their farm in County Down, Northern Ireland, and supply major restaurants across the UK, while stocked at Selfridges and Whole Foods.
Their creamy butter is sprinkled with large reddish chunks of dried dulse, a wild seaweed.
Harry and Meghan served it to their guests with Scottish eggs as a starter, and it’s no wonder: smoked, salty, it really tastes like the sea. 5/5
FIRM THE STEAK
Beurre Sublime Béarnaise (£ 4.25 for 90g, farmison.com)
Contents: Unsalted butter, tarragon vinegar, tarragon, sea salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, Himalayan pink salt and white pepper.
Taste: The Sublime brand was originally conceived as a way to inject flavor into steaks. (Its founder, Chris Mair, also runs a steak appreciation company.)
His new Béarnaise butter is densely packed with herbal flakes and has that familiar creamy, lemony taste.
You wouldn’t need much to add flavor to the meat or to dress up a sandwich.
(If your taste leans towards spicy, try chimichurri butter based on the traditional accompaniment of South American grills – with parsley, oregano, cilantro, chili, garlic and lemon. , this gives a real boost.) 4/5
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Moose Maple Butter (from £ 3.99 for 150g, moosemaple.co.uk. Resellers include Harrods and Selfridges)
Contents: British butter, grade A pure Canadian maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt.
Taste: Made in Wales with 40 percent maple syrup, this butter can be used to glaze carrots, fry sausages and bacon, or try it on toast and crumpets as a healthy alternative to jam.
With that distinctive maple syrup taste (without tipping over to be sickly), this creamy and sweet golden butter is a real treat. 4/5
Abernethy Black Garlic Butter (£ 2.30 per 100g, abernethybutter.com)
Contents: Cream, salt and black garlic puree (black garlic, lemon juice, sea salt).
Taste: It’s something a little more imaginative than garlic bread. Black garlic – made when garlic is fermented for a fortnight to caramelize – tints this stick of butter a surprising chocolate brown and gives it a subtle sweetness beneath its peppery bite. Miles away from those sad bits of garlic butter found in frozen baguettes you stick in the oven, it prompted Nigella Lawson to tweet that spreading it on sourdough “may be the best thing I’ve ever eaten. or that I will never eat ”. Understandable. 5/5
Fortnum & Mason Champagne Butter (£ 5.95 for 195g, fortnumand mason.com)
Contents: Sugar, butter and champagne.
Taste: This golden butter packs an intoxicating alcoholic punch – it hits you even when you unscrew the jar. After all, it contains two types of Fortnum sparkling wine: Marc de Champagne and Fortnum champagne.
Taste like traditional cognac butter but with a lighter champagne touch. It would give a luxurious touch to a Sunday afternoon cream tea. 4/5
BREAKFAST TO SPREAD
Marks & Spencer Pot Butter (£ 3 per 100g, Marks & Spencer)
Contents: Pot and butter.
Taste: M&S sells this caramel tinted roll in a chic presentation case. You might be wondering who you can’t trust to separately spread their toast with butter and pot? However, M&S suggests that you use it to cook with, like any other compound butter, melting on your potatoes “for more depth and salty” or a rump “for more meat”.
If used to make scrambled eggs, it gives a satisfying “umami” flavor – that round, flavorful taste. But despite the gourmet presentation, you still pay an artisanal price for everyday ingredients. 3/5
GOT OF AMERICA
Chic cow’s butter whipped with floral honey and cinnamon (£ 2.80 for 150g, M&S)
Contents: Welsh butter, flower honey, cinnamon and salt.
Taste: This jar of lightly whipped, unsalted butter will be all the rage if you like cinnamon (although it’s not too strong if you’re on the fence).
Perfect for brushing a hot waffle to make your brunch more New Yorker.
From the same company later this year, a much more British butter: Earl Gray with Apricot. 4/5
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